Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 18

August 24, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next Policy Team meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4 at 3:00 (EST). The draft TEGL on WIA/WP Plan Modifications and Unified Planning will be discussed.

 

Technical Assistance and Training

The Sources of Funding Resource Guide for Youth Providers developed by the Leonard Resource Group will be sent soon to regional offices via TEIN.

Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Co-Labs Distance Learning: OTIS is conducting ETA a a series of briefings for ETA staff on this project. A meeting with Intergovernmental Organizations was held in July and another is planned; they are supportive of this effort to coordinate with Dept. of Defense/National Guard and academic institutions to develop and standardize an interstate/international infrastructure and technological standards for training delivery and learning management (but not to develop training content). In the planned pilot phase, ETA's focus is on the training and continuous education of workforce development professionals. ETA project staff is soliciting suggestions for several existing training packages that can be converted for delivery by distributed learning. A work group will be established to develop an action plan.
Contact: Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; VLLoyd@doleta.gov)

Retooling State Economic Development Policy for the New Economy
The National Conference of State Legislatures has produced a document ("Retooling State Economic Development Policy for the New Economy") which may be of interest to Boards and community audit grantees. The executive summary is available at http://www.ncsl.org/programs/econ/retooling.htm.

Individuals interested in obtaining the full document can call NCSL's Marketing Department at 303-830-2054 and ask for Item #5359. The cost of this publication is $20. One copy of this publication is being provided at no cost to state legislators, their staffs and state legislative libraries.

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Partners

OMB Interagency Group on Incentive Grants: OFAM and OWS staff met with OMB, Education (OVAE), Transportation and HHS staff to discuss WIA Incentive Grants. OMB had asked Transportation and HHS to join the group because of their experience with such grants. A Principles paper was finalized and accepted by the group. Discussions centered primarily upon difference in WIA Title I and II (Adult Literacy) and Perkins Act, although we believe there are many more similarities than differences. OWS staff extended invitations to the group to join a meeting scheduled for September 5 and 6 with State and local partners to discuss renegotiating WIA plan levels. Contact: Jack Rapport (202- 693-2742; JRapport@doleta.gov)

Disability Employment Mentoring Day (October 24, 2001) will provide an opportunity for young people with disabilities to gain insight into career options within and outside the government. The Presidential Task Force for Employment of Adults with Disabilities hosted a planning conference call with staff from OYO and the Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Defense, Customs, General Services Administration, Social Security Administration, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), NASA, Internal Revenue Services, and Veterans Affairs.

Employment and training opportunities in the maritime industry will be the subject of an OYO conference call on Thursday, August 30 with 13 Youth Opportunity Grant sites that are located in close proximity to Seafarer Union Halls. A Seafarers International Union (SIU) representative, Bart Rogers, will be on the call to describe the opportunities available and answer questions. There is a need to recruit 10,000 entry-level people from across the country over the next five years.

 

Miscellaneous

UI/ES Reform: NASWA convened a meeting on August 8th with partners and stakeholders involved in the 2000 UI/ES Reform effort to discuss the current legislative environment and current interest in pursuing reform. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources and Senator Rockefeller's office were represented. Senator Rockefeller is interested in co-sponsoring a reform bill, and a Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing on the issues is likely at the end of September or early October. Representatives of organized labor, business, States and DOL were supportive of the package developed last year. Grace Kilbane and staff from OWS attended.

School-to-Work Transition
Chris Kulick will act as Director of the National School-to-Work Office through the sunset of the legislation on October 1, when staff and operations of the National School- to-Work Office will return to the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. Plans are underway to ensure a smooth transition and the effective management of federal funds, which remain available to States for several more years.

NASWA Announces LMI Awards Competition
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies has announced the 2001 Awards Program for Labor Market Information. The award categories are (1) Core LMI Service to the workforce delivery system; (2) Product for Jobseeker Customers; (3) Product for Business Customers; (4) Product for local workforce development; and ( 5) One-time/Special Research. The deadline for entries/nominations is October 5. Full details, application information, and previous award winners can be found at www.naswa.org.

WWW.DOL.GOV
On Thursday, August 30, the Secretary of Labor, Elaine S. Chao, is expected to announce the new and expanded DOL.gov website. The site will reflect a new organizational appearance -- with menu selections for "topics" and "audiences" -- along with a variety of updated features and information content for the public.

OMB Interagency Group on Common Performance Measures: ETA met with the OMB interagency group on performance measures in connection with the continuing project to develop common performance measures. OMB will also use this information in an analysis of effectiveness of Federal job training programs. Work is to continue to refine information on programs and performance measures with attention to statutory versus administrative performance measures and methodology for which individuals are included in performance calculations.
Contact: James Aaron (202-693-2814; JAaron @ doleta.gov).