Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 20

September 7, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next Policy Team Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th at 3:00 EST.

 

Technical Assistance and Training

The Office of Youth Services has just published "Sources Of Funding For Youth Services" at http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/pdf/sources.pdf. This guide supplies a comprehensive listing of up-to-date references of potential partners and available funding resources that can be tapped to enhance service delivery to youth. The guide was prepared by the Leonard Resource Group and also contains valuable information on the key elements of developing a proposal when trying to partner with potential funders.

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Partners

A Stakeholder meeting was held on September 5th and 6th in Washington, D.C. to convene a Partners Workgroup on policies for Revising Negotiated Levels of Performance, and on establishing a Menu of Additional Indicators of Performance. The meeting was attended by approximately 40 Federal, State, and Local partners from the WIA system, as well as some interested inter-governmental organizations. The Department of Education was also represented. Deputy Secretary Lenita Jacobs-Simmons opened the session stressing the importance of this task for the system, and by delivering a message from Assistant Secretary Emily DeRocco. The Assistant Secretary challenged the group to complete the Revisions policy for publication by the end of October so States will have this guidance available this Program Year. The work on additional Indicators may continue into the next calendar year. After a full briefing on both issues, the group came to preliminary agreement on what needed to be accomplished, and individuals volunteered to serve on one of two continuing workgroups.
Contact: William Rabung (693-3160; WRabung@doleta.gov)

 

Miscellaneous

Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS)

Development and testing of the Wage Record Interchange System was completed August 22. States which participated in the pilot WRIS can transition to the production WRIS as soon as they have requested and received new user IDs and passwords and have signed new data sharing agreements. Non-pilot States will need to install WRIS software and test connectivity as well as take action on IDs/passwords and data sharing agreements. Interested States should contact NASWA for details on participating in WRIS.
Contact: Wayne Zajac (202-693-3054; WZajack@doleta.gov)

Budget

PY 2000 WIA Spending: OFAM completed a compilation of reports submitted for the period ending June 30, 2001 for the WIA Youth, Adult and Dislocated Workers programs and provided them to OCIA and the DOL Budget Office for transmittal to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The reports show that increased amounts of JTPA FY 1998 and 1999 than were previously reported were transferred to WIA and spent during the PY 1999 transition year and PY 2000. This has no effect on levels of carry-out to PY 2001 which is consistent with earlier estimates. For the Youth program, carry-out is estimated at 44 percent of the PY 2000 appropriated amount. For the Adult program, carry-out is 58 percent of the PY 2000 appropriated level. For the Dislocated Worker program, it is .....about 60 percent of the $1,271 million allotted to states. The Dislocated Worker National Reserve carry-out was $444 million, of which $39 million was PY 1998 funds which are no longer available to the grantees which received them. The $405 million carried into PY 2001 and available is about 127 percent of the PY 2000 appropriated amount. Contact: Jack Rapport (202-693-2742; JRapport@doleta.gov)

Dislocated Worker Reallotment and Rescission: Staff have been working with OAS and the Regions to gather information for computing a reallotment and rescission. As of the middle of last week, there were as many as 10 States that could be subject to a reallotment. As additional information needed to compute the reallotment is collected, it is expected that a number of these States will pass the required 80 percent obligated, but a few might not. At issue will be State revisions to reports and whether the revisions reflect the financial situation as of June 30, 2001. Similarly, there are some remaining issues with State reports on spending which will be resolved this week. A number of issues have arisen because of the more intensive review of reports which might require additional oversight actions. Contact: Jack Rapport (202-693-2742; JRapport@doleta.gov)