Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 25

October 12, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next Policy Team meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30th at 3:00 p.m. (EDT).

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Partners

Federal Partners - Region V

Regional Office staff in KC and Chicago hosted the quarterly "Federal Partners' Meeting" on October 10th via video conference. The agenda included a review of labor market information (led by BLS staff), information sharing about ETA plans for Regional Forums to promote partnering in the One-Stop system, discussion of sharing information on partner agency reviews of States as well as specific issues, and ways to coordinate oversight visits to the States. Outcomes include: Agreement to share info on staff who serve as State leads in each agency to facilitate a coordinated approach to the State on specific issues, to share info on planning and review cycles among all agencies, and to look for LMI best practice examples. The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2002; an interim working meeting is scheduled for November 14, 2001.

Federal Partners - Region I (Boston)

On Wednesday, October 11 the Region I-Boston WIA Federal Partners held their 6th meeting which was hosted at the Shriver Job Corps Center in Devens, Massachusetts. As part of the meeting agenda, partners shared how their respective agencies were impacted by economic stimulus activities. The major purpose for the meeting, however, was to work toward finalizing the group's "Agreement of Principles" which describes how the regional partners will work together to support integration. It is anticipated that a final document may be completed within a month's time.

JETT*CON 2002

The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) has agreed to be the new co-sponsor/fiscal agent for JETT*CON2002, scheduled to be in Nashville, TN July 9-11, 2002.

 

Miscellaneous

BLS Information Collection

The October 15 FEDERAL REGISTER requests comments from stakeholders and the public on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' "CPS Displaced Worker, Job Tenure, and Occupational Mobility Supplement." BLS states: "The information collected will evaluate the size and nature of the population affected by job displacements, and hence, the needs and scope of job training programs serving adult displaced workers. These data will measure the severity of the displacement problem and assess employment stability." Comments are due to OMB's BLS Desk Officer by November 16. The Notice text can be accessed at: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-25941-filed.pdf

Career Kit Updates

Version 4.8 of America's Job Bank was implemented in production the evening of October 5th. Highlights that are included in this new version include: Implementation of the modified Veterans categories and definitions, an improved search results screen, enhanced zip code searching, acceptance of O*NET 3.0 codes from state systems, a quick search by O*NET family and the removal of the "500 limit" from search results.

An improved America's Learning eXchange (www.alx.org) search routine has been implemented. The new search routine produces faster search results. The search improvements -- achieved through modification of codes, search algorithm and database changes - will produce faster search results for our customers. Additional ALX improvements are planned later this year when equipment upgrades are installed.