Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 1, Number 32 December 14, 2001 (For Internal Use Only) Policy The next policy meeting is scheduled for January 8, 2002 at 3:00 p.m.
Volume 1, Number 32
December 14, 2001
(For Internal Use Only)
The next policy meeting is scheduled for January 8, 2002 at 3:00 p.m.
Technical Assistance and Training
The America`s Workforce Network Research Conference Papers are now available online. The papers address a wide range of policy and program issues including: (1) Unemployment insurance, (2) Welfare to work (3) Employment Services, (4) Training and Skill Development, and (5) Labor Market Policy and Development. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
On December 11, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the latest round of awards totaling over $24 million under the H-1B Technical Skills Training grant program. The grants were awarded to local communities to provide high-level training to employed and unemployed workers for jobs in occupations where skills shortages exist. The H-1B Technical Skills Training grants are supported by user fees paid by employers seeking high skilled foreign workers under the H-1B visa program. The goal of the training grants is to prepare Americans for these same high skill jobs, reducing the dependence on foreign labor.
For a list of the grant recipients contact: usworkforce.org under the category "What's New"
Upcoming ETA Meetings
January 13-16 - Journey To Performance Excellence - Orlando, FL
January 14 -18 - (Cancelled) One-Stop Financial Management Training, Seattle, WA
Contacts for the Regional Financial Management Training Seminars: http://usworkforce.org/events/financialtraining.htm or Ed Donahue (202-693-3157; email@example.com) or Amy Knight (202-693-3027; firstname.lastname@example.org)
January 23 - (Region V) Federal Partners Meeting, Video Conferencing Chicago/Kansas City
February 5 - 6 - (Region V) WIA/TANF/WtW/Child Support Enforcement and Food Stamps/ETA Joint Conference, Chicago
January 10 - Workforce Recovery Conference, Washington , DC
The New York Regional Administrator and the RA for HHS/Administration for Children and Families convened the first of a Federal Partner Council for Federal agencies in this region. Over 20 agencies were represented including Commerce/EDA, Transportation, HUD, Ageing, Agriculture, RSA, VETS, and the Women's Bureau. The agencies agreed on a number of areas to collaborate on including specific issues such as: Youth, TANF reauthorization, WIA reauthorization, the need to educate the public about the Federal resources that are available and also an interest in focusing jointly on specific geographic locations such as the Caribbean and New York City and the aftemath of the World Trade Center Disaster. A planning committee was form to propose some options for organizing and for developing future actions agendas. All agreed the One-Stop concept could serve as a key organizing principle and at some point in the future the Federal partners could host a meeting between the Federal and State partners to promote and enhance collaboration.
The Department of Labor is sponsoring a jobs and skills fair entitled "Workforce Recovery Conference" on Thursday, January 10, 2002 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Washington Convention Center. The purpose of the day-long jobs and skills fair is to help put the Washington, DC region back to work. The even is for people in the Washington Metropolitan Area particularly affected by the aftemath of 9-11-01, and for those who are helping in the recovery. The event is free of charge to exhibitors and attendees. For more information contact: email@example.com
A response is being prepared to the final report of the OIG audit of WIA dislocated worker and TAA/NAFTA-TAA programs in El Paso. Contact: James Aaron 202-693-2814.
A final report on WIA state expenditures for the period ending June 30, 2001, will be sent to the Assistant Secretary along with materials necessary to complete the statutory rescission, assuming no Congressional action to withdraw the rescission. Also, OFAM will issue a preliminary report on spending by state and program this week based on reports approved in EIMS through December 7, 2001. Contact: Jack Rapport 202-693-2742