Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 1, Number 35 January 11, 2002 (For Internal Use Only) Policy The next policy meeting is scheduled for January 22, 2002 at 3:00 p.m.
Volume 1, Number 35
January 11, 2002
(For Internal Use Only)
The next policy meeting is scheduled for January 22, 2002 at 3:00 p.m.
Upcoming ETA Meetings
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; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amy Knight (202-693-3027; email@example.com)
January 23 - (Region V) Federal Partners Meeting, Video Conferencing Chicago/Kansas City (postponed)
February 5 - 6 - (Region V) WIA/TANF/WtW/Child Support Enforcement and Food Stamps/ETA Joint Conference, Chicago
Welfare-to-Work (WtW) Homeland Security Project
The WtW office continues to advance its plan of recruiting WtW and TANF program eligibles to be trained and hired as Federal security screener personnel at airports nationwide. Through a partnership with HHS-TANF, WtW hopes to enter into an interagency agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the DOT in order to provide qualified applicants as well as training, post-employment and support services to qualified new hires. If ETA funding was made available, WtW would select, through limited competition, an organization with national presence to coordinate the nationwide recruitment, assessment, referral and post-employment activities of WtW and TANF applicants through the One-Stop system.
Region II and State Agencies
On January 8, the Regional Office held a State Leadership meeting. In attendance were the Cabinet heads of theState/Commonwealth agencies in the region responsible for administering the Workforce Investment Actprograms, ETA Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco, ETA Deputy Assistant Secretary Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, OCIA Deputy Assistant Secretary Karen Miller, ETA Special Assistant Erika Baum, Regional Administrator Thomas Dowd and Regional Management Staff.
Region II and HHS
The Welfare-to-Work (WtW) Team jointly hosted a two-day conference with Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families in Philadelphia, January 9-10, 2002. Attendees included the Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) Directors from each of the States in the region, the WtW competitive and formula Grantees, and several Workforce Development staff from Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The conference addressed serving TANF/WtW clients with multiple barriers to employment and attempted to discover and articulate ways of collaborating to provide better services to this population.
Ticket to Work
The Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program Final Rule, 20 CFR Part 411, was published on December 28, 2001. The Ticket to Work program provides beneficiaries with disabilities with expanded options for access to employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services. ETA is developing a TEGL describing the opportunities the Ticket to Work initiative presents to the One-Stop delivery system. Contact: http://www.ssa.gov/regulations/rin0960_af11f.htm
Labor Surplus Area List
The Fiscal Year 2002 labor surplus area list contains 1,091 areas in 49 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The list only includes those states and jurisdictions with designated labor surplus areas. All of the qualifying areas in the Nation are listed in alphabetical order by State or State equivalent. The Fiscal Year 2002 classifications will be in effect through September 30, 2002. The FY 2002 list also includes Whiteside County, Illinois, an area that was certified under the exceptional. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/whatsnew/view.cfm
The Earned Income Tax Credit Eligibility and Participation is now available. Contact: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?gao-02-290r