Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 39

February 8, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next policy meeting is scheduled for February 19, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045; )

 

Technical Assistance and Training

Workforce Innovation 2002

The first meeting of the Workforce Innovation 2002 conference Steering Committee was held on February 1. The Workforce Innovation Conference will replace and incorporate the Jett*Con conference in July 2002, broadening the content beyond a technology focus. Bill Sanders, conference chair; Eric Johnson, program vice-chair; and Bruce Eanet, technology vice-chair, each gave presentations about the new focus of the conference. The next meeting of the Steering Committee will be February 8 to consider ideas for the program content and how to integrate technology. Contacts listed above for further information.

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Partners

Workforce Excellence Network

A Training and Employment Notice (TEN) was issued to the workforce investment system, providing information on the operational changes for the Workforce Excellence Network (WEN). The purpose of this Notice was to inform the system that the management of WEN will be transferred from DOL to the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), as of February 1, 2002, and to inform the system that DOL continues to be a partner of WEN. Contact: Jan Sten for further information at 202-693-3351.

Interagency Partnering Workgroup Meeting

One-Stop staff attended the Interagency Partnering Workgroup Meeting. Other agencies/organizations in attendance included: The Food and Nutrition Service, Women, Infant and Children, Job Access - Department of Transportation, Child Welfare League of America, the State Children's Health Insurance Program - Health and Human Services, as well as the Lifeline and Linkup America Program - Federal Communications Commission. The purpose of the workgroup is to develop better communication through interagency dialogue to better assist the under-served population with program access. Contact: Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045; )

Joint interstate/Combined Wage Compensation meeting

The Boston and New York Regional offices will be conducting a joint Interstate/CWC Meeting in Connecticut February 20 -21. In addition to the States in Region I Boston and New York, representatives from Canada, Pennsylvania, and Florida and their regional counterparts are being invited to discuss current issues and concerns involving interstate UI claims. Participation is also anticipated from the National Office and Lockheed Martin. Contact Tim Martin (617-565-2224; tmartin@doleta.gov)

 

Miscellaneous

GAO Report on WIA Performance Measures

The General Accounting Office (GAO) report --- "WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT: Improvements Needed in Performance Measures to Provide a More Accurate Picture of WIA's Effectiveness" -- is now available for review. This report was transmitted to the Congress on February 1.
Contact: http://usworkforce.org/leaving.asp?target=http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02

GAO Report on Human Services Integration

The GAO report -- Human Services Integration: Cosponsored Conference on Modernizing Information Systems -- is also available for review. A working group chaired by GAO and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government has focused on the critical issues that states face in developing information systems to support objectives such as integrated service delivery and performance monitoring across human services programs. The report provides a summary of the conference which examined (1) the capabilities of state information systems to meet information needs for welfare reform, (2) initiatives ndertaken by states to improve their information systems, (3) challenges to systems modernization, and (4) strategies to improve state information systems and facilitate service integration. Contact: (http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-02-121)

GAO Report on Dislocated Worker Program

The General Accounting Office (GAO) released the following report --Workforce Investment Act: Better Guidance and Revised Funding Formula Would Enhance Dislocated Worker Program. GAO-02-274, February 11. Contact: http://www.gao.gov

New Name For Green Thumb, Inc.

Green Thumb, Inc. a leading provider of training and employment for senior workers has announced a name change. Effective January 1, they became "Experience Works." The organization is a national, nonprofit organization reaching over 125,000 mature individuals throughout the United States and Puerto Rico each year. Contact: www.experienceworks.org