Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 40

February 15, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next policy meeting is scheduled for March 5, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045; mflynn@doleta.gov).

 

Technical Assistance and Training

The National Workforce Development Research Symposium will be held Friday, March 22, 2002 at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington DC. The one-day Symposium will bring together a variety of individuals with expertise in research in employment and training to identify, through structured discussions, priorities for future pilots, demonstrations, research, and evaluation studies in areas related to workforce development. The topics and discussions from the Symposium workshops will be included as a section of the Five-Year Strategic Research Plan for 2002-2007 for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment And Training Administration.
Contact: http://www.heldrich.rutgers.edu/USDOL-ETA-ResearchPlan

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Partners

Job Corps and Public/Private Ventures

Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao signed a cooperative agreement that supports collaboration between Job Corps and Public/Private Ventures, a Philadelphia-based think-tank that specializes in research and demonstration projects dealing with high-risk and at-risk youth. The cooperative agreement supports community-based networks of mentors for at-risk and high-risk youth in Detroit, Indianapolis, Brooklyn, Bronx and Washington, D.C.

 

Miscellaneous

The Department has introduced a new toll-free number (1-866-275-7922) to make it easier for workers and employers to get help with questions regarding their retirement and health benefit plans. All callers will be automatically linked to the Department's Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA) Regional Office servicing the geographic area from which they are calling. Benefits Advisors will be available to respond to their questions, assist workers in understanding their rights or obtaining a benefit, and assist employers in understanding and meeting their obligations under the law.

WIA Spending Reports
Reports for the quarters ending June 30, 2001 and September 30, 2001 were provided to OCIA for transmittal to the Committees and the Congressional Research Service. They requested the reports in electronic format to assist their analysis. Also, House Appropriations Subcommittee staff asked for a table outlining spending estimates assumed in the budget for WIA state formula programs. OMB preferred to wait until the December 31, 2001 information is available.
Contact: Jack Rapport (202- 693-2742; jrapport@doleta.gov)

Dislocated Workers Formula Allotment Rescission
Sent out the computations to the regional offices. The reports provided to Congress displayed PY 2001 allotments after the rescission. We are concerned that regions would get calls and be unaware of revised levels.
Contact: Jack Rapport (202- 693-2742; jrapport@doleta.gov)

WIA State Financial Reports for 12/31/01
We have looked in EIMS and see that almost all states reported on time. An e-mail was sent to the Regional Administrators requesting that they expedite review and approval of these reports. This will enable the preparation of preliminary information for the Assistant Secretary's hearing next week. Contact: Jack Rapport (202) 693-2742; jrapport@doleta.gov.

GAO Final Reports
GAO Final Report No. GAO-02-274: "Workforce Investment Act: Better Guidance and Revised Funding Formula Would Enhance Dislocated Worker Program", and "Workforce Investment Act: Improvements Needed in Performance Measures to Provide More Accurate Picture of WIA's Effectiveness" (GAO-02-275, dated February 2002) have been received in ETA for response. Contact: Jim Aaron (202) 693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs
The FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE for February 21 announced the availability of financial assistance and requests applications for the FY 2002 Basic Center Program for Runaway and Homeless Youth (BCP), FY 2002 and 2003 Transitional Living Program (TLP) and FY 2002 Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Cooperative Agreements.

The overall purpose of TLP for homeless youth is to establish and operate transitional living projects for homeless youth. This program is structured to help older, homeless youth achieve self-sufficiency and avoid long-term dependency on social services. Transitional living projects provide shelter, skills training, and support services to homeless youth ages 16 through 21 for a continuous period not exceeding 18 months.

Any State, unit of local government, (and combination of such units) are eligible to apply for Basic Center Program and Transitional Living Program funding. Any private nonprofit agency, organization or institution is eligible to apply for these funds. Federally recognized Indian Tribes are eligible to apply for Basic Center grants. Indian Tribes that are not federally recognized and urban Indian organizations are also eligible to apply for grants as private, nonprofit agencies. Faith-based organizations and small community-based organizations are eligible to apply for Basic Center grants.
Contact: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-4122-filed for application information.

usworkforce.org website
The following items are from the usworkforce.org website: