Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 43

March 8, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


Policy

The next policy meeting is scheduled for April 2, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045; mflynn@doleta.gov)

Technical Assistance and Training

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced on  March 12, 2002 grant awards totaling more than $23 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.   Contact:  http://www.doleta.gov/whatsnew/view.cfm

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Partners

Health and Human Services Partnership

Health and Human Services will co-sponsor a regional forum with the ETA Regional Three Office for faith and community–based organizations on April 9 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) is holding a series of public meetings on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. OSERS is also seeking written comments on "how well the objectives of the Act are being accomplished and on any barriers to the effective implementation of the Act." The schedule for the public meetings is as follows:

The March 18 FEDERAL REGISTER contains additional background on the consultation process and additional information on the locations for the public meetings.   Contact: Text version of OSERS Announcement of Meetings http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-6536-filed
or PDF version of OSERS Announcement of Meetings

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-6536-filed.pdf

Applications for Education Department’s “Projects with Industry” program due May 31, 2002.

 The program "creates and expands job and career opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the competitive labor market by engaging the talent and leadership of private industry as partners in the rehabilitation process."  Up to 79 grants in the $175,000 to $250,000 range will be awarded for up to 36 months.  The announcement appeared in the March 15, 2002, FEDERAL REGISTER. The announced priorities for the competition are:  1) demonstrate effective collaboration with the ``One-Stop'' service delivery system established under title I of the Workforce Investment Act; 2) demonstrate the use of alternative work settings, such as flexiplace or telecommuting; 3) facilitate the school-to-work transition of students with disabilities; and 4) demonstrate how literacy services can assist PWI consumers with low literacy levels to obtain higher earnings in competitive employment.  Under Education’s Competitive Preference Priority, up to 10 additional points may be awarded based on the extent to which an application includes effective strategies for employing and advancing in employment qualified individuals with disabilities as project employees in projects awarded under this program.  Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with their local DOL-staffed Business Leadership Network, if one has been established in the State, in order to expand services and employment opportunities to project participants

For Applications Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-7827.  TDD (toll free): 1-877-576-7734.  FAX: (301) 470-1244.  Web site: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html.  Contact: Kerrie Brown (202-401-9707), Mary Jane Kane (202-205-8484), Sonja Turner (202-205-9396), or Lois Vaughan (202-205-8749).

Miscellaneous

Labor Department Announces $8 Billion Transfer To State Unemployment

 Insurance Benefit Accounts

 U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced March 14  the transfer of $8  billion to state Unemployment Insurance trust funds from excess funds in the federal  unemployment accounts.

Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA2002143.htm