Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 48

April 12, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


The next policy meeting is scheduled for April 30, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045;

Technical Assitance

Introduction to the Use of Skill Standards and Certifications in WIA Programs (2002)

The National Skill Standards Board has recently updated "An Introduction to the Use of Skill Standards and Certifications in WIA Programs - 2002." This publication introduces concepts, issues, and approaches related to the successful use of standards and certification programs in WIA program designs and operations, while promoting the incorporation of nationally recognized, industry-based skill standards and certifications. Contact:

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


ETA and SBA Seek Microenterprise Development Proposals for Urban and Rural Areas

RFP-DCS-02-25: Microenterprise Development for Urban and Rural Areas - The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in conjunction with the Small Business Administration (SBA), is soliciting proposals to aggressively market self-employment assistance as an effective workforce development strategy and to test the effectiveness of providing micro loans and entrepreneurial training services to workers through one-stop centers in urban and rural areas. This solicitation is a 100% Small Business Set-Aside. The closing date is May 12, 2002.

Two TANF Reauthorization Proposals Introduced in Congress

The Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2002: H.R. 4090 was introduced in the House Ways and Means Committee on April 9. The bill's purpose is "To reauthorize and improve the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families, and for other purposes." Contact:

Working Toward Independence Act of 2002: H.R. 4092 was introduced in the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee on April 9. The bill's purpose is "To enhance the opportunities of needy families to achieve self-sufficiency and access quality child care, and for other purposes." Contact:

HHHS/ACF Announces Funding for "Individual Development Accounts" Demonstration Programs

Through an announcement in the April 15 FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE, HHS/Administration for Children and Families is inviting eligible entities to submit competitive applications for new grants to establish, implement, and participate in the evaluation of demonstration projects that will offer Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) to lower income individuals and families. To be considered for funding, applications must be received on or before June 14, 2002.


Availability of Funds to Support Youth Development Practitioner Apprenticeship Initiative

In SGA/DFA 02-110, ETA announced the availability of competitive grants to be awarded under the Youth Development Practitioner Apprenticeship (YDPA) initiative. This initiative targets incumbent and prospective professional youth workers working directly with young people. The funding available is $900,000 and is open for application and award to two categories of national organizations: (1) National organizations and (2) National organizations previously awarded a national organization grant award in 2001 in response to the YDPA Implementation Grant SGA published in the Federal Register Notice Vol. 66, No. 65/Wednesday, April 4, 2001.
Contact: Mamie D. Williams (202-693-2879) or Web site: .

WIA State Spending

Reports for the quarter ending December 31, 2001, were shared with Appropriations staff during briefings on the emergency supplemental request conducted by Mason Bishop. Budget staff are preparing backup justification packages for the emergency supplemental.
Contact: Jack Rapport at