Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 52

May 10, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)



The next policy meeting is scheduled for May 28, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Contact : Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045;


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events



Chicago Forums on Expanding Families' Access to Tax Credits

The National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF) is hosting a half-day forum in Chicago June 19th on the role of municipal leadership in increasing the flow of federal tax credits to local families. The Earned Income Tax Credit can bring significant new money into local economies while helping low-income working families, yet millions of dollars goes unclaimed by eligible families who do not know how to claim these tax credits. A growing number of municipalities are taking steps to boost utilization of the EITC among residents. Following the forum, there will be a two-day conference (June 20-21) on expanding access to tax benefits for working families, hosted by the Center for Law and Human Services (CLHS). A variety of participants from state and local organizations are expected to attend to learn more about developing public education campaigns, free tax preparation programs, and asset-building strategies to maximize available federal tax credits. The YEF Institute has disseminated nearly 6,000 "Helping Working Families" action kits to municipal leaders interested in promoting the EITC and other federal benefits. CLHS is a Chicago-based nonprofit that trains and deploys more than 600 volunteers every year to provide tax counseling and legal services to more than 10,000 families and individuals.
Contact: Julie Bosland (202-626-3069) or
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US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce 2002

ATELS, OFAM, and ESA partnered to participate in the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce CelabrAsian 2002, in New York City on May 6 & 7, 2002. This was the first kind for this Chamber. It provided small Asian owned businesses an opportunity to network with major corporations to gain entry into their procurement process as suppliers. DOL was there to provide information about the workforce development system, our grants process, and general information that a new or small employer should know about employee rights and basic labor laws. Many of the employers were not aware of the workforce development system and its benefits to them at no cost.
Contact: Walter Collins (202-693-2802;



Representatives of OFAM, OAS, OYS and OWS met with representatives of the OIG to begin consultation on ETA's data validation project. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the OIG with the background of the project, clarify expectations from the consultation process and discuss preliminary next steps. The OIG was provided copies of the draft validation system handbooks for review and comment.
Contact: Jim Woods (202-693-3641;

Disability Employment Grants

The subject grant awards were announced through regional press releases. Totaling $5.5 million, each of these is a multi-site demonstration program to provide employment and training services to people with significant disabilities. Grant awards were made to the following organizations: Community Enterprises, Community Outreach Program for the Deaf, Epilepsy Foundation, Goodwill Industries International, Green Thumb, IAM Cares, International Association of Jewish Vocational Services, Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, Montana Job Training Partnership, New Education for the Workplace, Oregon Health and Science University, and Transcen, Inc. OAS will administer these grants. One-page descriptions, project sites and contacts are available on our disability Online website at
Contact: Sandra Johnson (202-693-3735; )

Approaches To Skill Shortages in the 21st Century: A Grantee Symposium

Over 250 grantee representatives and guests attended the conference, "Approaches To Skill Shortages in the 21st Century: A Grantee Symposium," which was held last week in Washington, DC. OAS demonstration grantees from across the country learned about the promising practices and pitfalls in planning for and implementing skill shortage initiatives. The Symposium consisted of 30 workshops on topics ranging from career pathways and working with customers with limited English proficiency to sectoral strategies and engaging the business community. Deputy Assistant Secretary David Dye introduced luncheon speaker Robert Milbourne, President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a civic group of top business, labor and education leaders involved in a range of issues including workforce development. Milbourne offered his perspective on several topics including WIA governance, training and sectoral strategies, and services for employers. Feedback from attendees centered on the need to improve linkages between economic and workforce development, and a growing interest in sectoral strategies. At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees offered observations about the Workforce Investment Act, identifying areas that appeared to be working and offering recommendations for adjustments. A report with recommendations for next steps is in development.
Maurice Birch (202-693-3523;

ETA Provides Guidance on Suggested Uses of Reed Act Distribution for Administrative Purposes

The Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 24-01: "Suggested Uses of Reed Act Distribution for Administrative Purposes." The $8 million Reed Act distribution was made on March 13, 2002.