Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 54

May 24, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next policy meeting is scheduled for June 11, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Contact : Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045; mflynn@doleta.gov).

TEGL 28-01: "Program Guidance for Implementation of Comprehensive Youth Services under WIA."

This issuance discusses PY 2002 program performance goals, performance data issues, performance improvement strategies and interim measures, service and expenditure levels, out-of-school youth strategies, engaging community and faith-based organizations, youth development practitioner apprentice initiative, and WIA reauthorization. Web site: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/dmstree/ (click on the Document Management System folder, followed by the Training and Employment Guidance Letters' folder).

New DOL Web Site for Youth.

The Labor Department launched a new Web site, http://www.youthrules.dol.gov, a gateway to information on the Internet about young workers. It educates teens, parents, educators and employers about the hours young people can work, the jobs they can do and how to ensure safe work experiences. The Wage and Hour Division is also developing partnerships to provide educational materials and training to ensure that young workers have safe and rewarding work experiences, and it is revitalizing existing federal and state relationships to promote increased compliance with both federal and state child labor laws through improved communications and compliance assistance to employers. Every year, millions of teens work in part-time or summer jobs. Early work experiences can be rewarding for young workers - providing great opportunities for teens to learn important work skills.

 

Technical Assistance And Training

Workforce Innovation 2002 Educational Session Topics

Information for the educational sessions for WI2002 is now available on www.WI2002.org. The Super-Sessions and workshops will feature cutting edge information and practical tools for workforce investment professionals. Presenters include experts and practitioners from both the private and public sectors who will share their expertise in how to work with today's workforce and prepare the workforce of the future.

Workshops are organized under the following themes:

  1. Focus on Business Needs for a Skilled Workforce

  2. Imagine Future Work and Understand the Needs of a Changing Workforce

  3. Discover a Role in the Legislative Process

  4. Integrate Technology to Enhance Learning and Improve Services

  5. Manage Today's Dynamic Organization in an Era of Globalization

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

 

Partners

The Department of Education announced an NOFA to promote mentoring programs for children with greatest needs that: (1) assist children in receiving support and guidance from a mentor; (2) improve the academic performance of children; (3) improve interpersonal relationships between children and their peers, teachers, other adults, and family members; (4) reduce the dropout rate of children; and (5) reduce juvenile delinquency and involvement in gangs.

Eligible applicants are) Local Educational Agencies (LEAs); (2) nonprofit, community-based organizations (CBOs), which may include faith-based organizations; and (3) a partnership between an LEA and a CBO.

Additional background can be found in the FEDERAL REGISTER Notice at:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-13161-filed

OVAE to Host Public Forums on AEFLA and Perkins

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) held a series of public meetings on June 3 and 4 regarding the reauthorization of programs under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998.

The May 28 Federal Register summarizes the key issues for public comment.
Written comments must be received on or before July 30, 2002

Perkins reauthorization - Federal Register Notice
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-13265-filed

AEFLA reauthorization - Federal Register Notice
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-13266-filed

WIA Reauthorization Forum

The compiled notes from forums held in eight cities on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act are available. These forums were sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) during the March 28 - May 8 period. WIA Reauthorization forum notes are also available on
http://www.usworkforce.org/reauthorization/forums.asp

Miscellaneous

"Youth Resource Connection"

The May 31 edition of "Youth Resource Connection" is now available. This issue summarizes a number of important events, publications, technical assistance products, and grant opportunities for its readership -- our state and Local Workforce Investment Boards, youth councils, youth service providers, Youth Opportunity Grant sites, and other partners engaged in youth development.
http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/pdf/YRCMay31_2002.pdf

National Emergency Grant

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced a National Emergency Grant of up to $2.2 million that will aid workers laid off as a result of the tornado that caused widespread destruction in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. A million dollars will be available immediately. National Emergency Grant to Aid Dislocated La Plata, Maryland workers.
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA2002327.htm

Data Validation Project

New Hampshire and Utah have declined to participate as pilot states for the data validation project. New Hampshire cited staff layoffs due to budget reductions and Utah conversion to a new MIS system. Washington state has indicated their willingness to pilot the data validation methodology and Texas is in the internal review process with the likelihood that they will participate.
Contact: Jim Aaron (202-693-2814; Jaaron@doleta.gov)

WIA Annual Report

The Performance Task Force met with the Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Office of Policy Research to discuss the reports required by sections 136 and 189 of WIA. The task force will soon be forwarding to the Assistant Secretary a proposed format for the report required by section 136 that summarizes information in the state annual reports. The more comprehensive annual report required by section 189 will follow later.
Contact: Jim Aaron (202-693-2814; Jaaron@doleta.gov)