Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 58

June 21, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Policy

New England WIB Conference

On June 19th, Regional I sponsored its second major conference for New England Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), in conjunction with the National Center for Education and the Economy, Northeastern University, the Ford Foundation, New England Training and Employment Council and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. This event was targeted specifically at WIB Chairs and Executive Directors and was entitled: WIB Leadership in a Changing Economy. The purpose of the conference was to highlight the key role of WIBs and the need for strong leadership by offering topical information on economic trends, and presenting creative models for addressing challenges facing WIBs in our changing economy. Speakers included Dr. Graham Toft, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and the Honorable Steve Gunderson, Managing Director of the Greystone Group and former member of Congress and ranking Republican, House Employment Opportunities Subcommittee. Working sessions on Layoff Aversion, Creative Responses to Layoffs, and Capacity Building: Anticipating and Meeting the Needs of Employers and Job Seekers were featured. The conference provided a wealth of timely and excellent information to the approximately 50 WIB Chairs and Executive Directors in attendance.

Contact: Eileen Cooper-Collins (617-565-2289; ecooper@doleta.gov)

Sixth Annual Rapid Response Summit

The 6th Annual Rapid Response Summit, coordinated by Region I, was held in Burlington, VT from June 12 - 14. Over 130 people attended the conference including Assistant Secretary Emily DeRocco. The highlight of the event was the signing of the Memorandum of Coordination (MOC) regarding Rapid Response activities. The original MOC included only the New England states. This year, 6 additional states signed the MOC as did the AFL-CIO. Workshops and roundtables were held on a variety of topics including the Trade Program. The following states/territories were represented: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and the Virgin Islands.

Contact: Tim Theberge (617-565-2273; ttheberge@doleta.gov)

WIA Incentive Grants

OFAM is working with the Department of Education on the incentive grant applications from the twelve eligible states. OFAM and the Department Of Education have agreed upon issues that require follow-up with selected states. The incentive grants are to be awarded by June 30, 2002.

Contact: Christine Kulick (202-693-3937; ckulick@doleta.gov)

Miscellaneous

Quality Child Care Initiative

USDOL/ETA is awarding 10 grants totaling $3,238,326 to implement the final round of the Quality Child Care Initiative. The grants will assist in building a national system for the education and training of professional child care providers. Also, it will expand the National Apprenticeship System by incorporating diversification of occupational entities through development of new and innovative strategies for increasing participation among the representatives of the child care industry.

Contact Herb Green (202-693-3782; hgreen@doleta.gov)

America's Service Locator

Jen Warren has left the America's Service Locator (ASL) project for the Business Relations Group. Jen and her team have worked hard to build the Service Locator to a valuable resource for our customers -- from 295,000 "hits" in May 2001 to over 2 million "hits" in May 2002. Harvey Ollis will be taking the administrative responsibilities of ASL as it prepares to join its electronic tool colleagues on the new "Career One-Stop" portal page.

Contact: Harvey Olllis; (202- 693-3699; hollis@doleta.gov)

Representatives from 11 states visit eastern N.C. Work Central project for the Working Poor

Representatives from HHS and eleven states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia -- vested the North Carolina Work Central project. The June 18-19 visitation was part of the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network, an effort by the U.S. Office of Family Assistance to foster innovative programs.

Contact: Harvey Olllis; (202- 693-3699; hollis@doleta.gov)

RETA Proposes a Series of Surveys to Address Operational Issues Associated with WIA, TANF and Other Program Reauthorization

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments on a series of proposed new collections of data from State Workforce Agencies and Local Workforce Investment Areas on issues relating to the implementation and operation of programs authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The agency is seeking clearance for a series of eight (8) to twenty (20) separate surveys to be administered over the next three years. Each survey will be relatively short (10 - 30 questions) and -- depending on the nature of the survey -- may be administered to State Workforce Agencies, Local Workforce Boards, One-Stop Centers, Employment Service offices, or other Local-Area WIA partners. Each survey will be designed on an ad hoc basis over the three-year period; each survey will either cover the universe of respondents or a properly drawn random sample.

The surveys will address key operational issues in light of the coming reauthorization of WIA, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant and the multiple programs which are mandatory partners of the WIA system (such as vocational education, adult education, higher education, and vocational rehabilitation). Beyond WIA/TANF reauthorization, ETA also needs to identify challenges and impediments that States and Local Areas are encountering in order to meet its obligation to issue policy guidance, provide technical assistance, and accurate information, and promote continuous improvement.

A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained from:

Kerri Vitalo,
Employment and Training Administration,
U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave.,NW.,
Room N-5637,
Washington, DC 20210;

CompTia IT project (202-693-3912; kvitalo@doleta.gov)

CompTia IT project

The Department's Policy Review Board notified OATELS on June 12 that the second year funding request for the CompTia IT project has been approved. The $475,800 grant will continue to explore registered apprenticeship as a means of addressing the IT workforce shortage and the "paper certification" issue between employers and entry level workers. The current grant is scheduled to end on December 31, 2002.

A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained from:

Contact: Jim Conelly (202-693-2869; jconnelly@doleta.gov)

FY 2004 Budget

The complete budget packages are currently in review and will be provided shortly to the DOL Budget Center. A memo outlining the ETA request was submitted last week.

Contact: Jack Rapport (202-693-2742; jrapport@doleta.gov)

Dislocated Worker Rescission

OAS and OGCM staff are working with SOL and agency leadership to announce and execute the $110 million rescission of PY 2001 Dislocated Worker formula funds. Refunds of monies drawn down will be required in about half the states.

Contact: Jack Rapport (202-693-2742; jrapport@doleta.gov)

GAO Entrance Conference

The GAO has requested an entrance conference during the week of July 1 regarding a study of promising practices supportive of the One-Stop Center delivery system.

Contact: Jim Aaron (202-693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov)

GAO Reports

Responses to GAO reports on WIA and TANF linkages and UI overpayments were signed by the Assistant Secretary for transmission to the GAO on June 21.

Contact: Jim Aaron (202-693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov)