Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 59

June 28, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

Revised Program Year 2001 Allotments for Dislocated Worker Activities

ETA has announced the Secretary of Labor's determination to carry out the rescission and to provide to states revised Program Year (PY) 2001 allotments for the dislocated worker program under Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I as a result of the rescission in the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2001, Public Law 107-20.
Training and Employment Guidance Letter 26-01 (Change 1) contains the background, notice of obligation, and action required.

http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL26-01_ch1.html

PY 2001 Dislocated Worker Rescission

The necessary deobligations were processed last week completing the rescission. The process was complicated by states having drawn down funds to be rescinded. Contact: Jack Rapport (202-693-2742; jrapport@doleta.gov)

Technical Assistance and Training

Workforce Innovation 2002

There will be on-site registration for Workforce Innovation on Monday, July 8, from 7:30am-7:00pm, Tuesday, July 9, 7:00am-5:30pm, and Wednesday, July 10, 7:30am-5:30pm.
Contact: Gardner Carrick at 202-693-3689 or http://www.wi2002.org/

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children. The July 2002 issue of CLASP Update, published by the Center for Law and Social Policy, is now available online.
Contact: http://www.clasp.org/pubs/claspupdate/Clasp_update0702.pdf

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Partners

HHS Awards $200 Million in Bonus Payments to States for Leadership in Welfare to Work During FY 2000

HHS announced $200 million in bonus payments to states which performed best in helping welfare recipients move toward employment in fiscal year 2000. More than 931,000 welfare recipients found new jobs during the fiscal year 2000 performance year. The $200 million in bonuses this year will go to 26 states and the District of Columbia. The annual bonus was enacted as part of the 1996 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Bonuses are awarded to the top 10 performing states in each of four work measures related to moving welfare recipients to work and sustaining their success in the workforce. These measures are: Job entry rate; success in the workforce rate (combination of a job retention rate and an earnings gain rate); improvement in the job entry rate; and improvement in the success in the workforce rate. The states ranked the highest in each category were Montana (job entry), Arizona (job retention and earnings), Iowa (largest improvement in job entry) and Nevada (largest improvement in job retention and earnings gain). For more specifics on the states receiving bonuses and the amount of their bonuses, go to: http://usworkforce.org/whatsnew.asp

Miscellaneous

Labor Awards First Federal Grants Available to Faith-Based and Grassroots Organizations: New Approach Helps Displaced American Workers Find Good Jobs

DOL announced the awarding of the first three sets of Department of Labor grants specifically designed to link faith-based and grassroots community organizations to the nation's One-Stop Career System. $17.5 million has been awarded to 12 states and 29 organizations around the country. The grants are the first group to be awarded by any federal department. Secretary Chao announced the following three sets of awards:

Contact: Kevin Thompson (202-693-2925; kthompson@doleta.gov)

ETA Announces 29 Young Offender Initiative Grants

29 awards have been made under the Young Offender Initiative for demonstration grants to provide services for youth who are or have been under criminal justice supervision or involved in gangs. ETA has worked with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in deciding to use these funds to serve young offenders, gang members, and at-risk youth. For a list of the grant recipients, go to: http://wdsc.doleta.gov/sga/awards/01-109award.asp

Latest H-1B Skill Training Grants Announced

ETA recently announced awards totaling $19,063,250 to seven organizations under the H1-B skills training grant program. For the grantees, award amount, population served, project description, and key partners, contact: http://www.doleta.gov/h-1b/whatshot/whatshot_pres1.asp

America's Service Locator/America's Literacy Directory

America's Service Locator staff recently met with representatives of the National Institute for Literacy, the Department of Education, and eight state literacy directors to review plans for the America's Literacy Directory (ALD) that will be linked to the ASL web during July. The ALD web site has been built with DOL support and contains many ASL-like features and functionality. The linkage of the literacy data in ALD to ASL will provide One-Stop personnel with systematic connections to local literacy programs and will also help literacy program staff find One-Stop offices and services. Contact: Harvey Ollis (202- 693-3699; hollis@doleta.gov)