Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 60

July 5, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

WIA Reauthorization
During the Spring of 2002, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) held a national series of Public Forums on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). Congress is scheduled to take up the reauthorization of WIA in 2003. This report provides an overview of ETA's WIA Reauthorization Forums and a summary of speakers' comments.
Contact : Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045; mflynn@doleta.gov) or
http://usworkforce.org/reauthorization/executive.asp

Technical Assistance and Training

NYEC Seeks Applicants for WIA Leaders Academy
The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) seeks mid-level professional staff of State and Local Workforce Boards and public agencies to participate in the second WIA Leaders Academy, a one-year professional development opportunity funded by DOL. The goal of the Academy is to better serve youth by strengthening current skills and building new competencies required for future leadership of youth workforce development systems. WIA Leaders will participate in two week-long residential sessions with seminars on youth development and workforce development principles, program development, policy and evaluation. They will also work on Topical Study Group projects focused on major challenges of WIA implementation to broaden their understanding of systemic and substantive issues, and receive guidance from a career advisor in developing professional skills and knowledge. Up to 30 applicants will be selected through a competitive process to participate in the program. Applications, due by August 23, 2002, are available online at www.nyec.org/wialeaders.html. Contact: Mala B. Thakur (202-659-1064) at mt@nyec.org or Mindy Larson at ml@nyec.org

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Miscellaneous

OMB Review of WIA Reporting

OFAM conducted a conference call with OMB on the WIA reporting package. OMB maintains their concerns about the required response rate for the customer satisfaction surveys and hold the view that it should remain at 70%. A follow up call is being scheduled. Contact: Christine Kulick (202-693-3937; ckulick@doleta.gov )

WIA Incentive Grants

Incentive grants were awarded to the twelve states that qualified on the basis of WIA, Carl Perkins and Adult Ed performance. Contact: Christine Kulick (202-693-3937; ckulick@doleta.gov )

OMB Common Performance Measures

In advance of an OMB meeting, OFAM staff provided comments on the eight common performance measures to be applied across selected federal employment and training programs. Contact: Christine Kulick (202-693-3937; ckulick@doleta.gov )

Six Grants Announced Under Youth Development Practitioner Apprenticeship (YDPA) Initiative

Eighteen month grants were awarded to organizations in Chicago, IL; Chevy Chase, MD; Irving, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Somerville, MA. For a list of grants awarded, contact:
http://wdsc.doleta.gov/sga/awards/02-110award.asp or Evan Rosenberg (202-693-3593; erosenberg@doleta.gov )

SBA Introduces New Spanish Language Website

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has recently introduced a series of Spanish language webpages. These pages offer information on business start-up, enterprise development, financing and other SBA services. Access to online courses is also available. contact: http://www.sba.gov/espanol/