Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 61

July 12, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


Technical Assistance and Training

Rehabilitation Services Administration's (RSA) National Employment Conference
The Rehabilitation Services Administration is sponsoring a National Employment Conference targeted for Workforce and Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals August 19-21 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 202-393-2000. The purpose of this conference is to share effective employment strategies used by State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and their network of community rehabilitation programs and other partners in order to maximize and improve the employment of individuals with disabilities. Contact: For Registration information call 202-973-1550 or Contact: Jenn Rigger at 202-260-2179 or

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


68 Grants Announced for the Serious and Violent Offender Rentry Initiative

The Justice Department announced the award of 68 grants to support efforts to ensure public safety and reduce victimization by helping returning offenders become productive members of their communities. Reentry efforts will begin while offenders are still in correctional facilities, continue through offenders' transition back into the community, monitor their activities after release, and help sustain ex-offenders through services such as education, job and life skills training and substance abuse and mental health treatment. These efforts require close coordination among institutional corrections, law enforcement, community corrections and other community-based service providers. The program is an unprecedented collaboration among the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor and Veterans Affairs, which joined together to help state and local agencies navigate the complex field of existing grant programs and to assist them in accessing, redeploying, and leveraging those resources to support a comprehensive reentry program. Contact:

Interagency Council Announces Collaborative Strategy to Assist the Homeless

The Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) has announced a new strategy to better coordinate the nation's response to homelessness. Included in the comprehensive plan is a unique collaboration between three federal agencies that will provide $35 million in permanent housing and critical services to long-term homeless individuals. The funding will include $20 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), $10 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and $5 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Contact: or


National Emergency Grant to Provide Transition Assistance to Workers in Arizona Counties

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 wildfires that caused widespread destruction in Navajo and Apache Counties. $764,000 will be available immediately.

The grant project will be operated by the state's Department of Economic Security and will provide temporary disaster jobs in Navajo and Apache Counties to help with the clean up as a result of the recent wildfires, as well as provide transition assistance for workers who lost their jobs as a result of the tragedy.
Contact: Stan Flowers (602) 542-1784

OIG Exit Conference

OFAM is scheduling an exit conference on the OIG's review of WIA performance in four states. contact: