Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 1, Number 64
For the week ending August 2, 2002
(For Internal Use Only)
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
RSA's National Employment Conference
RSA extends a special invitation to DOL colleagues to attend its fourth National Employment Conference, Disability and
Employment: Vocational Rehabilitation: Where Partners Create Careers. The purpose of this conference is to share effective
employment strategies used by State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and their network of community rehabilitation programs
(CRP) and other partners in order to increase and improve the employment of individuals with disabilities.
DOL will have a reduced registration rate of $195 and the opportunity to present DOL program brochures and descriptions to the conference participants in the resource room. In addition to the opportunity to meet State VR Agency and CRP Personnel, there will also be opportunities to network with RSA staff members from Washington and RSA Regional Offices around the country.
The RSA National Employment Conference will take place at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, from August 19 - 21st. Contact: Jenn Rigger (202-260-2179; email@example.com or www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/RSA/New)
Federal Communications Commission's "Get Connected: Afford-A-Phone" Campaign
As part of a continuing effort to help all Americans gain access to telephone service in order to link to securing employment and medical care, the FCC has started its "Get Connected: Afford-A-Phone" Campaign. The campaign's focus is to increase participation in the "Link-Up America" (Link-Up) and the "Lifeline Assistance Program" (Lifeline), two federal low-income telephone service discount programs. Link-Up helps qualified consumers connect to the telephone network by offsetting the initial hook-up fee. Lifeline provides a discount on basic service. The FCC's "Get Connected: Afford-A-Phone" Campaign is providing information to potential Lifeline and Link-Up subscribers through federal, state, tribal and local governments, social service community, and faith-based organizations. Contact: Janice Wise (202-418-8165; firstname.lastname@example.org) or www.fcc.gov/cgb/getconnected)
Competition for Telework/Telecommuting Pilot
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has announced the availability of $1,000,000 to award one competitive grant. This grant would support the implementation and evaluation of three pilot demonstration projects -- involving the Department and two other Federal agencies over a period of 24 months -- designed to evaluate the extent to and the manner in which various home-based telework/telecommuting arrangements can enhance the employment of people with disabilities. Applications must be submitted by September 4, 2002.
Grants for Community and Faith-Based Organizations Serving People with Significant Disabilities
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - in collaboration with the Office of the 21st Century Workforce and the Center for Faith-Based Community Initiatives -- has announced the availability of up to $300,000 to award approximately three to five grants, ranging in amounts between $60,000 to $100,000 each, to community and faith-based organizations to implement model employment programs for people with significant disabilities for the purposes of developing new or enhancing existing employment training and/or services.
Competition for Disability Technical Assistance for Providers (TAP) Cooperative Agreement
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has announced the availability of $600,000 to award one cooperative agreement. This cooperative agreement is intended to:
Develop capacity for provision of customized employment strategies among providers who utilize the FLSA 14(c) program
Build effective relationships between employers and these employment service providers that result in the development of non-stereotypical employment opportunities, providing increased earnings, benefits, and career advancement potential for people with disabilities
Address the production, operations, and technical assistance needs of businesses to promote their hiring of people with disabilities in non-stereotypical jobs
Promote positive organizational change through professional and organizational development and other means of on-site assistance to individual providers
Increase the number of section 14(c) providers that have the capacity to provide customized employment as eligible training providers with One-Stop Career Centers and other workforce development system partners.
The deadline for applications is September 4, 2002. Additional background, application requirements, and selection criteria can be found in the August 5 FEDERAL REGISTER. Contact: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-19637-filed
Opportunities To Promote Community Economic Development and Job Creation
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make grants or provide cooperative agreements to provide technical and financial assistance for economic development activities designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families by creating employment and business ownership opportunities.
DOL/NASWA Customer Service Awards
The Division of Employment Services and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) recently announced the state winners of the DOL/NASWA Customer Service Awards. These awards are given for state or local projects that demonstrate an outstanding effort to increase customer service in the categories of innovation, use of technology, service to business, system development, and capacity building The winners receive $25,000 to augment their project efforts, at a formal presentation during the NASWA annual meeting in September. The winners for 2002 are in the states of WA, MT, OR, RI, NE, AK, AZ, and CA. For further information on the winning projects contact: Jacqui Shoholm (202-693-3190; email@example.com )
Labor Exchange Performance Management Workgroup Meeting
A meeting of the national Labor Exchange Performance Management (LXPM) Workgroup will be held in Washington, D.C., August 13-14,
2002. The meeting will focus on the continued development of the econometric model which will become the basis for future LX goal
attainment negotiation with the states. VETS staff will also report on the results obtained to date from their efforts to
benchmark performance for their new reporting requirements as well as the use of regression model analysis in benchmark
Contact: Michelyn Burke-Lee (202-693-2782; firstname.lastname@example.org")