Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 65

For the week ending August 9, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

Deputy Assistant Secretary Bryan Keilty signed FM 11-02 announcing the FY 2003 UI planning targets, which were issued August 12, 2002. This represents the first time that data from the Resource Justification Model (RJM) has been used in the allocation process. The RJM data provided updated costs factors for each state. Some of these cost factors (e.g., minutes per unit values) have not been updated since the early 1980's. As a result, there were significant shifts in allocated resources for some states from their FY 2002 figures. These shifts ranged from a positive 20 percent to a negative 6.8 percent; however, the planning targets provide a more equitable distribution of resources from the previous methodology. Contact: Ron Wilus (202-693-2931; rwilus.doleta.gov )

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Plans

Missouri's State Plan
Missouri has submitted a modification to its Five-Year State Workforce Investment Plan.
Contact: Bob Wilson (816- 502-9000; bwilson@doleta.gov) or Dick Ensor (202- 693-2792; rensor@doleta.gov) )

Partners

Coordination of Services for TANF
OFAM received a report on WIA: States and Localities Increasingly Coordinate Services for TANF Clients, but Better Information Needed on Effective Approaches (Job Code 130135). Comments have been developed and are in ETA clearance. Contact: Jim Aaron (202-693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov)

2-1-1: A National Initiative to Link People with Community Services
2-1-1 is a local, state, and national initiative that links people with local community service information by phone. 2-1-1 is the national abbreviated dialing code set aside by the FCC for free access to human services information and referral nationwide. It is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that makes a critical connection between individuals and families in need and the appropriate government agencies -- including local information on unemployment compensation and employment services -- as well as faith-based and community-based organizations. Rather than searching for telephone numbers for organizations that can help with particular needs callers will be able to get all the information they need from 2-1-1 centers, making it possible for people in need to navigate what can otherwise be a complex maze of agencies and programs. As of June 2002, there are 29 active 2-1-1 Centers in 14 states, and over 10% of Americans have access to community information and referral by dialing 2-1-1. Full information on the 2-1-1 nationwide collaborative and a state-by-state breakdown of 2-1-1 implementation efforts can be found at: www.211.org. Contact: Dan Williams (404-373-5785, dwilliams@airs.org) or Linda Paulson (703-836-7112, ext. 211, Linda.Paulson@uwa.unitedway.org)

Transportation Security Administration Recruiting Mobile Screening Force Members
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is recruiting an additional 1,000 Mobile Screening Force (MSF) members. The MSF position is best suited for individuals who are available, for a fixed period, to travel to different areas of the country to work as a screener at various U.S. airports.
Contact: www.tsa.dot.gov or call toll free 1-877-631-JOBS (5627).

NGA Issues Reports Focusing on Employment and Economic Development Issues
The National Governors Association (NGA) has recently released four major reports focusing on key issues for states in employment and economic development. These guides provide a series of recommendations for policy-makers "who are working to improve the competitiveness of their states and ensure the success of their residents in the knowledge-based economy."
Contact: http://www.nga.org/center/divisions/1,1188,C_ISSUE_BRIEF%5ED_4253,00.html

Miscellaneous

National Emergency Grants

Contact: George Shepard (202-63-3572; jgsheparhard@doleta.gov)

America's Career InfoNet
America's Career Info Net (ACINET) is now listed first among all career web resources by Microsoft. ACINET provides wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide, and the most extensive career resource library online.
Contact: (Microsoft) http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/training/careers/guides.asp (America's Career InfoNet) http://www.acinet.org/acinet/

Job Corps
An "Overview of the Job Corps National Strategy" is now available.
Contact: (Microsoft) http://www.alphaconference.org/sub_images/pdfs/national_strategy.pdf or Brian Kennedy (202-693-3117; bkennedy@doleta.gov)

Exit Conference
GAO will brief ETA on the finding of their WIA spending work on Wednesday, August 14. The product will be a series of briefings of Congressional Committees rather than a written report.
Contact: Jim Aaron (202- 693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov)

Program Assessment Rating Tool
OMB reviews of Older Americans, Dislocated Worker formula, WIA Youth and Trade Act programs are being completed this week. OFAM has agreed to provide OMB with written responses to questions to assist them in completing the required assessments.
Contact: Jack Rapport (202-693-2742; jrapport@doleta.gov)

Data Validation
Four local WIBs and the State of Texas were provided training in preparation for the data validation pilot. Washington State will be provided training on August 28 & 29. Texas will begin the pilot process in the next couple of weeks. Both Texas and Washington require eligibility documentation for 100% of participants. They have both indicated that their local WIBs have reservations about how DOL might treat costs or service to any ineligible individuals who may be served during the pilot. OFAM is working with the states to address this concern. In the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) review of the SCSEP (Older Worker) program, OMB requested a briefing on ETA's data validation project.
Contact: Jim Aaron (202- 693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov)