Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 67

For the week ending September 13, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


Technical Assistance and Training

LMI Forum

The LMI Training Institute and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry are sponsoring the 2002 LMI Forum on October 7-9. This event will take place at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the LMI Forum is for users and professionals in the field of labor market information to exchange ideas and innovative practices. The program is designed for LMI staff and users to learn from other states and experts in the field. There are a number of excellent workshops. A partial sampling as of September 13 includes:

ALMIS Database Update Census Data Update Customer Satisfaction or EDS
Demographics of the Labor Force Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Georgia's Frontline DSS
How to Give WIBs What They Want Labor Market Dynamics (LEHD) LMI in Canada (working title)
Local Data Needs Survey (tentative) Local Impact Analysis NAICS/SOC
New York's Web Database System Occupational Analysis (tentative) Policy Councils (CES & ES-202)
One-Stop Best Practices PA's Regional Database Analysis Tool Policy Councils (OES& LAUS)
Survey Design for LMI Survey Design for WIBs Toolbox for WIBs
Wage Records Symposium Follow-up Customer Satisfaction With an LMI Twist  

Contact: For more information and registration details, please visit

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Reform Act of 2002 Compliance Assistance

Training for states and regional offices on the amendments to the TAA program will take place in October.
Ed Tomcheck (202-693-3577;

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


See attachment for Waiver Updates


Toys R Us will host an Open house for State Coordinators for National Business Partnerships and local One-Stop Center representatives. This nationwide event, "Operation Geoffrey" (Geofrey the Giraffe is the Toys R Us mascot), will be held on October 1, 2002, to highlight its "Partnerships for Jobs" and to introduce Toys R Us officials to representatives of the local workforce system. These open houses will provide an opportunity for Toys R Us Store Managers and Human Resource Assistants to learn more about the services of the local One-Stop Centers and, in turn, the local One-Stop Center representatives can learn more about Toys R Us hiring needs in over 600 stores nationwide. Toys R Us is seeking to fill over 50,000 seasonal and permanent vacancies.
Contact: Maggie Ewell (202-693-3160;

On September 27, 2002, Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco will host the first in a series of Business Seminars sponsored by the Business Relations Group for ETA senior management and key program staff. These business seminars are designed to better educate ETA officials about our business customers. Joan Crocket, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, Allstate Insurance Company will share her insights on the insurance industry and talk about industry-wide human resource issues and hiring needs.
Contact: Jennifer Warren Troke (202-693-3688; )

Employment-Related Transportation Issues for Workers with Disabilities
Staff met with representatives of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Department of Transportation and the Community Transportation Association of America regarding strengthening relationships between the WIA system and efforts to provide transportation information and services to jobseekers and workers with disabilities. Under discussion was the use of WIA funds, the reauthorization of WIA, and a draft Executive Order currently under discussion at the White House to set up an interagency council on transportation. A further meeting will be scheduled with a broader ETA participant list.
Contact: Maureen Cronin (202-693-3534; )


OIG Report on WIA Performance
A response to the OIG Report on Workforce Investment Act Performance Outcomes Reporting Oversight (Draft Audit Report No. 06-02-006-03-390) was prepared for the Assistant Secretary. Contact: James Aaron (202-693-2814; )

GAO Review of WIA Spending
The GAO completed its presentation on WIA Spending accepting only minimal ETA comments. Contact: James Aaron (202-693-2814; )