Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 72

For the week ending October 18, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

H1-B Technical Skills Training Grants

The Employment and Training Administration published a document in the Federal Register of April 13, 2001, concerning the availability of grant funds for H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants for unemployed and employed American workers. The document is being cancelled, effective November 4. A new SGA for the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants will be announced within 30 days from the cancellation date.
Contact Dick Muller (202-693-3680; dmuller@doleta.gov) or http://www.doleta.gov/h-1b/whatshot.asp#content

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Waivers

See attachment

Partners

Reauthorization of Perkins Act

On October 15, the U S Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, held public meetings in Nashua, New Hampshire to accept public comments concerning the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 and the Adult Family and Literacy Act - AFLA (Title II of the Workforce Investment Act. Approximately 50 members of the public, including 20 presenters shared their views on the Perkins Act. Themes included (1) the need for flexibility at the local level; (2) the importance of business/industry participation; and (3) the importance of having skill standards and standardized assessment tools for vocational education program participants. Approximately 50 members of the public including 20 presenters provided testimony on AFLA. Common themes included the need for flexibility at the local level, business/industry participation, and the identification of standard assessment instruments that are both valid and reliable. In general, the speakers advocated strongly against having to contribute to One-Stop operating costs. There was also a common belief that the need for ESOL services has far outstripped the system's ability to deliver such services, and as a result waiting lists are growing much longer. A report on the testimony will be submitted to the National Office.
Contact: Doris Lissette Gean (617-565-2268; dgean@doleta.gov)

Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel

The Social Security Administration has announced information about its upcoming quarterly Ticket- to-Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel Meeting November 12-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Panel is particularly interested in hearing public comment regarding marketing, public education, training and technical assistance activities in support of implementation of TWWIIA.

The full agenda for the meeting will be posted on the Internet at http://www.ssa.gov/work/panel, at least one week before the meeting.

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/whatsnew.asp

TANF Work Participation Rates

HHS announced that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico met the fiscal year 2001 overall work participation rate required by the welfare reform law. The average overall participation rate increased from 34 percent in fiscal year 2000 to 34.4 percent in fiscal year 2001.
Contact: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/im01rate.htm