Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 1, Number 74
For the week ending November 1, 2002
(For Internal Use Only)
A dialogue between ETA and the National Farmworker Jobs Program grantees has produced
seven small workgroups for developing proposals for WIA reauthorization. These proposals
are designed to improve One-stop services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Group
leaders will submit their proposals this week to ETA and Association of Farmworker Opportunity
Programs (AFOP) leadership.
Contact Alicia Fernandez-Mott (202-693-3729; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Technical Assistance and Training
Work Opportunity & Welfare-to-Work Tax Credits National Training Conference WOTC/WTWTC
The WOTC/WtWTC National Training Conference was held in Orlando, Florida on October 28-31.
Over 160 people participated including: representatives from almost every state; several ETA
regional office Tax Credit coordinators; business representatives from many of the top
consulting firms; representative from federal partner agencies which included IRS, HUD,
Social Security, USDA, VETS; and the ETA Solicitors Office.
Contact: Carmen Ortiz (202-693-2786; email@example.com)
Trade Program Training
Five training sessions on the provisions of the Trade Act of 2002 have been successfully
completed. Sessions were held in Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston.
Each session was attended by approximately 100 participants. Attendees included state and
regional Trade coordinators, state dislocated worker unit staff, state rapid response officials,
and representatives of labor unions. In addition, PWBA was represented at each session.
Each attendee was provided with a training manual for their use in providing subsequent
training. An electronic version of the training materials is being finalized and will be
provided to the regional offices for distribution to the states in the near future. Additional
training sessions for labor organizations and business groups are in development.
Contact: Curtis Kooser (202- 693-3569; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
ATELS and GSA Partnership
On November 4, 2002, the General Services Administration (GSA) introduced a pilot project to encourage registered apprenticeship programs in GSA construction projects at its pre-proposal conference and site visit for the new National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NOAA/NESDIS) Satellite Operations Center at the Suitland Federal Center, Suitland, Maryland. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the NOAA/NESDIS project marked the first GSA solicitation to award numeric value to proposals that include a written registered apprenticeship program. Members of ATELS serve as Registered Apprenticeship Panelists. Over 60 potential bidders were in attendance to receive project details and information about registered apprenticeship.
The following is an excerpt from the RFP, Part IV, Instructions, Conditions and Notices to Offerors. To view the entire solicitation contact: http://www.fedbizopps.gov/. Click on “Find Business Opportunities” and enter the Solicitation No. GS11P02MKC0055.
C. Labor/Trade Plan. Relative Weight=5
Submittal Required by Offeror:
Provide a Labor/Trade Plan, detailing the following:
- Trades to be subcontracted and those to be self-performed.
- Percentage of trades (subcontractors) to be awarded to entities using registered apprenticeship programs (If the general contractor is self-performing trades, identify this information as it applies to such trades (See Section H).
- Target number of apprentices (see Section H) to be employed under this contract. Include plan regarding recruitment and training strategies.
- New apprenticeship programs to be initiated as a result of this contract.
- Safety Training Program. Provide a complete list of specific training courses and requirements to be utilized by the contractor and major trade contractors or subcontractors. Provide for each contractor or subcontractor, the following information regarding any safety training provided for supervision and craft labor employees: (a) how much time approximately does each company devote to safety training, (b) what steps are taken to ensure that safety training is conducted in an effective manner.
Contact: Joseph Jenkins (202-693-3781; email@example.com)
ETA and SSA Interagency Collaboration
ETA/ONP is moving forward to implement the DOL/Social Security Administration (SSA) Interagency Agreement to conduct a pilot demonstration establishing Disability Program Navigators in One-Stop Career Centers. The two agencies are jointly funding this demonstration program with $6 million in Program Year (PY) 2002 and $12 million in PY 2003 made available to states. Approximately 80-100 Navigator positions will be established in the 13 Phase I Ticket- to- Work States in PY 2003. The states are Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Delaware, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon.
Navigators will conduct outreach to the disability community and organizations that serve it,
provide expertise and information on SSA work incentives and employment support programs,
provide assistance on "navigating" through the variety of programs and services that impact
employment (e.g., transportation, housing, health care, etc.), and serve as a resource to
other One-Stop Career Center staff. Proposals will be requested from the 13 State Workforce
Investment Boards and State Department of Labor agencies. ETA will be working with
SSA to finalize the grant solicitation, with expectations for execution of grant agreements with
states in early 2003.
Contact: Alex Kielty (202-693-3730; firstname.lastname@example.org)
On October 28, the Grant Officer issued a Final Determination that allowed all of the
auditors' $166,035 in questioned costs in the Government of Guam Single Audit Report.
The grantee provided documentation that was sufficient for the allowance.
Contact: Jaime Salgado (202-693-3083; email@example.com)
On October 30, the Grant Officer issued a Final Determination that disallowed and subjected to debt
collection all of the auditors' $86,519 in questioned costs identified in the OIG Audit Report of the
Community and Economic Development Association Welfare-to-Work, Chicago, IL.
Contact: Jaime Salgado (202-693-3083; firstname.lastname@example.org)
National Emergency Grants (NEG)
Indiana: Awarded up to $750,000, of which $250,000 will be released immediately, to create 175 temporary jobs to assist in the clean up and restoration activities following the devastating tornado and severe storms that hit the Southern and Central part of the State on September 20th.
Iowa: Awarded $427,981 to supplement an earlier award of $231,000 to serve approximately 120 dislocated International Paper workers in Clinton, Iowa, with total funding of $658,981.
Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; email@example.com)