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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 75

For the week ending November 8, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)




TEGL NO. 13-02

Subject:       Petition Form for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program Including a Spanish Version

Purpose:     To provide a copy of ETA Form 9042A and 9042A-1, Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance and Solicitud de Asistencia Para Ajuste.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1430

Technical Assistance and Training

The Performance Enhancement Project

The Performance Enhancement Project (PEP) has been undertaken jointly by the Adults/Dislocated Workers, Youth offices within OWIS, and with all Regional Offices. The cadre of consultants for this project (formerly known as the “WIA Poor Performers Project”) have held discussions with all ETA Regions (except Region I, Boston) to develop plans for technical assistance for those states that have failed one or more of the WIA performance measures. The goal is to reduce the number of states who fail. Regions were provided with a template to assist them in the development of these specifically targeted technical assistance plans. The consultants will go on site in each region to assist in plan development, which will include regional selection from a menu of technical assistance topics, products, and activities that best meet the particular problems of their failing states. The result will be a custom-tailored TA plan in each region by mid-December of this year. OWIS will review all plans to identify common problems that might also be addressed through larger national technical assistance efforts. The first plan development meeting with Region V will take place early next week. A total of 34 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands failed one or more of the performance measures.
Contact: Dennis Liberman (202-693-3375; dliberman@doleta.gov)

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Federal Transit Administration’s Job Access and Reverse Commute Project

The Federal Transit Administration recently announced FY 2002 funding awards for Job Access and Reverse Commute Projects. A Job Access project is one that provides new or expanded transportation service designed to fill gaps that exist for welfare recipients and other low-income individuals to and from jobs and other employment-related services. A Reverse Commute project facilitates the provision of new or expanded public mass transportation services for the general public from urban, suburban, and rural areas to suburban work sites.

In the November 4 FEDERAL REGISTER, the Federal Transit Administration announced selection of projects to be funded under Fiscal Year 2002 appropriations for the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program. Funds were provided to organizations within the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Contact: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-27995-filed

From Region I (New York) - System and Partnership Building

The Regional OAS/OYS Director and staff participated in the Federal Partner's Council Faith-Based Initiatives Subcommittee meeting. The meeting focused on strategic planning as well as different methods of marketing our expertise, working with the recipients of Intermediary grants from HHS/ACF and DOL/ETA, and plans to publish a joint newsletter. Members also brainstormed various methods of following up on the Faith-Based Conference held last spring.
Contact: Howard Knoll (212-337-2148; hknoll@doleta.gov)


From Region V - Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute

Regional representatives will interview on November 14th with the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government regarding an 8-state study of state and local service delivery under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The broad objective of this study is to understand how the states and localities have interpreted and operationalized the provisions of WIA, and identify the strengths, weaknesses, and accomplishments of state and local service delivery. The Institute's goal is to become well informed on how states are delivering services and to understand the barriers and accomplishments associated with these efforts. The Institute will identify policies and practices at each level of government that shape service delivery, their relative success, and the degree to which these are constrained or supported by the provisions of the Act.

Grant Applications for the Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Solicitation for Grant Applications for the national grants portion of the Senior Community Service Employment Program for Program Year 2003 was published in the Federal Register on November 8. The closing date for applications is 4:45 p.m. on February 6, 2003. Three information (bidders’) conferences for applicants will be conducted in early December. Tentative locations are DC, St. Louis, and San Francisco. Actual dates, times and locations will be posted on the ONP Division of Older Worker Programs’ homepage.
Contact: http://wdsc.doleta.gov/seniors)

National Farmworker Jobs Program

The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) has implemented another phase of the automated reporting component of the ETA Enterprise Information Management System. The first phase commenced with the NFJP adult program. It is now available for the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Youth Program Grantees. Like the adult grantees, the youth grantees will now be able to report program and financial annual and quarterly reports on-line through the Internet. The system is easy to navigate. Automating the forms will make reporting less burdensome for the grantees than in the past.
Contact: Louisa Bonilla-Spriggs (202-693-3773; lbonilla@doleta.gov ) or Amanda Denogean (202-693-3771;adenogean@doleta)


OFAS is preparing estimates for spending under the possibility of a long term Continuing Resolution. Estimates will be reviewed by the OFAM Administrator and the Deputy Assistant Secretary this week.
Contact: Erica Cantor (202-693- 2757; ecantor@doleta.gov)

Grant Awards

OGCM completed the first round of Continuing Resolution funding to selected States for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2003, Trade Adjustment Assistance training program as well as a funding advance to the States for the Alien Labor Certification program for FY-03.
Contact: Fred Tello (202-693-3333; efredtello@doleta.gov)

State Plans

State Modifications

Attached is a chart reporting the status of state modifications to the WIA strategic five-year plans. Please notify the respective regional contact if information does not coincide with your records
Region I Boston/New York Angela L. Davis (202-693-2789; aldavis@doleta.gov)
Region II Philadelphia Bonnie Coe (202-693-2918; bcoe@doleat.gov)
Region III Atlanta Joe Hines (202-693-2793; jhines@doleta.gov)
Region IV Dallas/Denver Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; vlloyd@doleta.gov)
Region V Chicago/Kansas City Richard Ensor (202-693-2792; rensor@doleta.gov)
Region VI San Francisco/Seattle Kevin Thompson (202-693-2925; kthompson@doleta.gov)

ATTACHMENT: Report on Status of State Modification to WIA Strategic Five-Year Plan