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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 76

For the week ending November 15, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

Directive

TEGL NO. 7-01 Change 1

Subject: Performance Reporting Submission Procedures for the Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data (WIASRD) and the Annual Report under Title 1B of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Purpose: To notify states that in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, OMB has extended approval of the current reporting packet to allow for the collection of data for quarterly reports, annual reports, and the WIASRD through August 31, 2005. To transmit guidance and instruction for submitting state annual performance reports and WIASRD data for Program Year 2001 (period ending 6/30/2002) as required under the Act.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1434

Technical Assistance and Training

Trade Program Training

A planning meeting regarding the Trade Act of 2002 was held to determine a schedule, including time and location, for training union organizations, business groups, and intergovernmental organizations on the provisions the Act. There will be one, half-day session for each of the three interest groups (employer groups, IGO's and labor organizations) in Washington D.C. Training content will be tailored for the specific needs of each group. In addition, a brief and brunch for National Office staff to hear about the Trade Act of 2002 was held Wednesday, November 20. Finally, 60 copies of the Assistant Secretary's video taped vision message for the Trade Act of 2002 are now available for distribution to the regions for forwarding to the states for use in planned statewide training sessions.
Contact: Curtis Kooser (202- 693-3569; ckooser@doleta.gov)

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Partners

On-line Resource From The Office Of Vocational And Adult Education (OVAE)

The Department of Education, OVAE posted a state-by-state interactive map on its website as an education resource to each state. This map links to online resources in the state for High Schools, Career Education, Community Colleges, and Adult Education and Literacy. OVAE plans to expand the offerings of the site through comments and suggestions by users.
Contact: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/resource/statelink.html

Miscellaneous

On-line Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents Handbook

The Veterans Administration has placed its 2002 edition of "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents" on-line. This handbook describes the wide range of benefits available to all veterans and their dependents.
Contact: http://www.va.gov/pubaff/fedben/Fedben.pdf

Council on the 21st Century Workforce

The Secretary of Labor will hold a meeting of the President's Council on the 21st Century Workforce. This is the second meeting of The Council and its Committees on the Skills Gap, Changing Demographics, and Workplace Issues. The Council and Committees will provide information and advice to the President, through the Secretary of Labor and the Office of the 21st Century Workforce, on issues guided by Executive Order 13218. The Council and the Committees will meet on November 21, 2002.

An official record of the meeting will be available for public inspection in the Office of the 21st Century Workforce. Interested parties may submit written data, views or comments.
Contact: Shelley Hymes at 202-693-6490

GAO Management Challenge

The GAO provided a briefing on the major management challenges for DOL that will be in a report to the Congress to be issued in January. The issues that related to ETA under the goal of a Prepared Workforce were: 1) The Department should address workforce issues strategically; 2) The Department should be proactive in implementing worker training, 3) The Department should improve the measurement of program performance, and 4) The Department should improve information security (government-wide issue). These challenges are a high level summary based upon work that the GAO has done in the past two years. None of the issues were characterized as "critical." Contact: Jim Aaron (202-693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov)

Presidential Commission on the Future of the US Aerospace Industry

The Presidential Commission on the Future of the US Aerospace Industry released a report November 18 on the health of the aerospace industry. ETA employees from BRG and ATELS helped staff the commission and co-wrote the chapter on workforce issues with the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission found that the industry is in deep financial distress and the aerospace workforce is in crisis. Aerospace has lost 600,000 jobs since 1989, and 100,000 of those just since 9/11. More than 25 percent of the workforce will be eligible for retirement by 2008. The Commission recommended that a high level, federal management structure along with industry and labor focus on these issues to begin to restore an aerospace industry that will be healthy, stable and vibrant. ETA and, ATELS in particular, are looking at ways it can help fill the pipeline of qualified workers needed when the retirements begin.
Contact: Sue Allison (202-693-2804; sallison@doleta.gov) or Laura Ginsburg (202-693-2803; lginsburg@doleta.gov) or http://www.aerospacecommission.gov/

National Emergency Grants (NEG)


Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; gshepard@doleta.gov)