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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 78

For the week ending November 29, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


Technical Assistance and Training

Job Corps J-FAS System Comes On-line

On November 30, the Office of Technology delivered four core components for the new Job Corps Fund Allocation System (J-FAS) module of EIMS. This module replaces a legacy budget, planning, and management information system developed in an obsolete single-user database. The system included modules for creating and updating program planning records, creating and updating financial operating plan changes, entering approved estimated costs, and importing DOLAR$ financial data.
Contact: Steve Puterbaugh (202-693-3126; sputerbaugh@doleta.gov)

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Community College Labor Market Responsiveness Initiative

The Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education has recently awarded a $643,000, 18-month grant to support the Community College Labor Market Responsiveness Initiative. Though a partnership between Westat Research Corporation and the Academy for Educational Development's National Institute for Work and Learning, this project is expected to "determine the characteristics of a "market-responsive" college and then identify steps that community colleges can take to improve their responsiveness and quality of the customized programs they offer to students." Contact: Andrew Abrams at 202-260-7430

NYEC accepts applications for 2003 PEPNet Recognition

The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) seeks application for Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) recognition. Programs that provide employment/development services for young people ages 14-25 are encouraged to apply. Applicants must answer a set of questions organized around the PEPNet criteria for effective practice. The deadline to apply for the Recognition is April 8, 2003. Contact: http://www.nyec.org/pepnet/apply.html or Autumn Dickman (202- 659-1064; ad@nyec.org) or fax: 202- 659-0399.

Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative

Promising Programs for Substance Abuse Prevention: Replication and Evaluation Initiative in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is seeking applications. Through this research initiative, OJJDP will determine whether positive program outcomes can be replicated in different communities and sustained over time. The recipient of the research initiative will conduct an outcome evaluation of the programs' effectiveness in preventing, reducing, and/or eliminating substance abuse by youth and help communities decide how to spend the limited resources that are available for prevention activities. Applications must be received by December 30. Contact: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse at 800-638-8736 or email request to puborder@ncjrs.org. The application kit is also available on-line at: http://www.ncjrs.org/pdfiles1/ojjdp/sl000480.pdf.

Labor-Justice Partnership Promotes Youth Employment in 36 Communities

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) with support from the U.S. Department of Labor's Youth Opportunity Grants Program (YOG) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will implement a new initiative in YOG communities. The project will provide a forum for information sharing and an opportunity to develop working partnerships between State Advisory Groups (SAGs) and the 36 YOG sites nationwide. Additional information will become available within the near future. Contact: CJJ's web site for updates: http://www.juvjustice.org or contact Nancy Gannon (202-467-0864, ext. 111; gannon@juvjustice.org)

10 Cities To Receive Youth Participation Assistance

The National League of Cities (NLC) MetLife Foundation Youth-City Connection Project selected 10 cities to receive technical assistance to increase youth civic engagement: Brookings, SD; Des Moines, IA; Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska; Fremont, CA; Galveston, TX; Lawton, OK; Macon, GA; Newport News, VA; Rock Hill, SC; and Tucson, AZ. Each city has established a local team to manage its youth participation project. Activities will include: regional training for city officials and community leaders; audio conferences focused on youth civic engagement; and an online network for city officials and staff to exchange information on promising strategies to engage youth. Contact: Alicia Johnson (202-626-3046; ajohnson@nlc.org)

SAMHSA Announces Availability of Grant Funds for Young Offender Reentry Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has just announced the availability of grant funds for the Young Offender Reentry Program. The objective is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related reentry services in agencies currently providing supervision of and services to sentenced juvenile and young adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal/juvenile offenses. The grant citation is TI-03-0001.

Applicants are expected to form stakeholder partnerships that will plan, develop and provide community-based substance abuse treatment and related reentry services for the targeted populations. Public and domestic private non-profit entities -- State and local governments, Indian Tribes and tribal organizations, courts, community- based organizations and faith-based organizations -- are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is January 17, 2003
Contact: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grants.html


The FEDERAL REGISTER Notice for December 2 contains information and burden hour estimates on a proposed new ETA collection ("Local Area Survey of Self-directed Labor Exchange Services").

The data collected on this survey will provide a national snapshot of self-service tools and resources available in Local Workforce Areas and the systems and mechanisms that areas use to track customers' usage, outcomes, and satisfaction with services. In addition to contributing to ETA's understanding of the resources and tools that have been developed for delivery of self-directed services, survey results will be used to select a sample of states and local areas for subsequent in-depth analysis of the quality and cost-effectiveness of self-directed services. Comments are due to OMB no later than January 2.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2002/02-30421.htm

New Freedom Initiative Awards

Three organizations and one individual have been named recipients of the Department's first New Freedom Initiative Awards, which were presented by Secretary Chao on November 21. The awards recognize exemplary and innovative public-private partnership efforts in furthering the employment objectives of the President's New Freedom Initiative. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA2002659.htm

Building the 21st Century Workforce

On November 15, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao spoke about the roles, responsibilities, partnerships and challenges in building the 21st century workforce. The Secretary's remarks were delivered during a visit to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation at Texas A&M University.

National Performance Workgroup

After the Policy Forum, on December 12th, a new national PRO Performance Workgroup will meet for the first time here in Washington. The group is made up of federal, state, and local representatives who are either knowledgeable about WIA policy development in general, or about the WIA performance management system in particular. They will be working with PRO on providing information to the broader system on the new Common Measures of performance proposed by OMB, and on the need for more systematic data validation procedures system-wide.
Contact: Jacqui Shoholm (202-693-3190; jshoholm@doleta.gov)

GAO Exit Conference

On Monday December 2, there was an Exit Conference on Older Workers and Incumbent Workers studies. There will also be an Entrance Conference on Training and Employment Programs.
Contact: Sherri Spencer (202-693-2772; sspencer@doleta.gov)