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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 79

For the week ending December 6, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)



ETA Issues Technical Changes and Clarifications for Grant Applications Under National Grants
Portion of the Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) published a document in the November 8, 2002 FEDERAL REGISTER Notice concerning the availability of grant funds for the national grants portion of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Through an announcement in the December 3 FEDERAL REGISTER Notice, ETA provides several clarifications and technical changes.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2002/02-30480.htm

Department and Federal Interagency Team Seek Comments on Proposed Reinstatement of WIA
Unified State Planning Guidance

Section 501 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides the Governor of the state the option to submit a strategic Unified State Plan for two or more of the activities or programs listed in section 501(b)(2) of the Act. The Unified State Planning Guidance Instructions outlines a strategy for the submission of a unified plan for the statewide workforce investment system that meets the requirements of Title V of the Act.

The Interagency Federal Agency Team from the Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development is soliciting comments concerning the proposed reinstatement of the Unified State Planning Guidance should states desire to submit a modification to their current plan.

This reinstatement is needed in order for state governments to submit modifications to their Unified State Plan. These modifications may be needed in order to keep the Plan a viable, living document over its five-year life. The Act gives states the authority to modify WIA Plans at any time and the recently issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 4-02 encourages states to use the unified planning guidance to move from stand-alone planning to a unified planning process. This reinstatement is needed in order for state governments to have available the document used during their initial submission of State Plans should a need arise to submit a modification to the existing Plan.

The December 13 FEDERAL REGISTER Notice provides additional background, burden hour estimates, and contacts within the Interagency Federal Agency Team.

Contacts: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2002/02-31560.htm Or Dolores Beran-Hall (202-693-2794; dberan@doleta.gov)

Technical Assistance and Training

Training sessions on the Trade Reform Act of 2002

Three half-day training sessions on the Trade Reform Act of 2002 took place December 9-11 in Washington, DC. The Training content for each of the sessions was tailored for the specific needs of business groups, Intergovernmental Organizations and labor groups. Contact: Curtis Kooser (202- 693-3569; ckooser@doleta.gov)

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


National Brownfields Job Training Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting applications for grants under the National Brownfields Job Training Program. This is a competitive grant program, conducted under a ranking system established under the new Brownfields Law.

EPA encourages eligible applicants with experience in providing environmental job training and placement programs to apply. Proposals must be postmarked by January 24, 2003. Depending on the availability of funds, EPA expects to select approximately 10 Brownfields Job Training Grants by the end of April 2003.

Contact: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/pdf/jtguid0.pdf

Benchmarking One -Stop Centers

The Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and four Illinois partners has produced "Benchmarking One-Stop Centers: Understanding Keys to Success." The study is organized in terms of critical factors for One-Stop success, serving employers, serving jobseekers, and design and management. The study team visited twenty centers in twelve workforce areas within seven States. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/benchmarking_One-stop.asp


WIA Annual Report and WIASRD Submissions

Fifty-one states and territories submitted their WIA Annual Report on Performance by the December 6 deadline. To date, New York and Tennessee have not submitted their reports. Thirty-eight states have submitted their WIASRD files, which were also due on December 6. The states have until January 21, 2003 to revise any data. Contact: Amanda Ahlstrand (202-693-3052 ahlstrand@doleta.gov

OIG Review of Dislocated Worker Program

Program office representatives met with the OIG in connection with their survey of the dislocated worker program (including NEGs and set-asides) and preparation of their 5-year audit plan. The OIG has requested a great deal of information on the programs including financial and program reports, how performance is calculated, policies and procedures, the extent of internal review by ETA, and problems that ETA has identified. The Results Office will assist in coordinating the flow of information to the OIG.
Contact: Sherri Spencer (202-693-2772; sspencer@doleta.gov)