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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 1

For the week ending December 6, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)



Personal Reemployment Accounts
President Bush has proposed to give states $3.6 billion to promote Personal Reemployment Accounts to Americans who need the most help getting back to work. These funds will enable states to offer accounts of up to $3,000 each to eligible individuals to purchase job training and key services, such as child care and transportation, to help them look for a job and get back to work quickly. Recipients will be able to keep the balance of the account as a cash reemployment bonus if they become reemployed within 13 weeks.
Fact Sheet: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/01/20030106-7.html
Q’s & A’s: http://www.doleta.gov/whatsnew/Final_QA.cfm
Information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/economy/


U.S. Department of Commerce’s Spanish language Web Site

In an effort to better serve Hispanic entrepreneurs and businesses, the U.S. Department of Commerce has launched its Spanish language web site. The web site is designed to inform the Hispanic community of changes in the economy, upcoming trade development missions, high tech issues and trade opportunities. The web site also allows users to access information about minority development, export assistance, grant opportunities, and contracting and career opportunities.
Contact: http://www.commerce.gov/index_spanish.htm


Annual Performance Reports

The WIA Title I-B Annual Performance Reports are now available on the internal LAN. Since states were required to submit their performance data through EIMS, not all states’ data are presently available with these documents. Once states have finalized their Program Year 2001 performance data in EIMS, the Performance and Results Office will post this data – along with the state narrative reports – to our public website.
Contact: www.internal.doleta.gov/wia/index.cfm

H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants

In the January 6 FEDERAL REGISTER Notice, ETA announced the availability of approximately $200 million in grant funds for skill training programs for unemployed and employed workers. These grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under a new H-1B nonimmigrant visa.

The grants are a long-term solution to domestic skill shortages in high skill and high technology occupations. H-1B technical skills grants are focused on addressing the high skill technology shortages of American businesses; they are not intended to address labor shortages due to reasons other than technical skill shortages.

Grant awards will be made only to the extent that funds are available.

Eligible applicants for these grants will be local Workforce Investment Boards (Local Boards) established under section 117 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and representing a local or regional public-private partnership that is comprised of at least one Local Board, one business or business-related non-profit organization such as a trade association, and one community-based organization, higher education institution or labor union that will carry out such programs or projects through the One-Stop delivery system established under section 121 of WIA, or regional consortia of Local Boards. The community-based organization may be faith-based.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-193.htm

Job Search Advice For Customers With Disabilities

The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD/A) has materials that One-Stop Centers can share with job seekers. The information is formatted via user-friendly articles outlining how job seekers can conduct more self-directed job searches by using networking skills, job development techniques, advocacy resources, and more.
Contact: http://www.onestops.info/subcategory.php?subcat_id=4

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP)

NAWDP is seeking Request for Proposal to provide co-sponsored training for its membership. All proposed training opportunities must align with one or more of the twelve (12) competency areas identified by NAWDP.
Training opportunities can encompass everything from administration and management to MIS and front-line staff. Workshops can include both basic and advanced level training. Training may be attended by individuals from partner organizations and may be employed at community colleges, One-Stop Service Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, or Welfare Reform. Presenters from all disciplines are welcome.

Contact: www.nawdp.org

National Emergency Grant to Aid Laid-Off Workers in Idaho, Kentucky and Illinois

ETA announced National Emergency Grants for the following States:

Kentucky - $10,750,340 to aid more than 1,750 workers affected by plant closings and mass layoffs. The grant project will be operated by six of Kentucky's Local Workforce Investment Areas -- the Bluegrass Area Development District; Lincoln Trail Area Development District; Buffalo Trace Development District; Northern Kentucky Area Development District; Purchase/Pennyrile, Green River Area Development District and the Barren River Area Development District.

The project supplement existing re-employment programs including job search assistance, job development, job placement, basic skills training, counseling and supportive services for child-care and transportation.

Idaho - $888,250, of which $329,500 is being released initially, to provide employment transition-related assistance for approximately 175 dislocated farmers, eligible family members and farmhands throughout the State.

Illinois - $5,000,000, of which $2,261,904 will be released initially, to supplement a previous grant of $5 million to continue providing transition assistance to workers who lost their jobs from the airline and related industries following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; gshepard@doleta.gov)

WIA Reauthorization Comments on Indian and Native American Programs

Congress is scheduled to take up the reauthorization of WIA in 2003. In anticipation of reauthorization, the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), sponsored a series of WIA Reauthorization Public Forums to help gather input from the public.

Two WIA Reauthorization Forums were held to gather comments related to Indian and Native American Programs authorized under WIA Section 166. These Forums, or listening sessions, were held in Choctaw, Mississippi on October 8, 2002 and in San Diego, California on November 6, 2002.

The final report providing a summary of public comments received through this outreach process is available on the Reauthorization website.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/reauthorization/forums.asp or Dolores Beran-Hall (202-693-2794; or dberan@doleta.gov) or Jim Deluca (202-693-3754; jdeluca@doleta.gov)