Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 2, Number 3
For the week ending January 17, 2003
(For Internal Use Only)
Technical Assistance and Training
Trade Program Training
Training on the Trade Act of 2002 was held in Kansas City and Philadelphia the week of January 6 for union representatives. The training focused on the need for timely provision of reemployment services and key features of the new legislation such as who can file petitions, how to file petitions, and the many benefits and services available to trade impacted workers including training, allowance payments, and a health insurance tax credit. The Office of National Response efforts to reengineer the business model for processing trade petitions were also presented. Overall, 10 training sessions were conducted over the past two months for state agency workforce officials, business groups, union representatives, intergovernmental organizations, congressional staff and others.
Contact: Curtis Kooser (202-693-3569; email@example.com)
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
Technical Assistance and Training
Resource Manual for Youth
"Case Management: A Resource Manual" for Youth is now available. Case Management is the infrastructure for delivering effective services that will facilitate the positive growth and development of youth and the achievement of individual and organizational performance goals. "CASE MANAGEMENT: A Resource Manual" has been developed to assist both case managers and management staff in implementing an excellent case management system. A variety of materials from various sources such as YO! sites, Brandeis University, Job Corps, CYGNET Associates, and OMTI Workforce Training Institute has been compiled for easy access. The information has been organized around eight major themes.
What Social Security Changes Mean for One-Stop Customers
The Social Security Administration has a number of incentives to assist people with
disabilities to enter the workforce. Among the changes with the advent of the new
year are annual adjustments in earning limits and other amounts. To obtain a
publication explaining how recent changes impact people with disabilities who want to
Contact: Making it Easier to Go to Work -- http://www.onestops.info/article.php?article_id=177
Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA)
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2003, $61.4 million in TAA training funds were
allocated to 39 states and $17.6 million in NAFTA-TAA training funds went to 27
states. Approximately 600 petitions have been received since November 4 under the
new TAA Reform Act. Of these, there are 380 in process of which about 100 are in
process in excess of 40 days. Additionally, Office of National Response has reduced
the backlog of old program cases down to 42 with a target for completion of these
cases January 31.
Contact: Curtis Kooser (202-693-3569; firstname.lastname@example.org )
National Emergency Grants (NEG)
Connecticut - Approved up to $623,663, of which $217,920 will be released initially, to begin employment transition related assistance for approximately 126 workers dislocated from Bridgeport Machines, Inc., located in Bridgeport; and Cerro Fabricated Products, located in Bristol.
Idaho - Approved up to $600,000, of which $200,000 would be released initially, to begin employment transition related assistance for approximately 50 workers affected by the closure of Jabil Circuit Company, located in Meridian, as a result of economic conditions. Approved up to $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.
Iowa - Approved up to $354,585, of which $122,304 will be released initially, to provide employment transition assistance to approximately 55 of the 202 workers dislocated from Ball Corporation (Sioux City), Mau Trucking, Inc., (Ida Grove), and MCI WorldCom (Sergeant Bluff). Approved up to $879,654, of which 135,194 will be released initially, to supplement an earlier award of $228,233 to assist workers who have lost their jobs from the Rockwell Collins Company in Bellevue, Decorah and Manchester as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the general economic downturn.
Illinois - Approved up to $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.
Montana - Approved up to $595,459, of which $297,731 would be released initially, to provide employment related assistance to approximately 470 workers dislocated by the closure of Stimson Lumber, located in Libby.
Texas - Approved up to $3,004,915 of which $700,000 would be released initially, to provide employment related assistance to approximately 167 workers dislocated by the closure of Louisiana Pacific (LP) Corporation Plywood Mill in Bon Weir.
System Building NEGs
The following States were approved for NEG funds to develop an infrastructure in the State to make health insurance benefits available for eligible individuals and to certify individuals potentially eligible for the health insurance tax credit:
Brochure on Trade Adjustment Assistance Services Now Available
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has developed a brochure providing an overview of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) services available through local One-Stop Centers with a description of the application process for TAA eligibility. This brochure may be downloaded, printed and customized with state and local office contact information. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/resource.asp
Evaluation of Youth Offender Demonstration Project
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting proposals to select a contractor to conduct an evaluation of the Youth Offender Demonstration Project. The proposed evaluation will include additional process evaluation focusing on the final rounds and will use quantitative and ethnographic methods to begin assessing the effects of the demonstration on participants and communities. The proposed evaluation will use three types of cross-site analyses to assess the demonstration's success in effectively providing core reentry services and employability skills and employment for youth offenders, gang members, and youth at risk of gang or court involvement: (1) process analysis, (2) outcomes analysis, and (3) ethnographic analysis. Contact: http://wdsc.doleta.gov/sga/rfp.asp