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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; ckooser@doleta.gov)

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.

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/pdf/YO_Case_MRM_2002.pdf

Partners

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 work
Contact: Making it Easier to Go to Work -- http://www.onestops.info/article.php?article_id=177

Miscellaneous

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; ckooser@doleta.gov )

National Emergency Grants (NEG)

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:

Idaho$150,000
Florida$200,000
Massachusetts$150,000
Missouri$98,456
Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; gshepard@doleta.gov)

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