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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 6

For the week ending February 7, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


Policy

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 19-02

Subject: Sanctions Policy for Failure to Meet State Negotiated Performance Levels under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Purpose: To provide states guidance on the Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) policy related to application of sanctions for failure to meet the state negotiated levels of performance under title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1458

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Partners

Mainstream Services for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

As part of a partnership, ETA participated at an HHS/HUD/VA sponsored policy academy entitled, “Improving Access to Mainstream Services for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness” held in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 29-31. This academy, which is the third to be held, is one of several interagency initiatives developed under the Interagency Council on Homelessness and brought together nine state-based teams of state and local policymakers to develop strategies in support of the academy’s theme. ETA was part of the DOL team and acted as a resource to state teams as they crafted their plans; held a break-out session where they made a presentation on DOL programs and services (both mainstream programs and targeted programs) addressing at-risk populations; and hosted two luncheon discussion tables. The DOL team, which included members of VETS, CFBCI, and national and regional ETA staff, will be evaluating its participation in this academy and making recommendations on participation in future academies. A fourth academy is currently planned for May in Chicago.
Contact: Doris Rippey (202-693-2922; drippey@doleta.gov)

ETA/Home Depot Partnership

ETA and The Home Depot launched a National Hiring Partnership Week February 10–14, 2003. As part of an ongoing partnership, Home Depot Stores are teaming with One-Stop Centers across the country to fill approximately 60,000 seasonal workers nationally—on average 40 associates at each of the 1,500-plus.
Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003070.htm)

Miscellaneous

Trade Adjustment Assistance Reporting Consolidation

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of data collections using the:

ETA Form 9042a, Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance
(1205-0342, expires 3/31/2003)
(Spanish translation) ETA 9042a-1 (1205-0342, expires 3/31/2003)
ETA 9043a, Business Confidential Data Request (1205-0339, expires 3/31/2003)
ETA 8562a, Customer Survey (1205- 0190 expires 3/31/2003)


To meet the Terms of Clearance assigned by the Office of Management and Budget on October 9, 2002, these collections of information will be consolidated into one reporting requirement and approved under OMB approval number 1205-0342. ETA will not be seeking approval of the original ETA 9043, 8562 and 9042 used for the Trade Act Program as in effect prior to November 4, 2002 only the new forms associated with the Trade Act of 2002 will be extended. The consolidation of these reporting requirements -- along with the elimination of the ETA 9043, 8562 and 9042 forms -- will result in a burden decrease of 11,451 hours.
Contact: Erin L. FitzGerald (202-693-3506; efitzgerald@doleta.gov) or http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-3670.pdf

Research Conference on "Workforce Investment Issues in the U.S"

The Employment and Training Administration has issued a call for papers for the Biennial National Research Conference on "Workforce Investment Issues in the United States."

The Conference will be held on June 4-5, 2003 at the Holiday Inn, Capital Hill, 550 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024. The Conference will be open to the public.

Contact: Crystal Woodard (202-693-3162; cwoodard@doleta.gov)

National Collaboration Announces Tools for Improving Local Workforces: How Employers Can Help Workers, Job Seekers to Succeed

Workforce Innovation Networks - WINs - announced a series of resources for engaging employers in workforce development. These tools will produce two sets of benefits: they will improve the economic prospects of job seekers and workers, while also meeting the needs of businesses for employees at the entry-level and above. The new resources are available from the Jobs for the Future Web site. Contact: www.jff.org

Jobs for the Future seeks to accelerate the educational and economic advancement of youth and adults struggling in today's economy. JFF partners with leaders in education, business, government, and communities around the nation to: strengthen opportunities for youth to succeed in postsecondary learning and high-skill careers; increase opportunities for low-income individuals to move into family-supporting careers; and meet the growing economic demand for knowledgeable and skilled workers. Contact: www.jff.org

Solicitation for Grant Applications -- Work Incentive Grant Program

This year's Work Incentive Grant announcement continues an emphasis on addressing infrastructure inadequacies and programmatic access of the One-Stop system for people with disabilities, including grant funds available for procuring assistive technology. Statement of Work criteria continues an emphasis on support for staffing capacity but with additional language that is modeled on a joint ETA/SSA Disability Program Navigator initiative that will soon be piloted in several states.

ETA anticipates awarding approximately 20-40 grants ranging from $100,000 to $700,000. Awards to one or more local Workforce Investment Boards will generally be limited to no more than $300,000. Awards to state-wide grantees (including a single local Workforce Investment area State) will generally be limited to no more than $700,000. Awards to current Work Incentive Grantees that submit proposals under this SGA will be limited to $150,000 for one or more local Workforce Investment Boards and $500,000 to state-wide grant proposals The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement is March 28, 2003. Other background, requirements for Statement of Work, and the review process and evaluation criteria may be found in the February 11 Federal Register Notice.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-3338.pdf

Common Performance Measures

On Tuesday, February 11, the Office of Performance and Results met with OMB and the other Federal agencies that are party to the Common Measures Initiative to discuss the next steps in the initiative and a process for federal implementation modeled on that for the WIA Unified Plan. From preliminary discussions with OMB staff, ETA is currently ahead of other agencies in its plans and schedule for implementation.
Contact: James Aaron (202-693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov)

FY 2002 Annual Report

The Department of Labor FY 2002 Annual Report has been completed and printed. The report may be found on the DOL website ETA is responsible for a significant portion of the Department’s performance activities.
Contact: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/reports/annual2002/main.htm