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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 8

For the week ending February 21, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

On January 19, 2001, the Departments of Education and Labor rescinded the Guidance Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to address concerns that had been raised by some States regarding the effect of the FERPA on the administration of the eligible training provider provisions under section 122 of the Workforce Investment Act.

On January 30, 2003, the Departments of Labor and Education rescinded the January 19th guidance. The new guidance is effective on April 20, 2003 and is "intended to harmonize program evaluation requirements in Perkins III and Adult Education and Family Literacy Act with FERPA, permitting the evaluation functions in the former statutes to be carried out while protecting the privacy of students as reflected in FERPA."

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/ferpa-memorandum.pdf


Native American Welfare-to-Work reports (INA WtW) Data Collection

The required Federal Register Notice giving interested parties a 60-day period to comment on the proposed reinstatement (with modifications) of the Indian and Native American Welfare-to-Work reports (INA WtW) data collection was published on February 19. The due date for receipt of comments is April 21. The previously approved data collection for the INA WtW program has expired, and must be reinstated by OMB. In addition, the amendments of 1999 and 2000 require slight changes in the data collection instruments to correspond to amended statutory requirements. As the result of an agreement reached with OMB last May, the revised INA WtW regulations will not be reviewed by OMB until the Department has a proposed data collection instrument for simultaneous review, with the appropriate Paperwork Reduction Act burden estimates included. The publication of this Notice is the initial step toward that end.
Contact: Jim Deluca (202-693-3754; jdeluca@doleat.gov)

Columbia Space Shuttle

FEMA has requested Job Corps’ assistance in the recovery efforts of the Columbia Space Shuttle debris. Job Corps centers operated by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior will send student fire fighting crews to the Mark Twain and Daniel Boone National Forests in Texas.
Contact: Brian Daher (202-693-3086; bdaher@doleta.gov)

Adverse Effect Wage Rates

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the 2003 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for employers seeking nonimmigrant alien (H-2A) workers for temporary or seasonal agricultural labor or services. The allowable charges employers seeking nonimmigrant alien workers for temporary or seasonal agricultural labor or services or logging work may levy upon their workers when they provide three meals per day, and the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement which a worker with receipts may claim in 2003.

AEWRs are the minimum wage rates which the Department of Labor has determined must be offered and paid to U.S. and alien workers by employers of nonimmigrant alien agricultural workers (H-2A visa holders). AEWRs are established to prevent the employment of these aliens from adversely affecting wages of similarly employed U.S. workers.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-4500.htm

National Emergency Grants

Missouri has been approved for two National Emergency Grants totaling up to $3.8 million to aid over 1,050 Missouri workers laid-off in the airline industry. Over $1.1 million will be awarded immediately. A grant of up to $2.1 million will aid workers affected by lay offs from American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways in the Saint Louis area. Dislocated workers from Vanguard Airlines in Kansas City will receive up to $1.7 million in aid.

The Missouri Division of Workforce Development is the grantee for both grants. The programs will supplement existing re-employment programs including: job search assistance, job development, job placement, basic skills training and counseling.

Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; gshepard@doleta.gov)