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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 9

For the week ending February 28, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


Technical Assistance and Training

Tools of the Trade
The Workforce Tools of the Trade (www.workforcetools.org) website is available to subscribe to within the CareerOneStop portal, which is solely targeted on fostering the professional growth of those in the workforce development system across all levels of the system.

The site offers new content each month including feature articles with workforce development colleagues; featured websites; breaking news in the profession, and an updated System-Wide Events calendar. Periodic Newsbreaks e-mail alerts keep subscribers apprised of new information.

The site also offers a database of information about education and training services; products and providers for the workforce development professionals; real-life examples from the field in such areas as business and governance; links to nationwide workforce development websites; and information on the latest professional certification programs. Contact: Lois Engel (202-693-3356; lengel@doleta.gov)

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Labor launched a new website March 4th. It is the official site for federal government resources for women. Women business owners are concerned about roadblocks to growth, long-term viability and their financial health. The site is shaped to help women navigate the ever-changing business climate and serve as a vehicle that champions the cause of women small business owners. It features up-to-date information on key issues for women entrepreneurs, including access to capital, health insurance, government procurement, retirement security and technology." Contact: http://www.women-21.gov

Veterans's Program Letter

The Veterans' Program Letter 04-03 provides a status report on the implementation of Public Law (P.L.) 107-288, the "Jobs for Veterans Act."

This February 24 Program Letter was addressed to all Regional Administrators and Directors for Veterans' Employment and Training, all State Workforce Agency Administrators, and all Employment and Training Regional Administrators.

Contact: Veterans' Program Letter 04-03 ( http://nvti.cudenver.edu/new/107_288/vpl0403.pdf)
Veterans' Program Letter 04-03 Enclosure ( http://nvti.cudenver.edu/new/107_288/VPL0403Enclosure.pdf)


GAO Study

An entrance conference was held regarding GAO’s study of Employment and Training Programs Funded Through Employer Taxes (Job Code 130232). GAO will examine:

Contact: : Sherri Spencer (202-693-2772; sspencer@doleat.gov)

Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data (WISARD)

The database of WIASRD information for PY 2002 and PY 2001 is now available. PRO staff are working with the database to do some preliminary analysis and will be coonsulting with the program offices on their needs and validation of the findings. In addition, briefing material has been prepared for the Assistant Secretary’s use in upcoming hearings on WIA reauthorization. Contact: Amanda Ahlstrand (202-693-3052; aahlstrand@doleta.gov)

Public Education Campaigns To Combat Immigration Related Unfair Employment Discrimination

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) announces the availability of funds for grants to conduct public education programs about the rights afforded potential victims of employment discrimination and the responsibilities of employers under the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1324b.

It is anticipated that a number of grants will be competitively awarded to applicants who can demonstrate a capacity to design and successfully implement public education campaigns to combat immigration related unfair employment discrimination. Grants will range in size from $40,000 to $100,000.

OSC will accept proposals from applicants who have access to potential victims of discrimination or whose experience qualified them to educate workers, employers and the general public about the anti-discrimination provisions of the INA. OSC welcomes proposals from diverse nonprofit organizations such as local, regional or national ethnic and immigrants rights advocacy organizations, labor organizations, trade associations, industry groups, professional organizations, or other nonprofit entities, including state and local government agencies, providing information services to potential victims of discrimination and/or employers. The application due date is April 21, 2003.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-5090.htm

Grant Competitions to Reintegrate Homeless Veterans

The Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service has announced the availability of three grants and cooperative agreements. Applications for funds will be accepted from State and Local Workforce Investment Boards, local public agencies, for-profits/commercial entities, and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, which have familiarity with the area and population to be served and can administer an effective program. The due date for proposals under each competition is April 21.

Three March 5 FEDERAL REGISTER Notice announcements provide additional background on these competitions, detail full criteria for eligible applicants, and set forth the application requirements.

Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (New Grantees)
The total amount of funds available for this solicitation is $1 million. It is anticipated that up to 5 awards may be made under this solicitation. Individual grant awards will not exceed $200,000 for non-urban areas and $300,000 for urban areas.

Entities that have not previously operated a HVRP or Veterans' Workforce Investment Program and have a proven capacity to manage grants and have or will provide the necessary linkages with other service providers are encouraged to apply

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-5087.pdf

Non-Urban Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

The total amount of funds available for this solicitation is $2 million. It is anticipated that up to 15 awards may be made under this solicitation. Awards are expected to range from $150,000 to $200,000
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-086.pdf

Urban Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

The total amount of funds available for this solicitation is up to $7 million. It is anticipated that up to 25 awards may be made under this solicitation. Awards are expected to range from $250,000 to $300,000.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-088.pdf