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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 10

For the week ending March 7, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act
Secretary Elaine L. Chao has issued a statement upon introduction of the “Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act” (H.R. 1261) by Chairman John Boehner and Subcommittee Chairman Buck McKeon
Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA2003134.htm

WIA Reauthorization
Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco has released the Bush Administration's WIA reauthorization proposal which includes recommendations on improving the workforce investment system.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/whatsnew/WIA_Factsheet_Final_v3.cfm

Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco Testifies to Improve Worker Training Program
Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco urged the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness to adopt the Administration’s approach to reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003123.htm

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Partners

Federal Transit Administration (FAA) Announces 2003 Apportionments and Allocations To Provide Funding Information on Job Access and Reverse Commute Program

The FY 2003 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act provides $104,317,500 for the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program. The JARC program, established under the Transportation Equity Act-21, provides funding for the provision of transportation services designed to increase access to jobs and employment-related activities. Job Access projects are those that transport welfare recipients and low-income individuals, including economically disadvantaged persons with disabilities, in urban, suburban, or rural areas to and from jobs and activities related to their employment. Reverse Commute projects provide transportation services for the general public from urban, suburban, and rural areas to suburban employment opportunities. A total of up to $10,000,000 from the appropriation may be used for Reverse Commute Projects.

Miscellaneous

Reed Act Distribution

GAO Report: States' Use of 2002 Reed Act Distribution. This report provides information on the proportion of Reed Act dollars that states have spent, to date. Contact: http://www.workforceatm.org/articles/template.cfm?results_art_filename=gaouireedact02.htm

Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)

In accordance with the IRS reporting requirements, all State Workforce Agencies have issued IRS Form 8887 to individuals potentially eligible for the tax credit for December 2002. Eligible individuals will use this information to claim the credit when filing their 2002 tax return. The Form 8887 was to be mailed out by February 18, 2003; two states reported that forms were mailed out on February 19, due to the snowstorms. The initial set of forms that were mailed out by Oregon incorrectly showed the information to be applicable for 2003, but corrected forms have been reissued.
Contact: Betty Castillo (202-693-3209;bcastillo@doleta.gov)

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Final Rule

The DUA Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, March 6, 2003, within one week of the expected date. The rule clarifies eligibility for DUA by defining unemployment as a direct result of the disaster. An interim final rule was published on November 13, 2001, in response to the major disasters declared as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Only minor changes have been made in the final rule, in response to public comments. The PPB approved the final rule prior to submittal to OMB, and OMB approved the final rule on January 17, 2003, after requesting one minor edit.
Contact: Betty Castillo (202-693-3209; bcastillo@doleta.gov)

Personal Reemployment Accounts

Personal Reemployment Accounts will give eligible unemployed workers the power to purchase training, supportive services (e.g. child care, transportation), and intensive services (e.g., employment counseling, case management). The accounts will be administered through the One-Stop Career Center system and individuals will be given broad flexibility to purchase the services of their choosing.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/reemployment/Reemployment_index.cfm

DOL Debuts O*NET On-Line 4.0

O*Net On-Line 4.0 helps users analyze and understand current occupational information and provides a key decision support system for human resource professionals, industry analysts, line managers and other career development and workforce investment professionals. Other benefits include:


Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003115.htm or http://online.onetcenter.org

National Emergency Grant

DOL announced a National Emergency Grant of over $252,000 that will aid 115 Massachusetts workers dislocated as a result of the closure of the Federal Mogul Corporation in Brighton.
Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; gshepard@doleta.gov)