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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 12

For the week ending March 21, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

Directives

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 22-02

Subject:   Negotiation of Performance Goals for Program Years Four and Five Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act

Purpose:   To inform states of the guidelines for negotiating performance goals for the performance and customer satisfaction indicators for the fourth and fifth program years (PY2003 and PY2004) of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1468y

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 21-03

Subject:   Minimum Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Weekly Benefit Amount: April 1 - June 30, 2003

Purpose:   To transmit the subject computation for State Workforce Agency usage in computing minimum weekly DUA amounts for all major disasters declared during the third quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2003.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1472

Retirement Pay Guidance For Unemployment

ETA has issue guidance on treatment of retirement pay for unemployment compensation purposes
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-7450.pdf

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Partners

HUD Funding for Research Grants -- Labor Markets and Economic Development are Investigative Topics

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for research on the "Socio-Economic Change in Cities, Fiscal Year 2002."

HUD is interested in a wide variety of research topics. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following questions:

Labor markets: What does recent data tell us about the significance of spatial mismatch between jobs and residents? What are the trends in unemployment among youth in cities? What is the impact of job growth on unemployment in cities? What has been the impact of welfare reform, urban development, and other fiscal policies on urban labor markets?

Economic development: Are there any particular industries that are key to economic development? What are the implications of different types of agglomeration economies (i.e., scale economies, economies of localization) for urban growth? What is the role of tax incentives in economic development? Are there geographic spillovers of economic development? To what extent does growth in the suburbs lead to growth in center cities? What is the impact of economic development on poverty? What role have faith-based institutions played in effective community development initiatives?

The application deadline is May 27, 2003.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-7277.htm

Miscellaneous

UI Integrity Conference

The UI Integrity Professional Development Conference will be held on April 15-16, 2003 in Norfolk, Virginia. The conference will focus on preventing payment errors and reducing overpayments in the UI program. Speakers include Matt Weidinger, Mason Bishop, Samuel Mok, Steven Cossu (Assistant Inspector General for Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations), and Cheryl Atkinson. Approximately 150 staff from State Workforce Agencies and USDOL is expected to attend.
Contact: Bill Whitt (202-693-3219; Whitt.Bill@dol.gov)

Business Seminar

On March 20, the Business Relations Group (BRG) held its second business seminar on career ladders in the fast food industry with special guest speaker, Rosalind Oquendo, from AFC Enterprises. Over 75 ETA staff attended the presentation to hear Rosalind speak about AFCE’s innovative program to leverage Welfare-to-Work and WOTC tax credit to give the higher wages and training to entry-level employees. Ms. Oquendo also talked about AFCE’s commitment to promotion from within and their Assistant Manager and Manager benefits and training opportunities. She also gave an overview to work-life balance programs instituted by AFCE for all employees, including the creation of a relationship with a local credit union to allow AFCE employees to open accounts and obtain credit cards to avoid check cashing fees, as well as help build or rebuild credit. Additionally, AFCE underwrote car loans to managerial employees whose positions required automobiles. Youth Services, ATELS, and One-Stop program offices all want to follow up to discuss additional ways for DOL to work with AFC Enterprises. BRG staff will visit AFCE’s Atlanta, GA, headquarters in May to meet with the head of Church’s Chicken Division, the division AFCE has selected to be the first partner.
Contact: Lisa Goddard (202-693-3438; goddard.lisa@dol.gov)

GAO

An entrance conference regarding National Emergency Grants was held March 19. GAO plans a quick turn around study that may or may not result in a report. GAO will study: 1) How much was spent in PY01 for National emergency Grants? 2) Who were the grant recipients, how much did they receive, and what activities and services ere provided? 3) How does the Department of Labor manage the grant process?
Contact: Sherri Spencer (202-6932772; spencer.sherri@dol.gov)