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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 16

For the week ending April 18, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)




Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 25-02

Subject:   Changes in Adults and Dislocated Worker Program Year 2002 Funds

Purpose:   To provide guidance on ETA plans to deobligate Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs formula funds for Program Year (PY) 2002 as required of Public Law 108-7, Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1480

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 12-02

Subject:   Workforce Innovations 2003 Conference

Purpose:   To announce the Workforce Innovations Conference 2003: Fueling America’s Economic Engine conference to be held in Washington, D.C., from July 8 - 10, at the Marriott Wardman-Park Hotel. Questions about Workforce Innovations 2003 should be directed to your ETA Regional Office or
Contact: conference staff by phone (202-693-3689) or by e-mail at info@workforceinnovations.org.

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 13-02

Subject:   Release and Availability of the Spanish Translation of the O*NET 4.0 Database

Purpose:   To announce the release and availability of the Spanish translation of the O*NET 4.0 Database. The content of this O*NET database, in Spanish, is congruent with the English version of the O*NET 4.0 database. It may be used by states, public and private organizations to develop Spanish language products and applications incorporating O*NET information.
Contact: www.doleta.gov/programs/onet. For specific questions, e-mail: o-net@dol.gov; call: 202-693-3660.

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


HUD Announces "Super NOFA" - 43 Separate Grant Opportunities to Benefit Local Governments and Grassroots Organizations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that $2.3 billion is available to serve homeless persons, produce affordable housing, and stimulate economic development. The fiscal year 2003 "SuperNOFA" (Notification of Funding Availability) includes 43 separate funding opportunities for local units of government as well as nonprofit faith-based and community organizations. These opportunities include YouthBuild, Community Development Technical Assistance (TA), and the Brownfields Economic Development Initiative.

This year's funding notice explains the application process -- and lists the application deadlines -- that will ultimately award: $1.822 billion in targeted housing and homeless assistance; $241 million in community development funding; and, $231 million in economic development resources.


Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

HHS has announced their Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to support the competitive employment of people with disabilities (CFDA Bo. 93.768). States that have developed effective Medicaid services may apply for the Comprehensive Employment Infrastructure Development section of the grant. The RFP specifies that “states may use the funding to form partnerships with local housing authorities or with one-stop employment centers to assure a more comprehensive infrastructure.” Notice of Intent to Apply are due May 5, 2003. Applications are due July 1, 2003. Contact: http://cms.hhs.gov/twwiia/infrastr.asp

Automotive Workforce Development Forum

On April 16, Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco and the Business Relations Group met with 13 automotive industry human resources executives and 13 of their industry partners representing 18 automotive companies and organizations. The purpose of this forum was to discuss the automotive industry’s workforce needs and opportunities for action partnerships between the industry and ETA.

The automotive companies and organizations in attendance represented a wide variety of industry sectors, including supply, manufacturing, retail, and aftermarket services. In addition, industry quality, membership, certification, and training organizations and companies attended the forum. Companies and organizations in attendance were: American Honda Motor Company, BMW of North America, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors of North America, Nissan North America, Shell Lubricants-Jiffy Lube International, Subaru of America, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Volkswagon of America, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Automotive Retailing Today (ART), Automotive Trade Association Executives (ATAE), Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), Snap-On, and SPX Corporation.
Contact: : Gretchen Sullivan (202-693-3386; sullivan.gretchen@dol.gov)


National Emergency Grants (NEG)

Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; shepard.george@dol.gov)

Workforce Recruitment Program: Department Offers Employers Free Database of Qualified, Disabled Student Job Seekers

Government and private sector employers may take advantage of a free resource to identify college students and recent graduates with disabilities for their summer and permanent job openings. The Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in cooperation with the Department of Defense, now offers a database of more than 1,600 job seekers with disabilities through its Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).
Contact: http://www.dol.gov/odep/media/press/wrp.htm

GAO Report on Performance Measures

The GAO Report -- Multiple Employment and Training Programs: Funding and Performance Measures for Major Programs is now available.
Contact: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03589.pdf

Job Corps -- Annual National Health and Wellness Conference

The National Office is conducting the Annual National Health and Wellness Conference, May 6 – 9 in Phoenix, AZ. The conference will convene Job Corps regional health consultants and center wellness managers from across the country to discuss implementing the new health records privacy act, meeting the individual needs of each student with a disability, violence prevention/student safety and operating effective health and wellness programs on center. Contact: Marcus Gray (202-693-3092; gray.marcus@dol.gov )