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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 17

For the week ending April 25, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


Technical Assistance and Training

"Workforce Innovations 2003 Conference: Fueling America's Economic Engine"

Workforce Innovations 2003 is the nation's premier conference for the workforce investment system. The conference is sponsored by Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration and the National Association of Workforce Boards. It is designed to offer all public and private workforce professionals information on the most recent reauthorization developments, best practices, key industry clusters, and systems and solutions necessary to provide quality services to their customers.

This unique conference will feature dynamic and provocative speakers addressing the critical themes of:

On-line registration is available on the conference website. An early-bird discounted registration fee is available for all who register before May 30. A one-day only registration option is available for either July 8 or July 9.
Contact: http://www.workforceinnovations.org/

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Using Technology and Public Private Partnerships to Help Low-Income Workers

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services present the first in a series of webcasts on delivering employment and social services to low-income working families in a period of fiscal crisis. The webcast will explore how states and localities have used technology to conduct outreach and provide direct services to low-income workers.

Meeting participants will also discuss how public-private partnerships can be used to leverage new resources and connect low-income workers with existing community services in a period of fiscal crisis. Panelists include state officials and program directors.

Workforce professionals are invited to join the discussion online on May 13 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM (EST) at the NGA website.

Contact: http://www.nga.org/LowIncomeWorkers/
For more information, contact Lisa Grossman at the NGA Center for Best Practices (202-624-7857; lgrossman@nga.org)

NGA Winter Meeting Highlights Available Online

Highlights from the NGA 2003 Winter Meeting, held in Washington, DC, are available online in audio and video formats. Highlights include press conferences, plenary sessions, committee meetings and special sessions. Contact: http://www.nga.org/NewsRoom/Multimedia/

Empowering New Partnerships in Your Community: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the Workforce System

This new publication from the Department's Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives provides practical advice and guidance for Workforce Boards and One-Stop operators interested in conducting outreach and initiating new partnerships with faith-based and community organizations (FBOs/CBOs). Contact: CFBCI staff at 202-693-6450 or e-mail contact-cfbci@dol.gov or http://www.dol.gov/cfbci/Empowering_FINAL.pdf


Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Round II JobLinks Grants

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) has selected the following organizations as recipients of "Round 2" Joblinks demonstration funding:

These Department of Labor-funded grants provide demonstration funding to communities for testing various transportation strategies in support of local initiatives at One-Stop Centers and other job development activity centers -- especially those focusing on the needs of dislocated workers.

Each demonstration project will last for approximately 12 months. Selected projects will show a high probability for success, will be replicable in other communities and will demonstrate solid coordination among agencies responsible for the provision of job development, transportation, and family assistance.
Contact: http://www.ctaa.org/ntrc/atj/joblinks/doldemos_round2.asp or Carolyn Jeskey (202-624-1724 or )

Senior Community Service Employment Program: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with Request for Comments

The purpose of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has been to foster and promote useful part-time employment opportunities in community service activities for persons with low incomes who are 55 years old or older. The 2000 amendments to this legislation expand the program's purpose to include increasing participants' economic self-sufficiency and increasing the number of persons who may benefit from unsubsidized employment.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers the program by means of grant agreements with eligible organizations, such as governmental entities and public and private nonprofit agencies and organizations. Through an announcement in the April 28 FEDERAL REGISTER Notice, ETA is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with request for comments to implement reforms to SCSEP due to the enactment of these amendments.

This proposed rule provides administrative and programmatic guidance as well as requirements for the implementation of the SCSEP. Key components of this reform include coordination between SCSEP and the One-Stop Delivery System, increased responsibility of State grantees to collaborate with other SCSEP stakeholders, and increased accountability for performance. These reform proposals were developed in consultation with program stakeholders, including State agencies, national organizations, interested individuals, and public and private nonprofit organizations.

Comments on this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking should be submitted in writing to Mr. Gale Gibson, Division of Older Worker Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N5306, Washington, DC 20210. Comments must be received by June 12.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-9579.pdf

National Emergency Grant Maryland

A National Emergency Grant of up to $1.5 million will aid approximately 850 workers affected by the closure of the Black & Decker plant in Easton, Maryland. $500,000 will be awarded immediately. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003208.htm

Grant Resources for Nursing, Education, Practice, Retention and Career Ladders

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced funding availability and the opening of the FY 2003 application process for grants related to Nurse Education, Practice, Retention and Career Ladders.

Grants will be awarded to eligible entities for programs

HRSSA estimates the number of awards may range from 12 to 30 in FY 2003. The estimated costs are expected to vary considerably with a range from $100,000 to $250,000.

Eligibility: A school of nursing, a health care facility, or a partnership of such a school and facility, nursing centers, academic health centers, State or local governments, and other public and private non profit entities. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-10476.pdf

Creating a 21st Century Workforce for Business

The U.S. Chamber's Center for Workforce Preparation in partnership with the National Chamber Foundation will host the "Creating a 21st Century Workforce for Business" symposium. The symposium will gather senior industry, government, and media leaders to examine what business needs from a 21st century workforce development system. This full-day symposium on May 15th at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., will result in recommendations to policymakers regarding the future of the workforce development system. Contact: http://www.uschamber.com/event.asp?event=DOLworkforce5-15