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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 22

For the week ending June 6, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Miscellaneous

Grant Announcement—Navigator Initiative

A solicitation to establish a cooperative agreement with 17 states on the Disability Program Navigator initiative was issued by ETA.  The Navigator Initiative will provide $6 million to interested State Workforce Investment Boards or workforce agencies for the funding of 80-100 Navigators in comprehensive One-Stop Career Centers under this demonstration initiative that ETA is conducting in partnership with the Social Security Administration.  The potential states for involvement in this initiative include Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont, and Wisconsin.  The cooperative agreements are expected to be in place by June 30.   Contact:  Chonita Tillmon (202-693-3760; tillmon.chonita@dol.gov)

e-VETS Resource Advisor

The e-VETS Resource Advisor assists veterans preparing to enter the job market. It includes information on a broad range of topics, such as job search tools and tips, employment openings, career assessment, education and training, and benefits and special services available to veterans.   Contact:  http://www.dol.gov/elaws/evets.htm

Multiple Employment and Training Programs:  Funding and Performance Measures for Major Programs

GAO issued a revised version of a 53-page final report entitled, “Multiple Employment and Training Programs:  Funding and Performance Measures for Major Programs” (GAO-03-589 – Job Code 130213).  One of the federal agencies (not DOL) included in this study had inadvertently provided incorrect data to GAO that was significant enough to warrant publishing a corrected version of this report once the error was discovered.  Changes appear primarily in Appendix III and in the second dot point on page 18.   Contact:   Sherri Spencer (202-693-2772; spencer.sherri@dol.gov)

CTAA Planning Grants to Expand Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities

Community Transportation Association of America and Easter Seals Project ACTION are partnering to provide grants for creating a partnership of community stakeholders, and demonstrating effective mechanisms for establishing community-based plans to expand transportation services for all persons with disabilities.  Each plan should address the impact it will have on employment or other quality of life issues for people who have disabilities. Eligible applicants must be legally established entities capable of receiving federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and include, but are not limited to:  local transportation organizations; state and local government agencies; nonprofit organizations; tribal entities, and institutions of higher education.   Up to $50,000 in CTAA Joblinks funds will be available for each project.  Funds can be used to support fact finding, data collection and analysis, community-wide information sharing and consensus building activities, action plan development, and administrative costs. No local match is requiredThe deadline is July 25, 2003 by 5:00 p.m. EST.  Contact:  http://www.ctaa.org/ntrc/atj/joblinks/FTA6_DisabilityPlanningGrants.asp  or Carolyn Jeskey (202-6241724; or jeskey@ctaa.org)

Increasing Opportunities for Older Youth in After-School Programs

Few after-school programs have developed strategies for attracting large numbers of teens, especially older and harder-to-serve youth. This report from Public/Private Ventures studies a three-year initiative to enhance services to underserved teens by the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in New York City and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. They recruited large numbers of teens, involved them in a variety of activities, and provided them with emotional support, leadership opportunities, and programming in two critical areas, academics and job training.  Contact:   http://www.ppv.org/index.html

National Emergency Grants (NEG)

  • ColoradoUp to $2,633,982 approved, with $558,724 provided initially, to provide reemployment services for up to 1,500 military spouses and Department of Defense civilian personnel from Fort Carson Army Post, the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base in the Colorado Springs area.  The project will be operated by the Pikes Peak Workforce Center in collaboration with local military installations .

  • FloridaUp to $10,000,000 approved, with $5,000,000 provided initially, to provide training and related assistance for approximately 1,747 workers certified eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) or North American Free Trade Agreement-Transitional Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TAA).  System Building NEGs . Arkansas was approved for $200,000 to develop an infrastructure to make health insurance benefits available for eligible individuals and to certify individuals potentially eligible for the health coverage tax credit.

  • MassachusettsApproved for $2,939,854 in NEG funds to continue employment transition-related assistance for 843 workers dislocated from manufacturing and technology firms located in the South Central region of Massachusetts.  Up to $5,199,534 approved, with $3,629,261 provided initially, to assist 658 workers who have lost their jobs from United Airlines and Delta Airlines and to continue assistance for other worker dislocations in related airlines and industries such as travel, tourism, hospitality, and retail, following the September 11th terrorist attacks and their negative impact on the economy.

  • South CarolinaUp to $6,438,541 approved, with $1,895,619 provided initially, for employment transition assistance to approximately 1,400 workers dislocated from multiple companies.

  • System Building NEGs.  Maryland was approved for $100,000 to develop an infrastructure to make health insurance benefits available for eligible individuals and to certify individuals potentially eligible for the health coverage tax credit.

  • NEG “Bridge” Health Coverage Premiums . Maine and Montana have been approved for funds to cover 65 percent of the costs of paying bridge health care assistance payments for eligible recipients. The health coverage benefits (including tax credits) are authorized under the Trade Reform Act of 2002, and are available for providing assistance to trade-certified workers and other eligible individuals as defined in the Act: Minnesota ($7,077,700 for 2,000 workers); Maryland ($5,632,000 for 5,100 workers); and New Jersey ($2,340,000 for 300 workers).   Contact: George Shephard (202-693-3572; shephard.george@dol.gov)