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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 24

For the week ending June 20, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

 Contact: www.workforceinnovations.org

 Contact: Mary Montgomery (202-693-3217; montgomery.mary@dol.gov)



National Governors' Association Webcast: Maximizing Income and Assets to Help Low-Income Workers

On Wednesday, July 9, from 1 pm – 2:30 pm (EDT), the National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services presents the second in a webcast series, Making the Most of Limited Resources to Help Low-Income Workers.  The webcast will explore how states and localities have helped low-income workers access the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, financial literacy education, and asset development tools to make the most of their limited incomes and save for the future.
Contact:  http://www.nga.org/LowIncomeWorkers/

HHS/ACF Announces Funding Opportunities under Compassion Capital Fund for Qualified Intermediary Organizations

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of Federal funding under the Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) to intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance to faith-based and community organizations.

Intermediaries will assist these small groups in their efforts to improve program effectiveness and organizational management, access funds from diverse sources and manage those funds, develop and train staff, expand the types and reach of social services programs in their communities and develop promising collaborations among organizations dedicated to social service delivery. In addition, recipients of awards under this announcement must issue sub-awards to a number of qualified faith-based and community organizations for a variety of capacity-building purposes.   Contact:  http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/whatsnew.asp#974



WIA: Change Management

On June 16-17, 2003, the Philadelphia Regional Office co-sponsored a meeting on Change Management with the Boston and Atlanta Regional Offices along with NASWA. The meeting’s focus was preparing States in each respective region for WIA Reauthorization. Contact: Leo Miller (215-861-5287; miller.leo@dol.gov)

Offender Demonstration Projects

Currently, the Office Of Youth Services (OYS) has oversight responsibility for eighteen Round III Young Offender Demonstration Projects (YODP). In an effort to streamline overall grant management and ensure program consistency and continuity, OPDER and OYS have agreed to shift all eleven sites into the Office of Youth Services. In order to closely evaluate the Employment Bonus program demonstration research effort, OPDER will assume FPO responsibility for the St Paul, MN YODP site. Together this will result in OYS having oversight responsibility for twenty-eight of twenty-nine YODP sites. As a result of this transition, FPO responsibilities have now been changed from OPDER to the appropriate regional offices.
Contact: (202-693-3678; balducci.david@dol.gov), Mary Ann Donovan (202-693-3936; donovan.maryann@dol.gov) or Richard Morris (202-693-3603; morris.richard@dol.gov)

National Emergency Grants

DOL Awards $14.7 Million Advanced Technical Skills Training: Five Local Workforce Investment Boards to Train Workers for High Skills/High Tech Occupations
The Department has awarded $14.7 million to five local Workforce Investment Boards around the country to train workers for high-technology jobs. The grants are a long-term solution to domestic labor shortages in high skills and high tech occupations.
Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003338.htm

GAO Report
Workforce Investment Act: One-Stop Centers Implemented Strategies to Strengthen Services and Partnerships, but More Research and Information Sharing Is Needed, from the U.S General Accounting Office, June 18, 2003. Contact: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-03-725

ETA Announces Availability of Grant Funds for Technical Skills Training Grants for Business Partnerships
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the availability of approximately $50 million in grant funds for technical skills training programs. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/whatsnew.asp#969