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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 25

For the week ending July 4, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


DOL Adds "A Competitive Workforce" as Fourth Strategic Goal in Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2003 - 2008

DOL released a draft copy of the FY 2003–2008 Strategic Plan for review. This document integrates the Department’s diverse missions and different program objectives into a presentation of performance objectives under four overarching strategic goals. The first three goals were developed during the initial phases of GPRA implementation in 1997. These goals are:

A Prepared Workforce - Increase Employment Earnings and Retention

A Secure Workforce - Increase Compliance with Worker Protection Laws

Quality Workplaces - Fosters Quality Workplaces that are Safe, Healthy, and Fair

NEW: A Competitive Workforce - A fourth strategic goal has been added to address some of the new challenges faced by the 21st Century workforce. The Department strives to be an active force in supporting our Nation's competitiveness in a global economy. The issues we need to address include how we actually work, where we work, what skills we need, and how we balance our professional and family lives.

Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993, the strategic planning process is to ensure that agency stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the plan. DOL welcomes stakeholders’ input in assisting the Department to plan for the challenges of the decades ahead. Feedback may be e-mailed to strategic-plan@dol.gov. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/stratplan-draft/main.htm


Training and Technical Assistance

Curriculum Designed for Non-Profits, FBOs and CBOs

The Department's Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives has developed the "Touching Lives & Communities Workshop Series." This training program is designed and tailored for small non-profit, community and faith-based organizations. The curriculum includes the following modules:

Part I: Capacity Building and Strategic Planning
Part II: Corporation and Foundation Giving
Part III: Board Development and Individual Giving
Part IV: Government Grant Applications and Grant Management
Part V: Program Evaluation
Contact: http://www.vodium.com/mediapod/dol/dlfbi/


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

 Contact: www.workforceinnovations.org

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



ODEP Funding Opportunities for State Agencies, Boards, Councils: High School/High Tech Program

DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the availability of $1.8 million to award up to eight competitive grants of approximately $225,000 to assist states to implement the High School/High Tech (HS/HT) program on a statewide basis. One competitive Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) will be used to award both HS/HT Implementation Grants and HS/HT Development Grants. Eligible applicants include State Workforce Investment Boards; State Departments of Education; State Departments of Labor; State Developmental Disability Councils; State Departments of Vocational Rehabilitation; or State Committees affiliated with the National Governors' Committees for People with Disabilities, and other similar state agencies. Deadline: July 21, 2003. Contact: June 6 FEDERAL REGISTER. Also see the High School/High Tech Program Manual. ODEP maintains a full list of FY 2003 grant opportunities on its Grants Web site: http://www.dol.gov/odep/programs/grants

DOL Announces Grant Solicitations Totaling $3.4 million for Transitioning and Mentoring Youth with Disabilities

Two solicitations to help mentor and successfully transition youth with disabilities to work were published in the June 16, 2003 Federal Register by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). ODEP is making available $3 million to award up to 6 competitive grants in the amount of approximately $500,000, with several goals: 1) assisting states in assessing youth services; 2) connecting schools and other youth-serving institutions with workplaces and other resources; and 3) creating a forum for building a system that better meets the transition needs of youth with disabilities and all stakeholders.

Another $450,000 will be available to fund three competitive grants up to $150,000, to organizations that will facilitate delivery of mentoring activities through faith-based and community organizations to promote positive employment and transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. These latter grants are made by ODEP in collaboration with the Department’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Applications and eligibility information for each grant is available in the Federal Register. Contact: www.dol.gov/odep.



Department Issues Interim Final Rule Implementing Jobs for Veterans Act

The President signed the Jobs for Veterans Act (Pub. L. 107-288) into law on November 7, 2002. The statute amends title 38 of the United States Code to revise and improve employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans. This rule implements the provisions of 38 U.S.C. 4102A(c) as amended by section 4 of the Act that establishes a new funding formula for making funds available to each State, with an approved State plan, to support the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) program. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-16481.pdf

BLS Seeks Comments on "Displaced Workers, Job Tenure, and Occupational Mobility" Information Collection

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsors the January 2004 Current Population Survey (CPS) supplement concerning Displaced Workers, Job Tenure, and Occupational Mobility. The supplement was previously conducted in conjunction with the January 2002 CPS. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is seeking reinstatement, without change, of this collection (OMB Number: 1220-0104). Comments are due by August 29. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-16419.pdf