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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 26

For the week ending July 11, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)

Training and Technical Assistance

Data Validation Regional Training Sessions

The Performance and Results Office (PRO) is coordinating trainings on data validation to be held in every region during the summer of 2003.  The sessions will be conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and are intended to train state representatives on the data validation process.  The first regional training was held in Atlanta on June 17th and 18th and the following trainings have been scheduled:

Data Validation trainings will also be held in the Philadelphia and Boston/Kansas City Regions.
Contact: Gail Eulenstein (eulenstein.gail@dol.gov; 202-693-3013)


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

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



WIA Incentive Grants

On June 30th, incentive grants were awarded to 16 states (CO, FL, IL, KY, LA, MD, MT, ND, NE, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, WA, and WY). These states exceeded performance goals under WIA title IB, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. The amount of the awards ranged from $750,000 to $3 million, depending on the relative share of funding allocated to the state under each program. Project summaries will be posted on the Internet at www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/performance by mid-July.

Performance and Results Portal

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has introduced a Performance and Results portal. This Web page focuses on the performance outcomes of the various ETA workforce programs. In the coming months, the agency will be adding resources and information that will support the development of a workforce system that is outcome focused and results oriented.

The current page features:

WIA State Annual Reports

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/performance/

PEPNet (Promising and Effective Practices Network) Recognition

Thirty youth programs were nominated this year for PEPNet recognition for effective practice in youth employment and development. The awards ceremony will be held September 18, 2003 in the Department of Labor Auditorium. OPDER has requested that ETA’s regional offices, the National Office of Job Corps, the Office of Youth Services, and the Special Programs Services Unit in the Office of Administration and Management vet the nominated programs. The completed findings will be forwarded to the Assistant Secretary for decisions.

Contact: Nancy Rose (rose.nancy@dol.gov; 202-693-3653)

United States-European Union (EU) Seminar

A joint session on employment and training issues was held July 1 in Washington, D.C. A mix of business, workforce agency administrators, labor, associations, and ETA, ILAB, and EU delegates attended. The seminar provided an opportunity to share knowledge about the challenges of building a demand-driven workforce investment system, and identifying the practices. ETA expects to publish the US and EU papers that were presented at the seminar, along with a summary of the dialogue provided by the seminar’s discussants, panelists, and participants. Contacts: Janet Javar (javar.janet@dol.gov; 202-693-3677) or Wayne Gordon (gordon.wayne@dol.gov; 202-693-3179)

US-EU Working Group

The group on Employment and Labor Related Issues met July 2 in the Frances Perkins Building. EU Director Antonis Kastrissiankis, ILAB Deputy Director Arnold Levine, EU delegates and ETA and other DOL agencies, including: Assitant Secretary for Policy (ASP), ILAB, Office of the Deputy Secretary (ODEP), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A summary of the US-EU Seminar and a presentation on Project GATE were made by OPDER staff at this working group meeting. Other topics of interest included a summary of recent policy development presented by EU and ASP staff, and potential future collaboration with EU on the topics of the resilience of labor markets, evaluation methodology, integrating immigrants into the workforce, and microenterprise initiatives. Contacts: Janet Javar (javar.janet@dol.gov; 202-693-3677) or Wayne Gordon (gordon.wayne@dol.gov; 202-693-3179)

Quarterly Review of Program Results

PRO distributed the Quarterly Review of Program Results for the quarter ending March 31, 2003 to program and regional offices. Contact: Amanda Ahlstrand (ahlstrand.amanda@dol.gov; 202-693-3052)

General Accounting Office Study of Community College Involvement in Workforce Development Activities

The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) is initiating a study of community college involvement in workforce development activities, and how these activities fit with overall state and national workforce development efforts and goals. GAO’s objectives are to determine: (1) to what extent are post-secondary institutions involved in local workforce development efforts; (2) how do the workforce development efforts at these institutions complement state and national efforts to better certify workers; and (3) to what extent do federal programs help local workforce development efforts. A Congressional request may be forthcoming. Education, Workforce and Income Security staff will conduct the work. They anticipate doing work at the Employment and Training Administration and the Office of the 21st Century Workforce as well as at a number of community colleges to be selected during the design phase of the study. The Office of Policy Development and Research (OPDER) has the lead on this study. An entrance conference was held Thursday, July 10, at 2:00 pm; the location. Contact: Amanda Ahlstrand (ahlstrand.amanda@dol.gov; 202-693-3052)

General Accounting Office Study of the Employment Status of H-1B Foreign Workers in the United States

At the request of Representatives James Barcia and Lynn Rivers, the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) initiated a study of the employment status of H-1B foreign workers in the United States. GAO’s objectives were to determine: 1) how many H-1B workers in the information technology sector lost their jobs due to the economic downturn and how this compares with U.S. worker job loss in the industry; 2) how many H-1B workers who lost their jobs are in the U.S. looking for new positions and how many have left the U.S.; and 3) what efforts employers are making to fill high-skill positions with U.S. workers. Education, Workforce and Income Security staff conducted the work. They conducted doing work at the Employment and Training Administration. ETA had the lead on this study. An exit conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15, at 10:00 am in S-2322.
Contact: Amanda Ahlstrand (ahlstrand.amanda@dol.gov; 202-693-3052)