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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 27

For the week ending July 18, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)

Training and Technical Assistance

LMI@Work Debuts - Web-enabled Training Course Assists Workforce Professional in Accessing Labor Market Information

The LMI@Work is a web-enabled training course is designed for workforce professionals who want to utilize the system's vast array of data, labor market, and workforce information to enhance customer service. The course was developed under the auspices of the Center for Employment Security Education and Research (CESER). To review the syllabus and/or to immediate begin the course, visit the Web page of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (http://www.naswa.org/) and select the menu offering under "National Headlines."


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events



Departments of Labor and Defense Partner to Support Military Families

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) July 11 to promote cooperative efforts between the departments to improve the quality of life of service members and their families, and to contribute to the quality of the American labor force.

The MOU provides a framework for a broad range of continuing efforts between the departments including three important areas: (1) Connections to the job markets in Americaís communities; (2) Involvement with labor laws that affect reemployment (i.e., training, unemployment compensation); and (3) Interest in statesí reciprocal licensing and certification requirements needed to qualify for employment.

The agreement will help military spouses establish careers despite having to transition among job markets due to frequent relocations. It will also strengthen the DoLís efforts to support returning reservistsí job searches, employ Americaís Job Bank to recruit for military jobs, expand DoLís employment infra-structure to support military spouse employment, and encourage corporate America to hire returning reservists and military spouses.

Examples of the collaboration between DoD and DoL include: establishing One-Stop Career Centers near major military installations (Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; Fort Campbell, Ky.), expanding opportunities for reservists and military spouses to access training and education grants, exploring options with states to offer unemployment compensation to military spouses, working across states to improve reciprocity for state certifications and licensing requirements to reduce employment lags, and targeting unemployment by establishing a military spouse unemployment index. Contacts: Lt. Col. Cynthia Colin at (703) 697-5134 or Elissa Pruett (202) 693-4681



ETA Awards Work Incentive Grants to 42 Organizations

The Employment and Training Administration has announced the award of $17,000,000 in Work Incentive Grants to 42 organizations. Contact: http://wdsc.doleta.gov/sga/awards/03-102award.asp

TSA Plans to Post Job Announcements for Part-Time Security Screeners

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has will begin recruiting more than 1,300 part-time federal security screeners at 30 airports. Over the next few days, TSA will post job announcements on its principal Web site for positions at select airports in several cities including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Denver, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, New Orleans, Seattle, and Anchorage. Candidates interested in working at specific airports are encouraged to complete a personal profile at TSA's recruitment Web site. Candidates then will be notified of future TSA job opportunities via email within 24 hours of the job being posted. In addition, candidates can contact Recruitment Services at 1-800-887-1895 or TTY 800-887-5506. Contact: http://tsacareers.recruitsoft.com/ or http://www.tsa.gov/public/