Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 2, Number 28
For the week ending July 25, 2003
(For Internal Use Only)
Training and Technical Assistance
Multi-Regional Native American Employment and Training Conference
The 2003 Annual East/Midwest Multi-Regional Native American Employment and Training Conference will be held at the New Orleans Marriott from September 22-26. Key topics include WIA Reauthorization, Implementation of OMB Common Measures/Data Validation, case management, management information systems/intake, BearTracks financial and program on-line reporting, and youth initiatives. There will also be workshops for new Directors. Over 300-400 attendees from tribes, non-profit organizations and consortia serving Native Americans throughout the Midwest and East are expected to attend. Contact: Athena Brown (202-693-3737; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
Modification of Nebraska's State Plan
Nebraska has submited a request to revise its Stand-Alone Plan.
Regional Office Contact: Hal Tyson (email@example.com; 816-502-9032)
National Office Contact: Dick Ensor (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-693-2792)
Disability Program Navigator Initiative
A State Project Director’s meeting for the Disability Program Navigator initiative will be held on August 4 and 5 in Washington, D.C., to establish training and evaluation plans and provide orientation on the scope and vision of this project. Contact: Alex Kielty (202-693-3730; email@example.com)
Disability Program Navigator Grants
Recently ETA and the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced their joint collaboration to support a new position, the Disability Program Navigator, in One-Stop Career Centers as part of a pilot demonstration initiative. ONP’s Division of Disability and Workforce Programs, with input from SSA, entered into grant agreements totaling $6 million with 14 states where SSA is already piloting employment support initiatives: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin. These grant funds will support approximately 110 Disability Program Navigators across the 14 states for a two year period. The first Navigators are expected to be hired at the state or local level within the next few months. ETA and SSA plan ongoing technical assistance for this systems-changing project, including a state project directors meeting in the first week of August, and a three-day Navigator Training Conference in early November. Contact: Alex Kielty (202-693-3730; firstname.lastname@example.org)
National Emergency Grant (NEG) End-of-Year Summary
During Program Year 2002, a total of 129 National Emergency Grants were awarded in excess of $256 million. Of the 129 grants funded, 56 were in response to natural disasters, September 11, 2001 related activities, and Trade Adjustment Assistance dual enrollment requests. The balance (73) was in response to layoffs triggered by general economic decline experienced by multiple companies in a variety of industries, nationwide. The number of grants funded for PY 2002 represents an increase of more than 50 percent compared to PY 2001 (84 grants).
National Emergency Grants (NEG)
Kentucky. Approved for up to $2,372,200, of which $948,722 will be released initially to assist approximately 1,569 workers affected by multiple plant closures and mass layoffs at Dupont Dow, Bank of Louisville, Jacobson’s, JC Penney, Target Stores, Carbide/Graphite, Tyco Plastics, Dilliard’s, Earthgrains, and Vermont American, in the greater Louisville Kentucky area.
Micronesia. Approved for up to $2,350,000, with $1,150,000 awarded initially, to provide approximately 2,025 temporary jobs to assist in clean-up and restoration activities as a result of the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Pongsona.
Ohio. The Department of Labor is announcing the approval of an emergency grant of up to $4,481,076, with $1,500,000 released initially, to create approximately 261 temporary jobs to assist in clean-up and recovery efforts subsequent to the severe winter storm that affected the State.
Oklahoma. Approved $508,230 to provide employment transition assistance for approximately 165 of an estimated 199 workers affected by the closure of the V.F. Jeanswear/Wrangler plant in Okemah and 65 workers dislocated from the V.F. Jeanswear/Wrangler plant in Seminole, Oklahoma. Approved up to $2,000,000, with $1,000,000 released initially, to create approximately 500 temporary jobs to assist in clean-up and restoration activities in counties declared by FEMA as eligible for public assistance, following the devastating tornados and severe storms that hit the Oklahoma area.
Kansas. Approved for up to $730,965, with an initial award of $275,284, in national emergency grant funds for the State of Kansas to provide employment related assistance to 175 dislocated farmers and ranchers.
Massachusetts. Approved for up to $1,315,000, with $438,333 released initially, to assist approximately 200 of the 591 workers affected by the closure of the A-Plus Manufacturing facility in North Andover.
New Hampshire. Approved for up to $1,085,740, with $470,403 released initially, to assist approximately 250 workers affected by layoffs from Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Aprisma Software, Great Plains Business, Samnina, Verizon and Nortel Networks.
South Dakota. Approved up to $455,775, with $260,000 released initially, to provide transition assistance to approximately 175 workers who lost their jobs from the Call Center Industry. Approved $1,019,800 to supplement earlier awards totaling more than $1.7 million to provide transition assistance for 300 workers dislocated from Gateway Corporation.
System Building NEGs. Michigan was approved for $128,384 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. Utah has been approved for $721,415 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.