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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 31

For the week ending August 15, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)



Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 02-23 (TEGL Number correction)

Subject: Interim Operating Instructions for Implementing the Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) for Older Workers Program Established by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002.

Purpose: To transmit interim operating instructions for implementing the Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) for Older Workers Program established by the Trade Adjustment Assistance

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 31-03

Subject: OMB Approval of ET Forms 843 and 841 for the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service members (UCX) Program.

Purpose: To announce the extension of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of Forms ETA 843 and ETA 841, contained in ET Handbook No. 384, Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service members (UCX) Handbook.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1503

National Unemployment Insurance Tax Conference

OWS, in partnership with the State of Missouri, sponsored a National Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Conference in St. Louis, Missouri during August 5-8, 2003, to promote the sharing of information about new and ongoing state and national UI tax issues, programs, projects, and technology. Carl Camden, President and Chief Operating Officer of Kelly Services, Inc., gave the keynote address, entitled "One Company Says No to SUTA Dumping." The conference was attended by 155 individuals from state workforce agencies, the federal government, and private industry. Contact: Rhett Hensley (202-693-3203; ehensley@dol.gov)

2003 National Benefits Interstate Training Meeting

The state of Florida, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies are sponsoring the 2003 National Benefits Interstate Training Meeting in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida during September 2-5, 2003. This conference is designed to provide training and staff development on the on-going legal and procedural changes affecting the Interstate Benefits (IB) and Combined Wage Claim (CWC) programs; to promote cooperation among states and facilitate communication for improving the IB and CWC programs; and to provide training and clarify new procedures for UCFE and UCX data exchanges. Contact: Mary Montgomery (202-693-3217; montgomery.mary@dol.gov)


Training and Technical Assistance

Web cast: Effective Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the One-Stops and Workforce Development System

The Web cast will address the One-Stop system and efforts to improve access for people with disabilities to programs and services. The presenters will highlight new programs and grants, including the Department of Labor/Social Security Administration Disability Program Navigator, as well as findings from the first two years of Work Incentive Grants. The Web cast is scheduled for August 13 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern). Contacts:

Link to Web cast and accompanying materials - http://www.ilru.org/online/index.html

Technical Assistant FAQs on the Web cast - http://www.ilru.org/online/FAQ.html

You may also contact a Web cast team member at webcast@ilru.org or 713-520-0232 (v/tty).

Department Announces Availability of WIA Section 188 Checklist

The Department has developed a WIA Section 188 Disability Checklist to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity to persons with disabilities participating in programs and activities operated by Local Workforce Investment Area (LWIA) grant recipients that are part of the One-Stop delivery system. Developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Civil Rights Center (CRC) in cooperation with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the checklist includes examples of policies, procedures and other recommended steps that recipients of WIA financial assistance may follow to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities. Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) spells out the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity obligations of WIA service providers and covers various categories of individuals, including those with disabilities. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/section188.htm


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events



HHS Announces FY 2003 Funding to Assist Refugees and Asylees; Technical Assistance for Employment Services and ESL among the Emphases

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Department of Health and Human Service is inviting eligible entities to submit competitive applications for cooperative agreements to provide technical assistance to agencies that serve in the following first seven program areas:

Eligible applicants for all program areas are public and private non-profit organizations. Faith-based and community organizations are eligible to apply for these funds. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-20261.pdf



National Emergency Grants to Aid Laid-Off Workers in Wisconsin

DOL announced a National Emergency Grant of up to $4,126,936 to aid approximately 1,000 workers who were laid off from 12 companies in South Central Wisconsin. The grant will help workers dislocated from: CUNA & Affiliates/CUNA Mutual; Eldon Office Products; En Chem; Humana, Inc.; Johnson Controls; J-Star; Kmart; Kohl`s Food Stores; Mayville Engineering Company; Nestles Purina PetCare/Friskies; Planar, and TAB Products.
DOL announced a National Emergency Grant of $882,130 to aid about 655 workers who were laid off from four companies in the Green Bay area. The grant will help workers dislocated from Agrilink, American La France, Kohler Corporation, and Palmer Johnson. Contact: George Shephard (202-693-3572; shephard.george@dol.gov)

Labor Department Awards $8.5 Million to Improve Remote Access to State Unemployment Systems

DOL announced $8.5 million in grants to 12 states to provide employers and unemployed workers remote access to unemployment insurance services.
Funds were awarded to state workforce agencies that submitted proposals to implement systems supporting Internet and telephone initial claims and Internet access for employer registration and tax and wage reporting. The grants, being awarded for the eighth year, are capped at $1 million for telephone initial claims systems and $500,000 for Internet systems.

Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003418.htm