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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 33

For the week ending August 29, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)



Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 32-02

Subject: Preliminary Estimates of Calendar Year (CY) 2003 Average Employer Contribution Rates

Purpose: To transmit estimated employer contribution rates for CY 2003. Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1505

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 33-03

Subject: Questions and Answers About Implementation of the Advance Health Coverage Tax Credit

Purpose: To respond to state workforce agencies’ questions about their responsibilities for the advance Health Coverage Tax Credit

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1507


Technical Assistance and Training

Workforce Tools of the Trade

Workforce Tools of the Trade, which fosters the professional growth of those in the workforce development field, recently launched the "Acronym Glossary" and the response has been overwhelming. In addition to defining common workforce acronyms, hyperlinks to specific web sites provide users even more information. For example, "PRA – Personal Reemployment Account" is hyperlinked directly to the DOL ETA web page which explains this initiative. The Acronym Glossary appears to be just the kind of ‘tool’ the system wants. Contact: http://workforcetools.org


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events



National Emergency Grants

Texas: DOL has announced a National Emergency Grant of $6.8 million that will aid 663 military spouses and 200 civilian Department of Defense personnel who qualify as dislocated workers. An initial amount of $1 million will be awarded immediately. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003457.htm

Montana: DOL has announced a National Emergency Grant of up to $1.5 million to aid approximately 247 workers who were laid off from Touch America in Butte and Missoula, Montana. An initial amount of nearly $386,000 will be awarded immediately. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003458.htm

Appointments to Native American Employment and Training Council

Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has announced the appointment of 18 members to the Native American Employment and Training Council. The Council's first 2003 meeting will be held Sept. 9th at 9 a.m. at the Department of Labor (Frances Perkins Building).
For a list of Council members and terms of service contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/whatsnew/eta_default.cfm#1059