Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 2, Number 36
For the week ending September 26, 2003
(For Internal Use Only)
Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 5-03
Subject: Implementing the Veterans Priority Provisions of the "Jobs for Veterans Act" (PL 107-288)
Purpose: To inform states and other Department of Labor (DOL)-funded workforce investment system partners of the veterans priority provisions of the "Jobs for Veterans Act" and to provide general guidance as to the implementation of these provisions.
Training and Technical Assistance
The Office of Youth Services (OYS) offers technical assistance "tip sheets" for Youth Offender Grantees
Two of the tip sheets focus on: (1) Prevention and early intervention, and (2) Diversion and juvenile probation. Each 2-page tip sheet has sections covering: what it is, why itís important, and numerous best practices. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/Tech_assistance.cfm.
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
October 6-8 - Labor Market Institute Forum - St. Louis,
October 20-23 - Youth Opportunity Grants Directors Meeting -
Estes Park, CO
Contact: Beth Bienvenu at 202-693-2810
October 21-23 - UI Directorsí National Meeting
and Legal Issues Forum in Savannah, Georgia
October 23 Ė DOL and American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Awards, Washington D.C. Contact: Sahar Rais-Danai 202-693-3639 or http://www.aacc.nche.edu/
Alabama has submitted a request to revise its 5-year Strategic Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act. Regional Office Contact: Linda Lundy (404-562-2119; Lundy.Linda@dol.gov). National Office Contact: Doris Rippey (202-693-2922; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oklahoma has submitted a request to modify its 5-Year Strategic Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act. Regional Contact: James Howard (214-767-2154; email@example.com) or National Office Contact: Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; firstname.lastname@example.org)
North Dakota has submitted a request to revise its 5-Year Strategic Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act. Regional Office Contact: Alfonso Fuentes (214-767-2154; email@example.com) or National Office Contact: Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Disability Program Navigator initiative
Assistant Secretary DeRocco and Martin Gerry, Deputy Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner for Disability and Income Security Programs, met on September 15 to discuss plans for Year Two and sustainability of the Disability Program Navigator initiative, among a number of other issues impacting SSI and SSDI recipients and the Workforce Investment Act system. The SSA will be providing ETA with $6 million through an Interagency Agreement to support second year funding of over 100 Year One Navigators and an additional 80-100 Navigators in Year Two. ETA will provide a match of $6 million in PY 2003 for a total of $12 million directed to capacity building of the workforce investment system related to disability issues and comprehensive services to One-Stop career center customers with disabilities. Fourteen states (VT, MA, NY, DE, MD, FL, SC, OK, CO, WI, IL, WI, AZ, and CA) were provided Navigator grants in June 2003, and are in the process of hiring and establishing Navigator positions in many of their centers. Contact: Alexandra Kielty (202-693-3730; email@example.com)
HUD-DOL Partners Powers Access to Job Resources
HUD and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to link HUD's Neighborhood Networks centers directly to DOL's One-Stop Centers. Improving access to One-Stop Centers will enhance residents' employment and training resources and opportunities. For DOL, this partnership will both increase public awareness of One-Stop programs and expand One-Stop outreach to more people with barriers to employment.
HUD and DOL have developed an Internet link that will take Neighborhood Networks center computers directly to a personalized One-Stop Career Web site, where residents will find information on the closest One-Stop Center, as well as the availability of public transportation, center hours, and the resources available at the center.
Making One-Stop and Neighborhood Networks center staffs more aware of each other's programs is another HUD-DOL goal. The plan is for each Neighborhood Networks center to work directly with its nearby One-Stop Center and jointly develop employment services that best meet residents' needs. Contacts: http://www.hud.gov:80/offices/hsg/mfh/nnw/nnwnew_1167.cfm or DOLís Toll-Free Help Line 1-877-US2JOBS or HUD at 202-708-1112
Trust Fund Loans
States Borrowing from the Federal Unemployment Account. Minnesota, New York, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, and Illinois have authorizations to borrow from the Federal Unemployment Account through September. Outstanding loans, as of September 17, are:
Minnesota $106,226,996 New York $334,048,735 Texas $252,212,661 Missouri $ 38,037,525 North Carolina $ 22,897,423 Illinois $114,575,992
Extended Benefits/Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation.
States Currently on Extended Benefits (EB). Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Michigan, and North Carolina are currently triggered "on" to EB and TEUC-X.
Contact: Ron Wilus (202-693-2931; firstname.lastname@example.org)