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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 36

For the week ending September 26, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


Policy

Directive

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.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1512

 

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

 

State Plans

Alabama

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; rippey.doris@dol.gov)

Oklahoma

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; howard.james@dol.gov) or National Office Contact: Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; lloyd.valerie@dol.gov)

North Dakota

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; fuentes.alfonso@dol.gov) or National Office Contact: Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; lloyd.valerie@dol.gov)

 

Partners

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; kielty.alexandra@dol.gov)

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

 

Miscellaneous

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; wilus.ron@dol.gov)