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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 40

For the week ending October 17, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)



Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


State Plans

Kansas Workforce Development Revolving Loan Program

Kansas has submitted a response to our letter of July 8, 2003, in which we disapproved that part of its modification request related to use of WIA funds for the Kansas Workforce Development Loan Program. In ETA's July 8 letter we identified the additional information required for ETA to reconsider its position on the Loan Program, and Kansas has responded to this request. The threshold legal question is how expenditures from the fund must be treated. In the Loan Program, is it allowable for the state to record WIA funds as an expenditure upon transfer to the Loan Program or is the state required to record funds as an expenditure when they are actually paid out for tuition, books, or related training expenses? Once the legal question is answered, ETA will analyze the policy implications and make a decision on whether treating the transfer of WIA funds to a state loan fund as an expenditure would establish an undesirable precedent and new option regarding the expenditure of WIA funds.
Contact: Dick Ensor (202-693-2792; ensor.richard@dol.gov)



The LMI Training Institute is currently accepting applications from collaborative partnerships of local WIBs and state LMI shops for funding to implement a marketing pilot designed to use LMI as a tool to build local level brand awareness and target business customers.

Applications from prospective WIB and LMI partnerships are being accepted by the Institute through 11/28/03, with the pilot scheduled to begin in January 2004. The pilot will assist awardees in developing and implementing a variety of marketing tactics including an online LMI newsletter and using local LMI to leverage resources.

Contact: Michelyn Burke-Lee (202-693-2782; burke-lee.michelyn@dol.gov) or go to www.lmi-net.org for pilot details and application.



General Accounting Office Studies

On the initiative of the Comptroller General, GAO is initiating a study of how the workforce investment system is meeting employer needs (Job Code 130322). GAOs objectives are to address: 1) how Labor and the boards have encouraged awareness of the public workforce investment system and the services they provide to businesses; 2) the extent to which private sector employers are engaged in the workforce investment system through their representatives on the boards, or by accessing one-stop services and what factors influence employer involvement; and 3) what is known about the effectiveness of services provided to employers, including information on what states and local areas are doing to gauge their success in serving employers. Education, Workforce and Income Security staff will conduct the work and plans to start this work immediately.

At the request of the Senate Committee on Finance, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, and Congressman Benjamin Cardin, GAO is initiating a study of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program that assists older foster care youth transition to self-sufficiency (Job Code 130300). Their objectives are to determine: 1) to what extent states have expanded services and the numbers of youth served as a result of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999; 2) what actions states have taken to coordinate their independent living programs with other federal and state programs for youth and what has been the result; and 3) what actions Health and Human Services and the states have taken to fulfill the accountability provisions of the law and assess the effectiveness of independent living services. Education, Workforce, and Income Security staff will conduct the work and plans to start immediately. ETA will be the lead agency, and the Office of Workforce Investment will be the lead office for this study.

At the request of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), ranking minority member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, GAO initiated a study on employment and training programs funded through employer taxes (Job Code 130232). GAOs objectives were to determine: 1) how many states fund employment and training programs through specific employer taxes and how these programs operate; 2) what is known about the impact of these state programs on workers and businesses; and 3) to what extent these state employment and training programs are coordinated with federal workforce initiatives. Education, Workforce and Income Security staff conducted the work. An exit conference is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, at 3:30 in room C-5309. Contact for GAO: Sherri Spencer (202-693-2772; spencer.sherri@dol.gov)

National Emergency Grant-North Carolina

ETA announced a National Emergency Grant totaling $10 million to create 2,000 temporary jobs for cleanup and restoration efforts taking place as a result of damages caused by Hurricane Isabel. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA2003572.htm or George Shepard (202-693-3572; shepard.george@dol.gov)

ETA Releases a Snapshot of the Public Workforce System's Performance Information

The Employment and Training Administration has prepared a review of the public workforce system's performance information as of June 30, 2003. The review offers a snapshot of the results of our programs and their progress in achieving goals of helping people find jobs and connecting workers to employers. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/performance/Edition_5_6-30-03.pdf

Federal Research and Evaluation Database (FRED)

The Federal Research and Evaluation Database (FRED) enables analysis of the Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data (WIASRD), which is data annually submitted by states on WIA exiters' demographic characteristics, the services they received, and the outcomes they achieved after exit. FRED currently contains information on exiters who left WIA by June 30, 2001 and June 30, 2002.
Contact: http://www.fred-info.org/

Promising Practices website

The Promising Practices website was developed for all local, state, federal and private sector partners involved in the One-Stop delivery system. The site offers many interactive functions -- a chat room, team room, bulletin board, and user feedback -- and allows visitors to search for promising practices and documents by a number of variables. Contact: www.promising-practices.org