Logo saying America's workforce network with American flag

Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 41

For the week ending October 31, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)



Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


State Plans

Alabama's Modification

On Oct. 22, Alabama withdrew their WIA State plan modification (received by DOL August 5). Alabama had submitted it before TEGL 5-03 on Implementing the Veterans' Priority Provisions of the "Jobs for Veterans Act" was issued; therefore, the portions of the modification addressing veterans' priority of service were incorrect. Alabama chose to withdraw their modification to rewrite it following the guidance ETA had issued.
Regional Office Contact: (lundy.linda@dol.gov; 404-562 2119)
National Office Contact: Doris Rippey (202-693-2922; rippey.doris@dol.gov)



HUD Grants for Housing Authorities for Use in Job Training and Placement of Low-Income Citizens

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced $47,688,000 in grants to 771 housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico that will be used for job training and placement for low-income citizens.

HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (HCV/FSS) Program provides funds to public housing agencies specifically for the employment of family self-sufficiency coordinators. The FSS coordinators assist adults in job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement programs.

Participants in the job preparedness program, some of whom are on welfare, sign a contract that stipulates the head of the household will get a job and the family will become self-sufficient within five years. While enrolled in the program, as a family’s income rises, a third of that income goes to an interest-bearing escrow account.

If a family fulfills the contract requiring employment and independence from welfare, they can use the escrow account for down payment on a home purchase, starting a business, paying back debts and paying educational expenses. If a family fails to fulfill the contract, they do not get the funds in the escrow account and may be terminated from the FSS Program. Contact: http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr03-112.cfm
List of state recipients: http://www.hud.gov/news/fss03bystate.pdf



National Emergency Grants

Civil Rights Center (CRC) Disability Reviews

CRC provided two and half days of training, with the assistance of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and ETA, for One-Stop Center staff and Equal Opportunity Officers in both New York City and Miami, covering the Disability Checklist and disability issues. Subsequent to the training sessions, CRC completed a two-week technical assistance review in each city, using the WIA Section 188 Disability Checklist, developed by CRC in cooperation with ODEP. CRC issued final reports to both Florida and New York State on September 30, 2003, and each report identified areas of non-compliance with recommendations for achieving voluntary compliance. Each state has until March 30, 2004, to achieve voluntary compliance and is required to submit to CRC documentation demonstrating what actions have been taken to secure compliance by this date.

CRC plans to replicate the training and review performed in Miami and NYC in other cities. In FY’ 04, training is scheduled for January 13-15, 2004, for Los Angeles, and sometime in March 2004 for Houston. Reviews will be conducted later, but not before September 2004. Contact: CRC has posted the WIA Section 188 Disability Checklist on its Web site at http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/crcwelcome.htm and is encouraging states and local areas to use the Checklist to assess their compliance with Section 188 with regard to services to people with disabilities.

Occasional Papers

Three papers were posted to ETA’s Occasional Paper Series Website:

  1. 2003-06: A Compilation of Selected Papers from the Employment and Training Administration’s 2003 Biennial National Research Conference;

  2. 2003-07: Exemplary Practices in High-Skill-U.S. Department of Labor H-1B Training Programs; and

  3. 2003-08: Creating Partnerships for Workforce Investment: How Services Are Provided Under WIA.

These papers will also be published as part of the ETA Occasional Paper Series. Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/pwsdrr/ETA_occasional.cfm.

General Accounting Office

The Office of National Response was contacted by the chief reviewer for the GAO study of the National Emergency Grants to request a preliminary briefing on the results of the National Emergency Grants study. While the report of the study was originally scheduled for draft/release in March 2004, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has asked for the report during the first week of November 2003. The Department will be given a very short turnaround time for providing comments.

GAO submitted a 40-page final report entitled "The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act: Revising the Act and Educational Materials Could Clarify Employer Responsibilities and Employee Rights" (GAO-03-1003– Job Code 130210). GAO incorporated most of ETA's technical comments in this final report, and summarized, on page 20, actions ETA has already taken in response to GAO's recommendation. There is one recommendation on page 19. As with any final GAO report that includes recommendations, ETA needs to write letters describing corrective actions planned or taken, addressed to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, the House Committee on Government Reform, and the Director of OMB. A cover letter to GAO transmitting copies of these three letters should also be included in this package. A draft response is due to PRO by Friday, November 21.
Contact for GAO: Sherri Spencer (202-693-2772; spencer.sherri@dol.gov)