Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 2, Number 41
For the week ending October 31, 2003
(For Internal Use Only)
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
November 6 - National Association of Counties' Health, Human Services and Workforce Conference, Miami, FL. Contact: Amanda Clark (202-661-8804; firstname.lastname@example.org) or http://www.naco.org
December 8-10 National
Emergency Grants Training - Atlanta, GA
Contact: Lori McConnell (693-2773; email@example.com)
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: (firstname.lastname@example.org; 404-562 2119)
National Office Contact: Doris Rippey (202-693-2922; email@example.com)
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:
List of state recipients: http://www.hud.gov/news/fss03bystate.pdf
National Emergency Grants
Idaho. Approved for up to $998,664, with $332,888 released initially, to provide employment transition for approximately 85 workers dislocated from Moore North America, Inc., in Jerome, Idaho and the surrounding area.
North Carolina. Approved for up to $10,000,000, with $3,300,000 released initially, to create approximately 2,000 temporary jobs to assist in the clean-up and recovery efforts subsequent to Hurricane Isabel, which affected the coastal and inland areas of North Carolina on September 18, 2003.
System Building NEG. New York was approved for NEG funding of $214,425 to develop an infrastructure to make health insurance benefits available for eligible individuals and to certify individuals potentially eligible for the health coverage tax credit.
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.
Three papers were posted to ETA’s Occasional Paper Series Website:
2003-06: A Compilation of Selected Papers from the Employment and Training Administration’s 2003 Biennial National Research Conference;
2003-07: Exemplary Practices in High-Skill-U.S. Department of Labor H-1B Training Programs; and
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; firstname.lastname@example.org)