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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 46

For the week ending December 5, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Notice No. 11-03

Subject: Implementation of the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor Memorandum of Understanding

Purpose: To inform the workforce investment system of the implementation of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Labor (DOL) Memorandum of Understanding.
Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1533


Training and Technical Assistance

New Directors Training Session for Indian and Native American Grantees

A New Directors Training Session for WIA Section 166 (Indian and Native American) grantees is scheduled for December 8-11 at the Savoy Hotel in San Francisco. The training schedule will include: Regulations/Bulletins; Grant Process (Designation); Comprehensive Service Program (CSP)/Supplemental Youth Services planning processes; performance measures; reporting; MOU/One-Stop; and participant processes (e.g., eligibility, certification, management information systems). An overview of management issues with a concentration on financial management will also be presented. Breakout sessions will identify specific technical assistance needs. Each attendee will be requested to complete an assessment of its program(s) and submit its CSP and most recent report on activities to date for PY 03. The session is coordinated under a technical assistance and training grant administered by the California Indian Manpower Consortium.
Contact: Athena Brown (202-693-3737; brown.athena@dol.gov)

Regional Native American Employment and Training Conference

The Annual West Regional Native American Employment and Training Conference will be held in Reno/Sparks, Nevada on January 26-30. Key topics include WIA reauthorization, implementation of OMB common measures and data validation, workshops for new directors, case management, management information systems/intake, BearTracks financial and program on-line reporting, and youth initiatives. It is expected that 100-150 representatives from tribes, non-profits organizations and consortiums serving Native Americans throughout the west will attend.
Contact: Athena Brown (202-693-3737; brown.athena@dol.gov)

H-1B Grantees Conference

The H-1B All Grantees Conference was held Tuesday, December 2 4 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The audience of approximately 300 grantees heard, through plenary sessions and workshops, details about the strategic goals of ETA to become a more demand-driven system, and how high performance project implementation and outcomes of the H-1B program are critical not only to ETAs achievement of its goals but to the success of H-1B grantees and the businesses and project participants they serve. Business, state and local conferees shared their H-1B triumphs as well as voice their concerns throughout the conference. Attendees also participated in a special electronic polling session. The H-1B team also convened a 1-day administrative and technical assistance session with grantees.
Contact: Mindy Feldbaum (202-693-3382; feldbaum.mindy@dol.gov)


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events



National Emergency Grants (NEG)

Contact: Doug Small (202-693-3095; small.douglas@dol.gov)

Apprenticeship training model in long-term care

OATELS met with staff from the Health and Human Services (HHS)/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on November 19. The discussion focused on ways to work together to institute the apprenticeship training model in long-term care and on joint demonstration projects. OATELS will have additional meetings with targeted agencies within HHS to implement apprenticeship. Contact: Laura Ginsburg (202-693-2803; ginsburg.laura@dol.gov)

Return on Investment (ROI) Workshop

OATELS staff representatives attended the Return on Investment (ROI) workshop in Gulfport, Mississippi, November 5-7. The workshop was held for about 40 individuals from all sectors of industry, including government. The workshop provided the opportunity to examine the ROI concept and the feasibility of using processes to assess the value of private and public training programs. Attendees were primarily interested in applying ROI to OATELS business practices and being able to demonstrate the monetary and impact value of Registered Apprenticeship as it relates to the different types of training and Human Resource programs in the private and public sectors today. In short, ROI can be a key factor in how we improve business practices since it allows for before and after evaluations of programs and key processes. Contact: Joseph Jenkins (202-693-3813; jenkins.joseph@dol.gov)