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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 2

For the week ending December 26, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)



Technical Assistant & Training

Introduction to Economic Development for Workforce System Leaders

The Workforce Excellence Network (WEN) has developed a one-day course on economic development for workforce board members and staff professionals. Developed by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and ACCRA, this course provides a framework for translating questions into knowledge, and knowledge into practice.

The course consists of three, two-hour modules that increase awareness about economic development factors, activities, and resources and provide insights for partnering with economic development entities on workforce issues.

This course targets the membership of local and State Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs). It may be appropriate for key staff from the WIB, as well as local economic development representatives, to also attend.

Experts in the fields of economic and workforce development, and whom NAWB and the course developers have certified, deliver the "Introduction to Economic Development" course.

The cost for trainings depends on the sponsoring organizations membership status with the National Association of Workforce Boards or the National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs, the size of the training, the number of trainings ordered, and other factors.

Contact: Scott Cheney at 202-775-0960, ext. 104, or via e-mail at cheneys@nawb.org.


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


State Plans


Maryland has submitted a modification to its State Unified plan. The modification addresses the following issues: Incorporation of the WIA requirements for Grievance Procedures, Complaints, and State Appeals Processes. Regional Contact: Linda Alvia (215) 861-5227 or avila.linda@dol.gov). National Office Contact: Octavia Shulman 202-693-3185; shulman.octavia@dol.gov)


Mississippi has submitted a modification to its Stand-Alone Plan. The modification addresses the following issues: Approved performance goals for PY 2003 and 2004, Performance improvement plan to address the older youth credential rate measure, and Updated signatory and liaison information. Regional Contact: Rosa Crowley (crowley.rosa@dol.gov; 404-562-2119). National Office Contact: Sean Kelly (kelly.sean@dol.gov; 202-693-3994)



HUD Announces $54 Million To Train Young People and Expand Affordable Housing

Thousands of young people who have not completed or who are at-risk of dropping out of high school will get a second chance to graduate while beginning a possible career in the construction trades because of nearly $54 million in grants announced by Housing and Urban Development. The grants are part of HUD's Youthbuild Program to provide job training, leadership skills and academic schooling to an estimated 3,300 low-income young people. These grants will also help build and rehabilitate more than 1,700 affordable housing units for lower income families Contact: http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr03-142.cfm



Report on Performance and Accountability

For a copy of the Department of Laborís Fiscal Year 2003 Report on Performance and Accountability, contact: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/reports/annual2003/

Internet Unemployment Insurance Claims

Over the past five years, 33 State Workforce Agencies have implemented systems which allow unemployed workers to file their initial unemployment insurance claim over the Internet. In addition to providing unemployed workers with extended hours of access, these systems have reduced administrative costs and provided a more convenient service method for unemployed workers to file an unemployment insurance initial claim. Policymakers chose to evaluate state Internet UI claim filing systems, with a focus on service delivery, security, fraud and abuse controls, and cost effectiveness.

The Final Report ("Internet Initial Claims Evaluation") and Executive Summary commissioned by ETA are now available for access within the agencyís Occasional Paper Series. Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/owsdrr/ETA_occasional.cfm.

New Features for America's Career InfoNet

America's Career InfoNet has added some new features, functionality and updates:

Contact: www. acinet.org