Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 3, Number 3
For the week ending January 23, 2004
(For Internal Use Only)
Technical Assistant & Training
The Welfare Information Network/Finance Project has published its "Promoting Employer Practices That Increase Retention and Advancement" on its website The Business Relations Group and the agency’s E3 strategy are mentioned in the Innovative Projects section of the paper. Contact: http://www.financeprojectinfo.org/Publications/promotingemployerpracticesIN.htm
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
January 26-30 -
Annual West Regional Native American Employment and Training Conference, Reno/Sparks, NV
Contact: Athena Brown (202-693-373; email@example.com)
Job Shadowing 2004 Launches on February 2; Poll Discloses Narrow Career Choices of Teens; Career Voyages Emphasizes "New and Emerging Careers".
Kicking off on Groundhog Day, February 2, 2004, more than one million young people will have a chance to explore their futures when they "shadow" workplace mentors as part of the seventh annual Job Shadow Day initiative. National job shadowing is a coordinated effort of Junior Achievement, America`s Promise - The Alliance for Youth, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Monster, News Corporation, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association are the major co-sponsors. Job shadowing is a yearlong national effort to enrich the lives of students by acquainting them with the world of work through on-the-job experiences and a carefully crafted school curriculum that ties academics to the workplace. The effort helps young people understand how what they learn in the classroom leads to success in the workplace. Contact: http://www.jobshadow.org
Career Voyages Website
The Department's new Web site -- Career Voyages -- allows young people to chart a career journey through the choice of an industry and related occupations. Teens are also encouraged to check out the "What’s Hot" link to the "Emerging and Evolving Fields" section for information on newly-developing career opportunities in the fields of biotechnology, geospatial information, and nanotechnology! Contact: http://www.careervoyages.gov .
Data Validation Requirement
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments about the proposed new collection of information on the validity of data that States and grantees report to the Agency. ETA is seeking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act to establish a data validation requirement for the following employment and training programs: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title IB, Labor Exchange, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW), Native American Employment and Training, and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Data validation will increase the reporting burden by requiring States and grantees to submit reports on data validity to ETA. Contact: Gail Eulenstein (202-693-3013; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trust Fund Loans
Outstanding Loans from the Federal Unemployment Account
Minnesota, New York, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina, and Massachusetts have outstanding loans from the Federal Unemployment Account. Their balances as of January 14, 2004, are:
|North Carolina||$ 40,988,667|
Extended Benefits for UI Claimants End in Oregon, Washington, and Michigan.
States Currently on Extended Benefits (EB). As of the week of January 19, 2004, Alaska is the only state triggered "on" to EB. Alaska will continue to offer Extended Benefits as long as its unemployment rate remains above certain levels.
Extended Benefits (EB) Ended in Oregon, Washington, and Michigan. The week ending January 10, 2004, was the last week for which EB were paid in Oregon and Washington. The week ending January 17, 2004, was the last week for which EB were paid in Michigan.
Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) is Phasing Out.
The authorization period for TEUC ended on December 31, 2003, and the week ending December 27, 2003, (December 28 in New York) was the last week for which exhaustees of regular benefits could establish new TEUC claims. The week ending December 27, 2003, was also the last week exhaustees of TEUC Oregon, Washington, Michigan, and Alaska could qualify for TEUC-X.
Unemployed workers with balances remaining in their TEUC/TEUC-X claims at the expiration of the TEUC program can claim those benefits though the week ending April 3, (or 4 in New York) 2004.
Expiration of Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation for Airline and Related Workers (TEUC-A). The TEUC-A program expired on December 28, 2003. New TEUC-A claims could be established for eligible unemployed workers through the week ending December 27 (December 28 in New York). Unemployed workers with a TEUC-A benefit balance as of December 28 may continue to claim their remaining balance through the week ending January 1, 2005 (December 26, 2004 in New York).
TEUC-A Extended (TEUC-AX) Available After Expiration. TEUC-A exhaustees may qualify for an extension of up to 13 weeks of benefits (TEUC-AX) through January 1, 2005, when their states are in a high unemployment period. Therefore, eligibility for TEUC-AX could have been established in Oregon and Washington through the week ending January 10, 2004. Eligibility for TEUC-AX could have been established in Michigan through the week ending January 17, 2004, and in Alaska until Alaska is no longer in a high unemployment period or January 1, 2005.
Contact: Ron Wilus (202-693-2931; email@example.com)
ETA Seeks Contractor to Provide Pre-Termination and Post-Termination Support to Job Corps
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting proposals to select a contractor to provide a wide range of center and/or post-center career transition support services for all eligible Job Corps students. The contractor shall assist eligible students in nurturing and maintaining long-term attachment to the labor market or further educational opportunities and training.
The receipt of proposal date is March 5, 2004, 2:00 PM local time. Requests for clarification (RFC) must be received no later than February 6, 2004. Contact: http://wdsc.doleta.gov/sga/rfp/rfp04-03.pdf