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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



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; eulenstein.gail@dol.gov)

Trust Fund Loans

Contact: Ron Wilus (202-693-2931; wilus.ronald@dol.gov)

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