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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 7

For the week ending February 20, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)



Technical Assistance & Training

The 2004 Winter Policy Forum for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies will be held Wednesday, March 17 to Friday, March 19, 2004 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Forum will include stimulating policy discussions and exhibits on emerging services and technologies. Policy discussions will include such topics as:


Events Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events



Building Partnerships with Faith –Based and Community Organizations

The Department of labor will hold a series of ten conference calls in February and March on the DOL’s new initiative, Touching Lives and Communities (TLC). The TLC initiative is about building partnerships between Faith-Based and Community Organizations (FBCOs) and local Workforce Investment Boards and their One-Stop Career Centers. Assistant Secretary Emily DeRocco will present an overview of the initiative, describing the purpose and value of developing these partnerships, and the resources available from ETA to support these efforts. She will be followed by Brent Orrell, who will provide further details of the origins and purpose of the TLC initiative. Assistant Secretary DeRocco will also outline some of the key issues and topics to be addressed in subsequent conference calls. Lastly, Stephanie Powers, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) will discuss the role that NAWB is playing to support WIB efforts to collaborate with FBCOs through this initiative.
Contact: http://www.nawb.org/asp/conferenceCallList.asp



State WIA Annual Reports

The Program Year 02 State Annual Reports and the national summary of the Program Year 02 WIA Annual Performance Data are available. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/documents/annualreports/annual_report_2002.cfm


At the request of the House Ways and Means Committee Human Resources Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA), GAO is initiating a study of the linkages between the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and reemployment services for unemployed workers (Job Code 130358). Our study will address the following research questions: 1) to what extent do UI recipients receive reemployment services; 2) what steps have states taken to ensure that unemployed workers are aware of the full range of reemployment services available to them, and what incentives, if any, have states developed to encourage unemployed workers to take advantage of these services; 3) what has the federal government done to ensure access to reemployment services, what is known about the effectiveness of these efforts, and what more can be done; and 4) what information is available on the outcomes of UI recipients who participate in reemployment services. Education, Workforce and Income Security staff will conduct the work and plans to start immediately. There has been no request for an entrance conference.

GAO has submitted a 12-page draft report entitled "Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Assist States and Local Agencies in Coordinating Transportation Services" (GAO-04-420R - Job Code 542030). The report provides a status on Federal agencies implementation of recommendations for coordinating existing transportation programs for the "transportation-disadvantage." DOL is referenced throughout the document. Technical comments were provided.
Contact: Amanda Ahlstrand ahlstrand.amanda@dol.gov; 202-693-3052)

Resource Justification Model (RJM) Training

OWS staff conducted a RJM training session for Regional Office reviewers on February 11 and 12, 2004. Six Regional Office staff from Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dallas attended the training. The first day of training consisted of a review of a case study and practical exercises. During the second day, Regional Office staff reviewed a submission from one of their states with assistance from the National Office staff.
Contact: Ronald Wilus (wilus.ronald@dol.gov; 202-693-2931)

Benefits Timeliness and Quality (BTQ) Non-monetary Determinations Quality Review.

As part of the UI Performs 5-year review, a workgroup comprised of OWS, Regional Office, and state non-monetary determination experts will convene in Washington, D.C. during February 24-26, 2004, to study the BTQ instrument used in the BTQ review. The purpose of the study is to refine the review instrument to ensure that it accurately reflects the quality of state non-monetary determinations.
Contact: Darlyne Bryant (bryant.darlyne@dol.gov; 202-693-2995)