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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 14

For the week ending April 9, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)

 

 

Policy

Directive

Training and Employment Notice No. 17-03

Subject: Announcing the Recognition of Excellence and Application Process

Purpose: Purpose: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is pleased to sponsor the first annual Recognition of Excellence competition on behalf of the nation’s workforce investment system. ETA is establishing this system to recognize high levels of success by managers and partners of ETA-funded programs. ETA knows that achieving commendable outcomes requires much more than statutory or regulatory compliance. Therefore, high levels of success should be brought to the attention of the workforce investment system to help replicate promising practices and to improve system performance.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN17-03.html

Training and Employment Notice 16-03

Subject: Implementation of the Department of Labor and Small Business Administration Strategic Alliance Memorandum Purpose: To inform the workforce investment system of the implementation of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) Strategic Alliance Memorandum.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1560

Grant Competitions for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) have announced the availability of grant funds for two grant competitions regarding faith-based and community initiatives.

The first competition is for eligible "grass-roots" faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) with the ability to connect to the local One-Stop delivery system. A total of $1 million is available for these grants, which will have performance periods of 18 months.

The second competition is for Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) that have demonstrated the ability to form working partnerships with grass-root FBCOs. A total of $5.5 million is available for these grants, which will build upon successful ETA grants from program years 2001 and 2002 that focused on the use of intermediaries to build partnerships between FBCOs and local One-Stop systems. The WIBs receiving these grants will develop and implement 18-month projects to foster long-term partnerships with FBCOs that meet a community need related to hard-to-serve populations, ex-offender re-integration, and employment and welfare-to-work.

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/whatsnew/eta_default.cfm?id=1335

ETA Announces Fourth Round Solicitation under Work Incentive Grant Program; Objective to Enhance Service Delivery for Jobseekers with Disabilities

The Work Incentive Grant Program provides competitive grants to improve access to and coordination of information, benefits, and services to enable individuals with disabilities to return to work.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the availability of approximately $14 million to be granted to qualifying applicants for the period of June 2004 to June 2006 under the Work Incentive Grant Program.

Five types of applicants are eligible to apply for these grants:

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/whatsnew/eta_default.cfm?id=1341

ETA Issues New Regulations to Implement the 2000 Amendments to Title V of the Older Americans Act

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has rescinded the regulations for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and issued new regulations to implement the 2000 amendments to title V of the Older Americans Act (OAA Amendments) (Pub. L. 106-501). These regulations provide administrative and programmatic guidance and requirements for the implementation of the SCSEP.

The Final Rule contains some modifications to the Proposed Rule in response to public comments. The comments were thoroughly evaluated and are discussed in the Preamble to the Final Rule to clarify ETA`s interpretation of the OAA Amendments through these final regulations and their application to some of the challenges that may arise during the OAA Amendments implementation.

This Final Rule applies to all grantees and local project operators, including subgrantees that provide services under the SCSEP. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-7282.pdf

 

Events Upcoming ETA Meeting/Events

 

Miscellaneous

Trust Fund Loans

Outstanding Loans from the Federal Unemployment Account

Phase-out of Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) Ends

The week ending April 3, (or April 4 in New York) 2004, was the last week that unemployed workers who qualified for TEUC before December 31, 2003, could claim those benefits.

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

TEUC-A (for airline and related workers) Phase-out Continues.

Unemployed workers with a TEUC-A benefit balance as of December 28, 2003, may continue to claim their remaining balance through the week ending January 1, 2005 (December 26, 2004, in New York). TEUC-A exhaustees may qualify for an extension of up to 13 weeks of benefits (TEUC-AX) through January 1, 2005, when their state is in a high unemployment period.

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