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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 16

For the week ending April 23, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 21-03

Subject: PY 2004 WIA State Planning Guidance

Purpose: To provide guidance to 10 states with Strategic Five-Year State Plans for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Wagner-Peyser Act that expires on June 30, 2004.


Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 20-01, Change 2

Subject: Application Process for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 503 Incentive Grants, Program Year 2002 Performance

Purpose: This guidance letter updates the procedures states should follow to apply for WIA Section 503 Incentive Grants.


Technical Assistant and Training

Monitor Advocate Training.

OWI staff conducted a training conference— Improving Access to Services for MSFWs through Partnerships —for State and Regional Monitor Advocate staff in San Antonio, Texas, on April 13-16. The theme of the training was "Improving Access to Services for MSFWs through Partnerships." At the conference, State Monitor Advocates highlighted their work to ensure that One-Stop Career Centers provide Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs) with services that are "qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate" to the services provided to non-MSFWs. About 40 participants attended the training, including 25 State Monitor Advocates and three Regional Monitor Advocates. Joe Juarez, Regional Administrator from Dallas, was the keynote speaker. The attendees also heard from two former national Monitor Advocates: Alicia Fernandez-Mott and Rogelio Valdez. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification participated in the training session that dealt with the Agricultural Recruitment System.
Contact: Erik Lange (202-693-2916; (lange.erik@dol.gov; 202-693-2916)

National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference

Over 500 tribal leaders, WIA directors and staff from across the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii are expected to attend the 25th National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference (NINAETC). The conference theme, entitled "Tribute to Survival, Commemorating 25 Years of Commitment and Service," celebrates the 25th anniversary of the NINAETC, sponsored by the Department. Invited participants include the Department’s Business Relations Group, PRO, and partner agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Contact: Athena Brown (202-693-3737; brown.athena@dol.gov)


Events Upcoming ETA Meeting/Events



HHS/ACF Grants Opportunity for Faith-Based and Community Organizations

ACF’s Office of Community Services (OCS) will award funds to faith-based and community organizations that address the needs of either at-risk youth; to the homeless; or provide marriage education and preparation services to help couples who choose marriage develop the skills and knowledge to form and sustain healthy marriages; or provide social services to those living in rural communities. Up to 100 grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded from the Secretary's Compassion Capital Fund (CCF). Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations other than institutions of higher education, Native American Tribal governments (federally recognized). The deadline is May 19. Contact http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-8791.pdf

Education’s OVAE Invites Applications from "Novice and Non-Novice Applicants for Community Technology Centers."

One combined competition will be conducted for both non-novice and novice applicants. OVAEF will rank and fund the two groups separately. At least 75% of the funds will be set aside for non-novice applicants and up to 25% will be set aside for novice applicants. These projects address Priority 4 "supports projects whose CTC activities focus on career development and job preparation activities. Priority will be given to projects that provide career development and job preparation activities in high-demand occupational areas." OVAE will give priority to projects in which the delivery of instructional services includes: 1) A community-based organization (CBO), which may include a faith-based organization, and 2) A local educational agency (LEA) (including a charter school that meets its State's definition of an LEA), or a public school or a private school. Eligible applicants shall be an entity, such as a foundation, museum, library, for-profit business, public or private nonprofit organization or community-based organization (including faith-based organizations), an institution of higher education, a State educational agency (SEA), a local educational agency (LEA) (including a charter school that meets its State's definition of an LEA), a private school, or a consortium of such entities, institutions, or agencies. To be eligible, an applicant must have the capacity to significantly expand access to computers and related services for disadvantaged residents of economically distressed urban and rural communities who would otherwise be denied such access. The estimated number of awards is 18-25. The deadline is June 1, 2004. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-8660.pdf and the OVAE companion publication at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-8659.pdf .



Creating a National Technology Policy

Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) to Present Policy Playbook Addressing the Future of the U.S. High-Tech Innovation Economy

When: Wednesday, May 5, 11 a.m. to Noon
Where: Room H.C. 5, U.S. Capitol
Who: Electronic Industries Alliance President Dave McCurdy; other possible panelists.

The issue of worldwide sourcing has become a major topic in the media and on the campaign trail in 2004, but two other issues need even more attention and action from policymakers: 1) the future of innovation in the U.S. and 2) global competitiveness for the U.S. high-tech industry in the face of new economic rivalries from potential 'innovation nations' such as China and India. What is the future of innovation in the U.S.? What investments are necessary if the U.S. is to improve its innovation infrastructure by developing and implementing a national technology policy? The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), the nation's leading trade association for the U.S. high-tech industry, will answer these questions on Wednesday, May 5, at 11 a.m. in Room H.C. 5 at the U.S. Capitol, when it unveils "The Technology Industry at an Innovation Crossroads," a six-part policy playbook addressing the future of the U.S. High-Tech Innovation economy.

EIA’s Policy Playbook provides 39 proposals on six technology industry-related issues: international business and trade, visa and immigration policy, workforce assistance and training, the U.S. business environment, K-12 math and science education, and research and development. The goal of the playbook is to present a comprehensive plan for the U.S. so that the nation maintains its competitive edge on innovation and ensures that 'The Next Big Thing' in high-tech and electronics continues to originate in America.

To register for the May 5 EIA Policy Playbook event or to obtain a free copy of the Playbook after May 5, contact Neil Gaffney at (703) 907-7792, or by e-mail at Ngaffney@eia.org.