Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 3, Number 18
For the week ending May 7, 2004
(For Internal Use Only)
Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 20-02, Change 1
Subject: Policy Guidance for Use of National Emergency Grant (NEG) Funds under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as Amended, to Support "Gap-Filler" Payments for Individuals Eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)
Purpose: To provide new policy guidance governing the use of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds at Section 173(f) and (g) to make "gap-filler" payments of qualified health insurance premiums for individuals eligible for the HCTC.
Events Upcoming ETA Meeting/Events
May 24 – 2004 National Workforce Investment Research Colloquium
May 23-26 - National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference – Portland, or
May 16–21 - The Native American Employment and Training Conference - Milwaukee, WI
Contact: Athena Brown (202-693-3737; firstname.lastname@example.org)
July 19 – 21 - Workforce Innovations 2004 – San Antonio, TX
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced the availability of cooperative agreement continuation funds to continue community-based benefits planning, assistance, and outreach projects. The purpose of these Projects is to disseminate accurate information to beneficiaiaries with disabilities (including transition-to-work aged youth aged youth) about work incentives programs and issues related to such programs, to enable them to make informed choices about work.
Public Law 106-170 expands the availability of health care coverage for working individuals with disabilities, establishes a Ticket-to-Work and Self-Sufficiency Program in SSA to provide beneficiaries with disabilities meaningful opportunities to work, and provides benefits planning, assistance, and outreach services to beneficiaries with disabilities, among other purposes.
Eligible applicants include ONLY those organizations which are existing Benefits Planning, Assistance and Outreach Projects with a fourth Budget Period end date of September 29, 2004.
HUD Announces FY 2004 SuperNOFA with 50 Funding Opportunities; YouthBuild Among Those with Job Training/Job Preparation Emphasis
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced its FY 2004 policy requirements applicable to all of HUD`s federal financial assistance programs announced through Notices of Fund Availability (NOFAs).
The FY 2004 SuperNOFA contains 50 funding opportunities composed of programs and program components totaling approximately $2.3 billion.
The May 14 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background. Attachment A contains a chart of the funds being made available in HUD’s SuperNOFA for FY 2004.
There are a number of references to job training and job preparation throughout this large document. The leveraging HUD resources with those of the Department of Labor, for example, are addressed on Page 27055.
The funding availability, eligibility requirements, and application requirements for the Youthbuild program are addressed on pages 27029 and 27371.
Construction Industry Executive Forum – Construction Industry Round Table
The U.S. Department of Labor and Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) sponsored a Construction Industry Executive Forum on April 28, in Washington, D.C. The forum, which took place during CIRT’s 2004 Spring Conference, focused on the workforce challenges experienced by CIRT’s members and partners and was hosted by Assistant Secretary Emily DeRocco and CIRT President Mark Casso. Employers that participated in the forum included Cianbro Corporation, Alberici Constructors, The Thornton -Tomasetti Group, Inc., and Performance Contracting Group. Participants identified a number of key workforce challenges facing the industry, including a need to enhance the industry’s image, a need to increase the number of individuals from minority groups in leadership positions, and a need to enhance the language skills of individuals for whom English is not their first language. Solutions identified by participants included an initiative to enhance the effectiveness of vocational-technical schools in Maine and a youth mentoring program. Tom Hooper (email@example.com; 202-693- 3865)