Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 3, Number 19
For the week ending May 21, 2004
(For Internal Use Only)
Events Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
May 24 - 2004 National Workforce Investment Research Colloquium - Arlington, VA
May 23-26 - National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference – Portland,
July 19 – 21 - Workforce Innovations 2004 – San Antonio, TX
OSHA Announces Competition for FY 2004 Susan Harwood Grants; Non-Profits, FBOs, Educational Institutions Eligible to Apply
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides funds for programs to train workers and employers to recognize, avoid, and prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces. The program emphasizes three areas:
Any nonprofit organization, including community-based and faith-based organizations, that is not an agency of a State or local government, is eligible to apply. State or local government supported institutions of higher education are eligible to apply in accordance with 29 CFR part 95. Eligible organizations can apply independently for funding, or in partnership with other eligible organizations, but in such a case, a lead organization must be identified. Sub-contracts must be awarded in accordance with 29 CFR 95.40-48, including OMB circulars requiring free and open competition for procurement transactions.
The May 18 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background, additional information on eligibility requirements, application instructions, and selection criteria.
Susan Harwood Training Grant Program: http://www.osha.gov/fso/ote/training/sharwood/sharwood.html
29 CFR part 95 information: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_02/29cfr95_02.html
Executive Forum on Advanced Manufacturing
On May 27, The Employment and Training Administration will host an Executive Forum as part of the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative in Advanced Manufacturing. The Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. and include senior company executives from several key sectors of the industry, including: metalworking, aerospace, information technology, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and plastics. The Forum provides an opportunity for Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco to hear directly from industry leaders regarding their critical workforce challenges. This event is by invitation only. Contact: Mike Jaffe (202-693-3401; Michael Jaffe@dol.gov)
Aerospace Industry Solutions Development Forum/Conference – Aerospace Industries Association
The U.S. Department of Labor and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) will sponsor an Aerospace Industry Solutions Development Forum in mid-June 2004, likely in Washington, D.C. The forum will be a two-day intensive event focused on identifying model solutions to key workforce challenges discussed by the President’s Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace and the AIA Executive Committee – an aging workforce and loss of technical talent. Assistant Secretary DeRocco and AIA President John Douglass will host a panel discussion with AIA members and partners, academia, workforce professionals, and Federal and state government representatives. Contact: Chuck Chaitovitz (202-693-3516; email@example.com)
National Emergency Grants (NEG)
California: Secretary Chao announced the award of a supplemental National Emergency Grant for the San Diego Workforce Partnership to aid dislocated workers in California. The grant was approved for up to $7,655,344 with $4,294,379 released initially to assist approximately 4,218 military personnel at the marine Air Station at Miramar, the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, and the Naval Base at Point Loma/32nd Street. This grant provides services for National Guard men and women and reservists who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and have been dislocated from their former jobs. It also serves military spouses who do not qualify as dislocated workers.
Massachusetts: Secretary Chao announced two National Emergency Grants to aid dislocated workers in Massachusetts. A dual enrollment grant was approved for up to $8,253,099 with $2,000,000 released initially to assist approximately 1,235 trade certified workers in the state. An additional grant was approved for up to $743,833 with $289,926 released initially to assist approximately 120 workers affected by the permanent closure of the Kmart Distribution Center in North Billerica, Massachusetts.
Wisconsin: The Secretary announced an NEG for Wisconsin to serve approximately 350 workers affected by the closure of Kohl’s Food Stores, Inc. in the southeastern region of the state. The grant was approved for up to $1,330,000 with $525,015 released initially.
Contact: Doug Small (202-693-3095; firstname.lastname@example.org)
NEG/Dislocated Worker FAQs Published
The first batch of responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that were submitted during the six regional forums, "An Integrated Service Response to Dislocated Workers," was posted to the ETA Website on Friday, May 14, 2004. As additional responses are finalized, they will be added to the Web site. Contact: www.doleta.gov/faq.cfm
NEG E-Application System
User Testing is underway for the NEG e-application system. The management system e-review tool briefings occurred the week of May 3, and the training schedule is on track for training federal staff. State and locals will receive training on the system beginning at the Workforce Innovations Conference in July. Contact: Doug Small (202-693-3095; email@example.com)