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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 22

For the week ending June 11, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)





Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 23-04

Subject: Directory of Federal (Civilian) and Military Agencies Requesting Quarterly Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) or Unemployment Compensation Ex- Service Members (UCX) Detailed Benefit Payment Data

Purpose: To transmit the directory of Federal and military agencies that request detailed UCFE or UCX benefit payment data which support the Department of Labor quarterly unemployment compensation billings.

Contract: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1571

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 24-04

Subject: Unemployment Insurance Information Technology Security

Purpose: To provide State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) with specific information on the National Institute of Standards and Technologys (NIST) Information Technology (IT) security guidelines and a software tool to conduct a security self-assessment of Unemployment Insurance (UI) computer systems.

Contract: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1575


Events Upcoming ETA Meeting/Events



The Department has announced a funding opportunity for a cooperative agreement under the Chronic Homelessness Employment Technical Assistance (CHETA) Initiative.

The overall purpose of CHETA is to create a technical assistance capability designed to assist the Department's currently funded "Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing" awardees; meet customized employment-related program goals; and to collect and disseminate information on how best to meet the customized employment needs of persons who are chronically homeless.

The three Departmental partners -- Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) --Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS), and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) -- have set major goals for this investment.

The Department has identified a total of $1.5 million to fund the cooperative agreement. This $1.5 million award will be for a 36-month period of performance. In addition, this initiative may be funded for up to two additional option years at approximately $500,000 per year, depending on performance, identified need and the availability of future funding. Applications are due July 26. See the July 10, 2004 FEDERAL REGISTER.
Contract: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-13116.pdf

Characteristics of High-Performing Local Adult Education Programs

The Department of Education is seeking to identify the "Characteristics of High-Performing Local Adult Education Programs." Site visits to 24 programs will be conducted to develop an understanding of service delivery and instructional practices that allow these programs to achieve positive student outcomes, and to investigate whether the structure of the program affects student performance. Contact: Katrina.Ingalls@ed.gov.



ETA Occasional Papers

As of 2003, the new ETA Research and Evaluation Reports incorporates into a single series the occasional papers from the Office of Policy Development, Evaluation and Research; Unemployment Insurance; and Office of Workforce Security. ETA publications on research, pilots, demonstrations, and evaluations can be searched and downloaded from this website or requested online. The papers published before or in 2002 in this series are also available.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/reports/searcheta/occ/

Construction Training Directors Forum

On June 2, 2004, Assistant Secretary DeRocco and Assistant Secretary Sclafani conducted the Training Directors Forum in Washington, D.C., with training directors from an array of labor-management organizations. The forum, which was held as part of the Construction High Growth Job Training Initiative, focused on identifying the construction industry’s key workforce challenges, as well as solutions to those challenges.

Representatives from a number of organizations participated in the forum, including: the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers; International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund; International Union of Operating Engineers; and United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada. Contact: Tom Hooper (hooper.thomas@dol.gov; 202-693-3949)

American Association of Railroad

On June 3, BRG staff and members of the Solutions Team met with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to determine how the AAR can connect with the public workforce system as well as get involved in ETA’s initiatives. During the meeting, BRG learned about the railroad industry and their workforce needs, and AAR staff learned about ETA. The railroad industry anticipates hiring roughly 80,000 workers over the next 3 years. Contact: Jen Troke (troke.jennifer@dol.gov; 202-693-3688)

Biotechnology Worker Training Initiative

On Wednesday, June 3, 2004, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the launch of a $17.2 million national Biotechnology Worker Training Initiative, as part of the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative. The grants will fund solutions to address the skill needs and workforce challenges facing the biotechnology industry. The announcement was made at an event highlighting a $2.4 million award to Pennsylvania-based Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. The remaining grants will be announced throughout the month.

Contact: Angela Dayton (202-693-2969; dayton.angela@dol.gov)