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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 23

For the week ending June 18, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)




Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 25-03

Subject: Changes in Adult and Dislocated Worker Program Year 2003 Funds

Purpose: To provide guidance on the rescission of Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 Adult and Dislocated Worker program formula funds for Program Year (PY) 2003 as required by Public Law 108-199, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1578

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 24-03

Subject Domestic Agricultural In-Season Wage Report Forms ETA 232 and ETA 232A

Purpose: To announce the extension of the Office of Management and Budget(OMB) approval of information collection for the Domestic Agricultural In-Season Wage Report, Forms ETA 232 and ETA 232A, and the Narrative Plan for conducting the wage survey.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1579

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 26-03

Subject: FY 2004 Congressional Rescissions for the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs; Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Allotments for Program Year (PY) 2004; Additional Funding from Dislocated Worker National Reserve for Adult/Dislocated Worker Activities for Eligible States; Wagner-Geyser Act Final Allotments for PY 2004; and Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare-to-Work (W-t-W) Tax Credit Allotments for FY 2004

Purpose: To provide a revised TEGL rescinding TEGL 20-30, dated March 25, 2004 and reflecting corrections to errata in TEGL 20-03. The corrections relate to references to attachments, definitions of economically disadvantaged individuals for the Youth and Adult Program formulas, and clarification of the changes in transfer authority for PY 2004.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1580


Events Upcoming ETA Meeting/Events



Over $12.3 Million In USDA Rural Development Funds To Support Job Creation In 19 States

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced that 23 applicants from 19 states have been selected to receive over $12.3 million in loan and grant funds to assist with job and business development. The funds are part of the ongoing effort by the Bush Administration to spur additional economic activities in rural areas. Contact: http://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0253.04.html

Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2004-05 Edition

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a statistical and research supplement to the 2004-05 Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2004-05 Edition, presents detailed, comprehensive statistics used in preparing the Handbook. It also discusses how the data are prepared and presents new research --information that is valuable to training officials, education planners, vocational and employment counselors, jobseekers, and others interested in occupational information. Contact: http://www.bls.gov/emp/optd/home.htm



National LED/Wage Record Managing Partnership

On June 15 and 16, OWI staff joined with representatives from the Census Bureau, BLS, and six state LMI directors to establish a managing partnership that will help to guide the development of a national Local Employment Dynamics and Wage Record partnership. The participating states were AK, CO, CT, IL, NM, and PA. Originally envisioned by the BLS and the Workforce Information Council (WIC) member states present as a new state-federal partnership program or WIC policy council, the discussion led development of a charter for a voluntary state-federal managing partnership that would be supportive of the BLS and Census FY 2006 joint budget proposals for funding the nationwide implementation of LED and continued development of the state wage record user interface and presentation software in a coordinated (non-competitive) manner. To advance ETA’s new LMI strategy, OWI staff suggested that membership should be extended to interested state Workforce Investment Board chairs or executive directors to assure the input from a primary end user of the information products. The draft charter developed from the discussion indicates that customers will be consulted to assure that products meet the end user needs. The draft charter is being reviewed by SOL and OWI. Contact: Anthony Dais (202-693-2784; dais.anthony@dol.gov)

WOTC Workgroup Meeting

OWI staff met with the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) E-8850 workgroup in Reston, VA on June 15 and 16, 2004. The group is finalizing a report to ETA with recommendations for states to use in implementing an electronic version of the IRS 8850 "Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity and Welfare-to-Work Credits." This project is part of a broader federal government effort to reduce the tax and wage-reporting burden on employers, streamline customer service, provide single point filing, and simplified requirements. Recently, DOL and IRS provided the group with guidance on how to treat employer and employee signatures in an electronic system. This new information is enabling the group to complete its work and to submit a final report late this summer. Contact: Carmen Ortiz (202-693-2786; ortiz.carmen@dol.gov)

Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative Study Trip

On June 8-9, the Prisoner Re-Entry Workgroup traveled to San Fernando Valley, California to meet with panel members from Law Enforcement, Faith-Based Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Private/Public Ventures, and ex-offenders. The Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative (PRI) Workgroup is part of the President’s four year, $300 million initiative to support entities capable of winning local acceptance and reintegrating former ex-offenders into communities. To help inform the workgroup members responsible for drafting the grant program to support this initiative, the group took a carefully structured two-day study trip to the Los Angeles County area. The site visit included discussions with panel members concerning the long term needs of prisoners following release. It also gave workgroup members an opportunity to hear directly from employed ex-offenders, and ex-offender job seekers about the most difficult challenges they had experienced after being released from prison in managing a successful transition. They discussed their experiences in accessing substance abuse treatment, medical and mental health treatment, reentering the workforce, securing suitable housing and reuniting with their family members. The site visit also featured three programs –Communities in Schools, Chrysalis, and People in Progress. These programs create opportunities to ex-offenders for self-sufficiency by providing job readiness training, employment, and affordable housing for homeless and long-term unemployed women, men and youth. Contact: Bonnie Naradzay (202-693-3675; naradzay.bonnie@dol.gov)