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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 25

For the week ending July 2, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)



Events Upcoming ETA Meeting/Events


State Plans

As lead for the Federal Review and Approval Process, DOSO coordinated ETA’s response to the ten early implementer states’ requests for approval of: (1) extension of strategic plans, (2) modifications, (3) or the first year of new five-year strategic plans and (4) extensions of waivers that would expire June 30, 2004. TEGL 21-03 provided these options to the ten early implementer states along with instructions on requesting extensions of waivers currently in place.

DOSO met the 30-day turnaround time prescribed by TEGL 21-03 and all ten requests were approved by the Assistant Secretary on or before June 30. Eight states requested a simple extension of the strategic plan; one (Florida) submitted a modification; and one (Utah) submitted a plan for the first year of a new five-year plan. All the requests for extensions were approved, Florida’s modification was approved, and Utah’s new plan was conditionally approved. Utah had some outstanding issues related to implementation of the priority of service requirements of the Jobs for Veterans Act.

All but two of the ten states submitted requests for the extension of existing waivers. Requests for extensions were granted with one exception. Indiana’s request for waiver of the local area administrative cost limitation was not granted. With its modification request, Florida submitted a new waiver request (increasing the funds transfer authority from 20 percent to 50 percent), which was approved with the modification in the Assistant Secretary’s letter of June 25. Contact: Dick Ensor (202-693-2792; ensor.richard@dol.gov)
TEGL (http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1564)



New Technology Grant Program

The Community and Individual Pilot Program (CIPP) of the Beaumont Foundation of America grants state-of-the-art, wireless laptop computers and technology equipment to schools and community groups serving low-income populations and individuals. Organizations with 501(c)(3) status, hospitals, and government agencies serving at least 50 percent or more individuals at or below the poverty level are eligible to apply. The deadline is July 30. Contact: http://www.bmtfoundation.com/bfa/us/public

National Youth Development Information Center Redesigned

The National Collaboration for Youth has revamped its premier Internet resource for youth workers. It provides more updated information in a much simpler layout and format. Links to funding, staffing and training opportunities are supplemented with connections to recent and archived research on youth development. Contact: http://www.nydic.org

E-Letter on Workforce Development for Youth with Disabilities

Intersection, an electronic newsletter for and about workforce development system and working with youth with disabilities, is available through the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth website at http://www.intersectionnewsletter.org/intersection . To receive Intersection visit: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/intersection/signup_form.php .

Reengaging Disconnected Youth

This kit, the seventh in a series produced for municipal leaders by the Institute for Youth Education and Families, highlights steps that city officials can take to help young people who are not connected to school, work, or caring adults. Contact: http://www.nlc.org/iyef

Plan for Investing in Successful Futures for Foster Youth

The transition from childhood to adulthood is often a precarious journey. The Foster Care Work Group has produced an investment plan that calls for government, foundations, community organizations, and individuals to mobilize their energy and resources with a greater focus on the future of foster youth and those aging out of foster care. Contact: Lorne Needle at (415) 668-1771 or http://www.ccfy.org/toolbox/fostercare.pdf

Free Mentor Screening in July

SafetyNet is a national database sponsored by MENTOR-National Mentoring Partnership that provides mentoring organizations with records of FBI fingerprint-based background checks to screen mentoring volunteers. SafetyNet is offering the opportunity to conduct free background checks during the month of July to mentoring programs. Contact: http://www.mentoring.org/safetynet or call (703) 224-2202.

Formation of a New National Dislocated Worker Workgroup

The Office of Workforce Investment is coordinating with the Office of National Response and the Business Relations Group to host the first meeting of a National Dislocated Worker Workgroup on July 22 – 23 following the Workforce Innovations Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Comprised of state, local, and Employment and Training Administration representatives, the National Workgroup will focus on improved coordination, communication, integration, and performance within the workforce system. A draft agenda for this meeting has been developed.
Jeff Ryan (202-693-3546; ryan.jeff@dol.gov)
Karin Brown (202-693-3922; brown.karin@dol.gov)
Chris Cremer (202-693-3387; cremer.christine@dol.gov

Development of a Personal Reemployment Account Technical Assistance Strategy and Implementation Study

The Division of Adults and Dislocated Workers management met with OPDER to discuss both the delivery of ongoing technical assistance and the conduction of an implementation study – two key project components of the 2004 PRA Demonstration that is to be launched soon with up to nine selected states. As an outcome of the meeting, staffs of both offices are recommending a joint strategy and have collaboratively developed a decision memo with recommendations to be reviewed and approved by both the OWI and OPDER administrators before being presented to the Deputy Assistant Secretary. Contact Chris Cremer (202-693-3387; cremer.christine@dol.gov)

Biotechnology Industry Update

As a part of the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, recently announced $17.2 Million in investments to the biotechnology industry. To date, awards have been made to the following:

Additional grant announcements will be made in the near future.
Contact: (Lynn Reed at 202.693.3978; reed.lynn@dol.gov)

Business Relations Group Web Sites

Several different web initiatives are coming to completion or their next stage. The most prominent, Career Voyages, is about to be re-launched within the next week. It will have a different look and feel in anticipation of a new layout and new content produced in collaboration with High Growth Job Training Initiative partners. Contact: www.careervoyages.gov