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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 30

For the week ending August 6, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 4-04

Subject: Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program Goals: Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Performance and FY 2004 Performance Targets

Purpose To summarize the UI program`s GPRA performance for FY 2003 and announce the FY 2004 GPRA goals and targets

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1592



HHS Announces Fund Availability to Expand Asset Formation and Financial Literacy Services for Low Income Individuals; Emphasizes EITC Outreach; Seeks Capacity-Building Collaborations

The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced that competing applications will be accepted for a new grant pursuant under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act.

Contact: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/csbg/

HUD Announces FY 2003 Neighborhood Networks Grant Opportunity; Job Training, Welfare-to- Work, and Partnership with Employment Agencies Emphasized

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for FY 2003 Hope VI Neighborhood Networks Grants. These grants are in support of public housing agency-owned (PHA) affordable housing. This NOFA is expected to result in approximately 20 awards. Applicants may request up to $250,000.

The application deadline is September 8.

HUD instructs potential applicants that they "are required to partner with other organizations, such as local businesses, schools, libraries, banks, and employment agencies, that will help them deliver computer- and Internetrelated supportive services that fulfill residents' needs. These organizations can provide additiona

l expertise, volunteers, office supplies, training materials, software, equipment, and other resources."

Programs offered by the Neighborhood Networks shall emphasize:

The August 9 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background on this NOFA, including application instructions and HUD review criteria.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-17885.htm


Technical Assistance and Training

Texas Youth Program Initiative Develops 12 Training Packets

School & Main Institute (2003) developed training tools to train and support front-line workers in the Texas Workforce Board regions. The twelve packets include information on topics such as utilizing LMI, mentoring, workbased learning, case management, employer engagement and/or serve as resource tools for youth providers in a variety of settings.

Contact: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/youthinit/ypi.html



Closeout Reporting System

The Closeout Reporting System was launched on Monday, August 2nd. It was launched on schedule and was deployed in support of the Indians/Native Americans Program. It is a web-based application that allows grantees to submit their close-out packages entirely on-line from anywhere in the country. The submission of this data integrates with other aspects of grants management within ETA.

Contact: Jenny Zhange at 202-693-3780


On Monday, August 2nd, the Office of Performance and Technology launched a data-mining tool in support of the office of Apprenticeship, Employer and Labor Relations (OATELS). The launch of this tool was the culmination of a pilot project whose purpose was to determine the efficacy of such tools in our environment. The pilot’s overwhelming success graphically demonstrates two points: first, that the organization’s technological infrastructure has matured to the point where such cutting-edge tools can be successfully deployed and, second, that the employment of such tools significantly increases program offices’ access to and control over their own data. The use of data-mining technology within ETA represents a significant step forward for the agency.

Contact: Robert Anderson (202- 693-3270; anderson.robert@dol.gov)

Tools of the Trade

The August Workforce Tools of the Trade website provides a direct link to the brochure which offers profiles of the honorees under the Employment and Training Administration's "Recognition of Excellence" program. The winners in five categories were formally acknowledged during the recent Workforce Innovations 2004 conference in San Antonio, TX. You can take a quick tour and read about those organizations and partnerships which are making a difference in the nation's workforce development.

Contact: http://www.workforcetools.org/

Occupational Projections and Training Data (2004-2005 Edition)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published the 2004-05 edition of the Occupational Projections and Training Data bulletin. The bulletin --available online as well as in print -- presents 2002 occupational statistics, with projections to 2012, and research that is useful to jobseekers, career counselors, educational planners, and others interested in occupational information. The 2004-05 edition also includes a new, more comprehensive analysis of educational requirements for different occupations.

Contact: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/optd.toc.htm

ALMIS State Database Applications

The America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS) Resource Center has recently updated the list of State ALMIS Database Applications.

Contact: http://www.almisdb.org/8links.cfm

Youth Community Leadership Preparation

Youth on Board, a project of YouthBuild, U.S.A., prepares youth to be leaders and decision makers in their communities and strengthens relationships between youth and adults through publications, customized workshops, and technical assistance.

Contact: http://www.youthonboard.org/

Website for Youth Workers

A one-stop website for youth workers is offered by the National Youth Development Information Center, a project of the National Collaboration for Youth. It features an extensive “What’s New” page and focuses on funding opportunities, staffing, training, programming, research, evaluation, policy, and advocacy. It also has an on-line library.

Contact: http://www.nydic.org/nydic/

Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Administrative Charges

In response to the OIG’s March 2003 report that the Department of Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was overcharging the Unemployment Trust Fund (UTF) for administrative costs, Treasury recently developed a new methodology. However, the new methodology results in charges to the UTF of $80-$90 million for FY 2004, roughly the same amount as prior to the OIG audits. [After OIG’s audit of FY 1996 through 1998, the UTF was refunded about $70 million; results of OIG’s audits of FY 1999 through 2002 led to Treasury adopting a percent-of-revenue charging method which reduced charges to the $30 million range.]

Under the new methodology, collection and processing costs are within an acceptable range ($12-$15 million), but charges for compliance appear excessive, and overhead rates of 66% appear high. Because of the level of detail embodied in the new methodology, its complexity, and the unexpected results, the OIG has agreed to audit the methodology, beginning March 2005. Treasury, however, believes the methodology is supportable and intends to implement it for the quarter beginning October 1, 2004.
Contact: Ron Wilus (202-693-2931; wilus.ronald@dol.gov)