Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 3, Number 34
For the week ending September 3, 2004
(For Internal Use Only)
Training and Employment Notice No. TEN 3-04
Subject: Guide to a Win-Win Partnership for the Public Workforce Investment System and the Staffing Industry
Purpose: To transmit to the public workforce investment system a technical assistance booklet, "Guide to a Win-Win Partnership for the Public Workforce Investment System and the Staffing Industry" ("Guide"), containing information about partnering with the staffing industry. Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1601
The Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project (HtE)
The Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project (HtE) is the most ambitious, comprehensive effort to learn what works in this area to date and is explicitly designed to build on previous and ongoing research by rigorously testing a wide variety of approaches to promote employment and improve family functioning and child well-being. The HtE project will "conduct a multi-site evaluation that studies the implementation issues, program design, net impact and benefit-costs of selected programs" designed to help Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, former TANF recipients, or low-income parents who are hard-to-employ. The project is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Office of the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
The evaluation involves an experimental, random assignment design in five sites (four are confirmed), testing a diverse set of strategies to promote employment for low-income parents who face serious obstacles to employment. The four include: (1) Intensive care management to facilitate the use of evidence-based treatment for major depression among parents receiving Medicaid in Rhode Island; (2) job readiness training, worksite placements, job coaching, job development and other training opportunities for recent parolees in New York City; (3) pre-employment services and transitional employment for long-term TANF participants in Philadelphia; and (4) home- and center-based care for low-income families who have young children or are expecting in Kansas and Missouri. The latter is a two-generation test, designed to help the children and their parents.
Over the next several years, the HtE project will generate a wealth of rigorous data on implementation, effects, and costs of these alternative approaches. The follow-up surveys will be used for the following purposes:
To study the extent to which different HtE approaches impact employment, earnings, income, welfare dependence, and the presence or persistence of employment barriers.
To study how different HtE strategies impact child well-being, when programs are directed toward parents, and when they are designed to target both generations.
To collect data on a wider range of outcome measures than is available through Welfare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security, the Criminal Justice System or Unemployment Insurance records in order to understand the family circumstances and attributes and situations that contribute to the difficulties in finding employment; job retention and job quality; educational attainment; interactions with and knowledge of the HtE program; household composition; child care; transportation; health care; income; physical and mental health problems; substance abuse; domestic violence; and criminal history.
To conduct non-experimental analyses to explain participation decisions and provide a descriptive picture of the circumstances of individuals who are hard-to-employ.
To obtain participation information important to the evaluation's benefit-cost component; and to obtain contact information for possible future follow-up, information that will be important to achieving high response rates for additional surveys.
Materials for the HtE baseline survey were previously submitted to OMB on April 29, 2003, and a revised packet for the Rhode Island site was submitted on April 7, 2004. Both submissions have been approved by OMB.
In compliance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects for the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Census Bureau to Release New Quarterly Services Survey on September 13
The Department of Commerce announced that it will release the first data from a new economic indicator series on service industries. The first estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's new Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) will be released on September 13. These data will appear on the Web site. The initial data will be for the fourth quarter of calendar year 2003 and the first and second quarters of 2004. Contact: http://www.census.gov/Press- Release/www/releases/archives/economic_surveys/002595.html
National Emergency Grant Award
Maryland - The Secretary of Labor approved a National Emergency Grant for the State of Maryland for up to $378,000, with $112,500 released initially to provide employment-related assistance to approximately 235 trade certified workers from the following manufacturing facilities: Meadwestvaco, Lion Ribbon Company, Carr Lowrey, GST AutoLeather, Renaissance, Mar, CHC Industries, Celeste Industries, Nevamar, Acme Pad Company, and Fellowes Company. Contact: Doug Small (email@example.com; 202-693-3095)
Department of Labor Releases Report on the State of the American Workforce
The Department of Labor has announced the release of a new report, America's Dynamic Workforce, which surveys the state of America's workforce, the changing nature of the workforce, and the new opportunities that are developing in the 21st Century. The report highlights ways to improve the nationís job training programs to help more workers acquire in-demand skills. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/opa20041765.htm