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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:

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: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov

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 (douglas.small@dol.gov; 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