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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 36

For the week ending September 17, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and EmploymentGuidance Letter No. 5-04

Subject: Planning Guidance for Reemployment Services Allotments for Program Year (PY) 2004 and Announcement of an Impending Personal Reemployment Accounts (PRAs) Demonstration

Purpose: (a) Transmit Wagner-Peyser (W-P) Remployment Services allotments for PY 2004 to State Workforce Agencies (SWAs); (b) Provide guidance and instructions for submittal of a Reemployment Services (RES) plan against that allotment; (c) outline RES plan requirements and submission instructions; (d) Announce an opportunity for up to nine states to voluntarily participate in a demonstration for early implementation of Personal Reemployment Accounts (PRAs).

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1602



Teaching Gen Xers to Wi$e Up About Money Financial Literacy

The Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor has contracted with several financial experts to design a Wi$e Up curriculum and website on financial security and retirement planning especially for women in their twenties and thirties. Contact: http://www.wiseupwomen.org

Wi$e Up toll-free teleconference

Every month the Women's Bureau hosts a toll-free teleconference call on topics covered in the Wi$e Up curriculum. Each call features three experts with a question and answer session following the presentations. Speakers come from a range of backgrounds, including authors, educators, financial counselors, founders of financial literacy organizations, and hosts of television and radio programs. These calls occur on the last business day of each month for one hour and are open to the general public. Every call is recorded and posted on the webpage.

Upcoming Wi$e Up Conference Calls

Becoming an Investor Thursday, September 30
Managing Your Investments Friday, October 29

Contact: WomensBureauNetwork@dol.gov. Include your first and last name and your state.



Job Corps' 40th Anniversary

The Office of Job Corps' National Office is hosting Job Corps' 40th Anniversary Kick-off celebration on September 29, 2004 in the Great Hall at The Francis Perkins Building. The program will serve as the start of Job Corps' official anniversary year. Contact: René Nutter (nutter.rene@dol.gov; 202-693-3088)

Helping Homeless Americans Find Jobs

The Department of Labor administers programs providing employment and training services that are crucial components in the comprehensive efforts to address the cycle of homelessness. The Department offers both mainstream and targeted employment-focused programs that help lead to self-sufficiency. The DOL strategy focuses on helping homeless Americans who want to work or can become job-ready. The new DOL website for Homeless targets providers and advocates. Contact: http://www2.dol.gov/dol/audience/aud-homeless.htm

Students.gov website

The students.gov website is a comprehensive information portal providing answers questions on education, career, government and more.

Contact: http://www.students.gov

Youth Opportunity Grants Study

At the request of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, GAO is initiating a review of the WIA Youth Opportunity Grants program. GAO’s objectives are to: 1) examine how grantees implemented the program, what challenges grantees faced in implementing the program, and program outcomes; and 2) pay particular attention to the lessons learned from the program that could be used to inform future policy decisions. ETA will be the DOL agency involved in this study. Sherri Spencer (spencer.sherri@dol.gov; 202-693-2772)

Access at One-Stops for Disabled Study

At the request of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Sen. Judd Gregg (RNH), GAO initiated a study of programmatic access at WIA One-Stop Career Centers for persons with disabilities. GAO’s objectives were to assess: 1) the extent to which WIA One-Stop Career Centers have services and equipment that facilitate access for persons with disabilities; 2) the coordination between the One-Stop Career Centers and other employment programs for persons with disabilities; 3) the efforts to facilitate access and challenges to ensuring access to facilities and services at One-Stop Career Centers; and 4) to examine the employment outcomes for persons with disabilities from the WIA One-Stop Career Centers. Sherri Spencer ( spencer.sherri@dol.gov; 202-693-2772)

High Growth Job Training Initiative

Funding Opportunity Number: SGA/DFA-PY 04-1
Catalog of Federal Assistance Number: 17.261

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the availability of approximately $10 million in demonstration grant funds to address labor shortages, innovative training strategies, and other workforce challenges in the Healthcare and Biotechnology industries as identified through the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative.

The President's High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) is a strategic effort to prepare workers for new and increasing job opportunities in high growth/high demand and economically vital industries and sectors of the American economy. The initiative provides national leadership for a demand-driven workforce system by identifying high growth/high demand industries, evaluating their skills needs, and leveraging the publicly funded workforce system in collaboration with private and public sector partners to ensure that people are being trained with the skills required for positions in these rapidly expanding or transforming industries.

Grant funds awarded under the HGJTI should be used to develop and implement innovative solutions to workforce challenges identified by the Healthcare industry or Biotechnology industry. Each solution should take place in the context of a strategic partnership between the public workforce system, business and industry representatives, and education and training providers such as community colleges. It is anticipated that individual awards will fall within the range of $750,000 to $1 million. The closing date for receipt of applications is November 2, 2004.

Contact: http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?srch=105&FORM=AS5&q=September+17+FEDERAL+REGISTER

Trust Fund Loans

Outstanding Loans from the Federal Unemployment Account. Minnesota, New York, Missouri, and North Carolina have outstanding loans from the Federal Unemployment Account. Their balances as of September 16, 2004, are:

TEUC-A (for airline and related workers) Phase-out Continues. Unemployed workers with a TEUC-A benefit balance as of December 28, 2003, may continue to claim their remaining balance through the week ending January 1, 2005 (December 26, 2004, in New York). TEUC-A exhaustees may qualify for an extension of up to 13 weeks of benefits (TEUC-AX) through January 1, 2005, when their state is in a high unemployment period. No states are currently in a high unemployment period.

Contact: Ron Wilus (202-693-2931; wilus.ronald@dol.com)