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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 41

For the week ending October 22, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)



Upcoming ETA Meetings/ Events




Grants.gov is the single Web site unifying federal grants. Through Grants.gov, state, local, and tribal governments, colleges and universities, non-profits, research institutions, and other organizations can access, find, and apply for grants from more than 900 grant programs representing more than $360 billion in annual grant funds offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

Grants.gov represents a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Collaborative partners include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor and Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.

Contact: Grants.gov



Workforce Investment Act Performance Data Quality Study (Government Accountability Office (GAO) Job Code 130389)

PROTECH staff attended a GAO entrance conference held on October 20 to discuss expanding the scope of the study to include the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA) program. The primary objectives of the study are to examine: 1) the status of states' efforts to establish data systems and what safeguards are currently in place to protect data integrity and reliability, 2) what states are doing to implement Labor’s new provisions for ensuring data quality, 3) if Labor's approach fully addresses data quality issues, and 4) whether there is adequate capacity at the federal, state, and local level to implement these provisions. Contact: Doha Melhem (202-693-3141; melhem.doha@dol.gov)

Worker Opportunity Tax Credit: Legislation Extends Tax Credit for Two-Year Period; Updated WOTC Fact Sheet Available

On October 4, the President signed into law the Working Families Tax-Relief Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-311). This legislation extends the WOTC program and the WtW tax credits, without change, for a two-year period through December 31, 2005. The reauthorization is retroactive to December 31, 2003 and applies to new hires that begin work for an employer after December 31, 2003 and before January 1, 2006.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has updated the WOTC "Fact Sheet" to reflect this change. Contact: http://www.uses.doleta.gov/wotcdata.asp

ETA Publishes List of Labor Surplus Areas for FY 2005

The Employment and Training Administration has published the annual list of labor surplus areas for Fiscal Year 2005. This list is effective October 1, 2004 for all states.

The October 28 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background on the classification background, describes the relevant Executive Orders and implementing regulations, lists the State Workforce Agencies, and enumerates the eligible labor surplus areas with civil jurisdictions noted. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-24138.pdf