Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 3, Number 43
For the week ending November 19, 2004
(For Internal Use Only)
Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 9-04
Subject: Services Authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program
Purpose: To inform the state workforce agencies (SWAs) of their responsibility to provide certain services under the TAA for Farmers program established by the Trade Act of 2002 and administered by the USDA.
Upcoming ETA Meetings/ Events
December 13-14 – Regional Youth Forum, Phoenix, AZ
Contact: Ray Gonzales in Region 4 (214-767-2154; email@example.com)
Contact: Donald Enochson in Region 6 (415-975-4641; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Labor Certification: Department Announces the Opening of Two Backlog Centers in Philadelphia and Dallas
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the opening of two backlog elimination centers to expedite the processing
of permanent foreign labor certification applications. The centers, located in Philadelphia and Dallas, will handle the
processing of approximately 310,000 backlogged applications over the next two years.
Enhanced Usability and Access to High-Growth Information on Career Voyages and Doleta.gov Web sites
On Career Voyages, all of the high growth industries are now available in the left hand navigation bar instead of on a separate "Emerging Fields" tab for biotechnology and geospatial technology. Also, the exit pages to the occupation reports in each industry have been replaced with disclaimers at the bottom of the reports smoothing the transition for the user. The Business & Industry tab on Doleta.gov has been revised to improve the accessibility of information coming from the BRG. Further improvements to this page will be coming soon with the creation of a High Growth Job Training Grants Information Center and a "What's New" button for easy access to the latest information.
Contacts: http://www.careervoyages.gov/students-main.cfm and http://www.doleta.gov/
Trust Fund Loans
Outstanding Loans from the Federal Unemployment Account
Minnesota, New York, and Missouri have outstanding loans from the Federal Unemployment Account. Their balances as of November 10, 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; email@example.com)
National Emergency Grants (NEG)
Massachusetts: Up to $1.3 million to assist dislocated workers in Massachusetts. The grant will have an initial
release of $497,364.
Ohio: $818,617 to assist dislocated workers in Ohio. The grant will have an initial release of $288,516.
Wisconsin: $937,283 to assist dislocated workers in Wisconsin. The grant will have an initial release of $398,989.