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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.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1621


Upcoming ETA Meetings/ Events



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.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/topics.cfm?yr=2004&mth=11&id=416#416

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

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

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.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/whatsnew/new_releases/november182004-Massachusetts.cfm

Ohio: $818,617 to assist dislocated workers in Ohio. The grant will have an initial release of $288,516.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/whatsnew/new_releases/november172004-Ohio.cfm

Wisconsin: $937,283 to assist dislocated workers in Wisconsin. The grant will have an initial release of $398,989.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/whatsnew/new_releases/november172004-Wisconsin.cfm