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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 49

For the week ending December 31, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Notice No. 13-04

Subject: Availability of On-Line Training for Enhancing WIA Performance Outcomes for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Programs.

Purpose: To announce the availability of the Performance Enhancement Project (PEP) on-line tutorial for WIA performance measures. The tutorial is designed to explain WIA performance measures in a simple and easy to understand manner and to show the effect of the actions of program staff on reported performance outcomes.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1664



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Contact: Sean Kelly (202-693-3994; kelly.sean@dol.gov)



The Social Security Administration has announced the award of Work Incentives Assistance Program Grants to State Protection and Advocacy Systems for the period December 1, 2004 through November 30, 2005. The purpose of this program is to provide individuals with disabilities who receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits, information and advice about obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services. The purpose is also to provide advocacy or other services that beneficiaries with a disability may need to secure, maintain, or regain gainful employment.

The Request for Applications was originally published as Program Announcement No. SSA-OESP-04-1. The authority for these grants is found in section 1150 of the Social Security Act, as added by section 122 of Public Law 106-170 (the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999), and amended by sections 404 and 477 of Public Law 108-203. This section, State Grants for Work Incentives Assistance to Disabled Beneficiaries, authorized the Commissioner to make payments only to the designated Protection and Advocacy Systems established under title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (subsequently replaced by title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Public Law 106-402). Formulabased award amounts are derived from the Social Security Administration's disability population statistics for each State and Territory. Contact: Jennifer DeBoy at 410-965-8658

FTA Publishes FY 2005 Fiscal Year 2005 Apportionments, Allocations and Program Information; Describes Funding and Application Requirements Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (JARC)

The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program provides funding for transportation services designed to increase access to jobs and employment-related activities. Job Access projects are those that transport welfare recipients and low-income individuals, including economically disadvantaged persons with disabilities, in urban, suburban, or rural areas to and from jobs and activities related to their employment. Reverse Commute projects provide transportation services for the general public from urban, suburban, and rural areas to suburban employment opportunities. A total of up to $10,000,000 from the appropriation may be used for Reverse Commute Projects. The 2005 Appropriations Act provides $124,000,000 for the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program after the across-the-board 0.80 percent rescission. The total amount allocated to JARC projects is $123,702,400.

Funds for JARC projects competitively selected by FTA remain available for two fiscal years following the fiscal year of selection. No projects competitively selected in previous fiscal years remain available for obligation in FY 2005. Congressional allocations of JARC projects remain available to the designated entity unless reallocated by Congress. Congress did not reallocate unobligated Congressional allocations for JARC projects from fiscal years 2002 in the 2005 Appropriations Act, so they remain available for obligation. Projects designated prior to FY 2002 were reallocated in prior years.

The December 29 FEDERAL REGISTER contains the full FTA announcement and additional information on JARC.

For more information about the JARC program contact Gregory D. Brown, Office of Resource Management and States Program, at (202) 366-2053. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-28408.pdf



ETA to Hold Public Briefings and "Open Houses" on New Permanent Labor Certification Program

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced that four public briefings will be held in early 2005 to educate the public on the use of the new permanent foreign labor certification program. The briefings will be held in Chicago (January 11); Atlanta (January 12); Costa Mesa, California (January 25); and Washington, D.C. (February 3). In addition, "open houses" will be held in conjunction with the briefings in Chicago (January 10) and Atlanta (January 11).

The January 5 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background on these briefings and "open houses," outlines dates and venues, and furnishes the registration and agency contact information.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-156.pdf