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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 1

For the week ending January 7, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 12-04

Subject: Changes to the Agricultural and Food Processing Clearance Order, ETA Form 790

Purpose: To transmit the updated Agricultural and Food Processing Clearance Order, ETA Form 790 and instructions.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1669

Training and Employment Notice No. 14-04

Subject: Notice of the 2005 Monitor Advocate Training

Purpose: To inform State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) of the 2005 Monitor Advocate Training being held in Garden Grove, California, March 14-17, 2005

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1671



Department of Education Publishes Guidance on Revisions to Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

The Department of Education is seeking a revision to its Adult Education and Family Literacy Act State Plan through a publication of a Policy Memorandum designed to advise states about the planning requisites for program continuation.

The January 10 FEDERAL REGISTER provides background on the associated information collection request, details the desired focus of comments, and provides burden hour estimates. Comments are due to the Department of Education by March 11.

The Department of Education has provided additional documentation on the planning process (including the Policy Memorandum) on its Web site. Section 12.4 of the guidance addresses "One-Stop Participation."

To assist states in developing revisions to their plans, we are reinstating our original Guide, which includes appropriate references to various sections of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) or federal regulations. Submissions currently required need be only pertinent revisions, not full plans. In addition to new performance levels for Program Year 2005-2006, for example, states receiving Census-driven increases in their allotments would indicate what new state leadership activities they planned to undertake. States revising their funding formulas would outline these new formulas in their state plan revisions. These revisions are simply updated sections of the original plans. Revisions must meet requirements set for the original sections summarized below.

Revisions to the five-year state plan must be submitted to the Department of Education by April 1, 2005.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-435.pdf

National Telecommunications and Information Administration Seeks Comments on Impact of Technology Opportunity Program (TOP) Grants

The purpose of the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP), is to promote the use of advanced telecommunications and information technologies in the non-profit and public sectors. These projects encourage the deployment of broadband infrastructure, services, and applications throughout the Nation. TOP projects demonstrate how digital networks support lifelong learning for all Americans, help public safety officials protect the public, assist in the delivery of health care and public health services, and foster communication, resource-sharing, and economic development.

NTIA is interested in the effects that the funded projects are having at the local level and, over the long term, at the national level. It is NTIA's intention to understand the nature and degree of those effects on the organizations implementing the projects, other organizations that are involved with the projects, the individuals who are served by the projects, and the community as a whole.

NTIA outlines its method of collection (i.e. a web-based structured reporting system) in the January 12 FEDERAL REGISTER, and requests comments from stakeholders and the public.

Comments are due by March 14. Comments should be addressed to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet dHynek@doc.gov).

Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Clifton Beck, NTIA, Room H-4888, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet cbeck@ntia.doc.gov).

TOP Program Information: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/top/grants/briefhistory_gf.htm

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-563.pdf



Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Revenue Ruling

ETA attended a meeting held on January 6, 2005 with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding the WOTC program. The meeting was requested by attorneys from the D.C.-based law firm Dewey Ballantine and National Association of State Workforce Agencies to seek information and a commitment from IRS officials to work together to reach a settlement plan necessitated by the November 2003 IRS TANF Revenue Ruling. The ruling clarifies target group definitions and expands eligibility in four of the nine WOTC and Welfare-to-WorkTax Credit target groups. The ruling is also retroactive to 1996 and represents a significant recertification workload. All businesses that received denials in the affected target groups may be entitled to a recertification based on an IRS corrected eligibility interpretation. Other meeting attendees included representatives from three large consultant firms, ADP, CIC and Ernst and Young. IRS requested additional details and promised to continue the dialogue to resolve the issues. Contact: Carmen Ortiz (ortiz.carmen@dol.gov; 202-693-2786)