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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 5

For the week ending February 4 – 18, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)





Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 10-05

Subject: Interest Rate on Title XII Advances During Calendar Year (CY) 2005

Purpose: To announce the rate of interest the U.S. Treasury Department will charge on Title XII advances (loans) during CY 2005.

Contract: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1678

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 9-05

Subject: Increase in Federal Military Pensions

Purpose: To transmit information on the Federal military retired pay annual cost of living adjustments (COLAs).

Contract: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1670

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 8-05

Subject: Minimum Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Weekly Benefit Amount: January 1 - March 31, 2005

Purpose: To transmit the subject computation for State Workforce Agency usage in computing minimum weekly DUA amounts for all major disasters declared during the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2005.

Contract: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1668


Training and Technical Assistance

Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference

The 26th National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference will be held on April 24-29 at the Hyatt Regency Houston. Over 600 representatives including WIA Directors; tribal officials representing tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native villages and organizations; and Native Hawaiians that receive section 166 funds are expected to attend.
Contact: Athena Brown (brown.athena@dol.gov; 202-693-3737)



Governors Invited To Nominate Communities for National United We Ride Awards

The Federal Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility announced Governors are invited to nominate up to two candidate communities for the 2005 National United We Ride Leadership Awards. This year’s awards are in recognition of individual community achievement in developing coordinated human service transportation systems for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with lower incomes. Communities (urban, suburban, rural, or tribal) eligible for an award include those coordinating efforts between a variety of funding sources at the local, State, and federal levels that can demonstrate successful strategies and outcomes related to human service transportation coordination. Eligible nominees must also demonstrate successful collaborative strategies and partnerships between government agencies, transportation agencies, human service agencies, stakeholder organizations, and consumers. The deadline is April 1, 2005. Contact: www.unitedweride.gov or Elizabeth Solomon, Federal Transit Administration at (202) 366-0242.



DOL Posts New Changes to Youth Employment Rules On-Line

DOL has updated its on-line elaws Advisor on child labor to help young people, parents, teachers and employers understand changes to youth employment rules that went into effect Feb. 14. The new rules expand protections for youth working in restaurant cooking, roofing and driving, among other changes. The online elaws FLSA Child Labor Rules Advisor is a comprehensive, plain language source for information about Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules that apply to young workers, including wage payment issues, the hours youth can work and the jobs they can and cannot perform. To access the advisor, visit http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/cl. Other compliance assistance materials on the updated employment rules for youth are available at the department's YouthRules! Web site at www.youthrules.dol.gov or its Wage and Hour Division website at www.wagehour.dol.gov. Information may also be obtained by calling the toll-free Wage and Hour help line at 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243). Contact: www.youthrules.dol.gov

Personal Reemployment Accounts

ETA announced that seven states participating in the Personal Reemployment Account (PRA) pilot program have had their plans approved and will soon begin their respective projects. At least 2200 workers are expected to take part.

PRAs are personally managed funds that eligible unemployed workers use to purchase intensive career, job training and supportive services and products from public One-Stop Career Centers, the marketplace, or a combination of the two.

All seven states will offer PRAs of $3,000 and will exercise 60 percent/40 percent bonus payouts from funds left over in a PRA when a person becomes employed quickly and then retains employment for six months. Additionally, Texas will grant a higher bonus amount to any PRA jobseeker who becomes employed by or before the 10th week of unemployment compensation. Minnesota will determine varying bonus amounts based, in part, on weekly UI benefit amounts.

West Virginia will implement PRAs statewide in contrast to Mississippi, Florida, Idaho, and Montana, each of which has identified local areas within their states to test and compare. In Mississippi, comparisons will take place in Tunica and Harrison Counties. Florida will test PRAs in 12 counties including Calhoun, Holmes, Liberty, Jackson, Washington, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla and Pinellas. Idaho officials will compile results in Coeur d' Alene and Idaho Falls. And Montana will test PRAs in Cut Bank, Lewiston, Belgrade and Butte. Results from the PRA pilots are due to be filed quarterly with the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/awn-news/eta_default.cfm?id=515

ETA Publishes WIA and Wagner-Peyser Planning Guidance in FEDERAL REGISTER

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is seeking an extension and revision of a currently approved information collection -- Planning Guidance and Instructions for Submission of the Strategic Five Year State Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and the Wagner Peyser Act.

The February 7 FEDERAL REGISTER notes:

All current WIA Strategic Plans will expire June 30, 2005. It is unlikely that Congress will pass a reauthorized Workforce Investment Act (WIA) before that time. Therefore, the enclosed Proposed WIA Planning Guidance is designed to advise States about how to continue their WIA Title I and Wagner-Peyser programs under Public Law 105-220. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-2441.pdf

Trust Fund Loans

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