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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 8

For the week ending March 11, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)




WIA Reform Facts - February 9 through March 8 Compilation

WIA "Reform Facts" have been updated through March 8.

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/whatsnew/eta_default.cfm?id=1143


Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 19-04

Subject: FY 2005 Alien Labor Certification Grant Guidance

Purpose: To provide guidance for the funding and management of FY 2005 annual grant allocations for the Alien Labor Certification (ALC) program.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1689

Training and Employment Notice No. 20-04

Subject: Selected Data from Form ETA 581, Contribution Operations for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2004.

Purpose: To distribute a report of State Workforce Agencies`(SWAs`) Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax program performance for the quarter ending March 31, 2004, as derived from Form ETA 581, Contribution Operations.



The Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) has announced several grant opportunities

The primary objective of the Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program is to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. RBS has identified a total of $992,000 of non-earmarked funds for this program in FY 2005. To ensure that a broad range of communities have the opportunity to benefit from the available funds, no grant will exceed $50,000, unless it is a multi-State project where funds may not exceed $150,000. A total of $992,000 has been earmarked for Native Americans and a total of $992,000 for Empowerment Zones, Enterprise Communities, and Rural Economic Area Partnerships. There is no project dollar amount limitation on applications for earmarked funds. Awards are made on a competitive basis.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is May 27, 2005.

The March 16 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-5125.pdf

Department of Education Publishes Thirty-Day Notice Regarding Revision to Adult Education and Family Literacy Act State Plan

The Department of Education has published a thirty-day notice in the March 15 FEDERAL REGISTER regarding the revision to the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act State Plan.

Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 14, 2005. Written comments should be addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, Desk Officer, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or faxed to (202) 395-6974.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-5002.pdf



Department Offers Employers Database of Qualified College Students and Graduates Seeking Summer and Full-time Jobs

A free database that identifies 1,913 qualified college students and recent graduates with disabilities who seek summer and fulltime employment is available for the tenth year to public and private sector employers to help them meet their staffing needs.

The Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is offering the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) database of job seekers with disabilities in cooperation with the Department of Defense. Through ODEP's complimentary CD-ROM database, employers can search from a pool of pre-screened applicants who have skills in disciplines ranging from computer sciences and business to communications, engineering, office administration and more. Searches generate candidate profiles, academic and demographic data, and contact information for students from more than 200 colleges and universities in over 45 states and territories.

Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20050456.htm

Trust Fund Loans

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