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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 14

For the week ending April 22, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 30-04

Employers Affected by Recent Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

Purpose: To inform the state workforce agencies (SWAs) of special filing "relief periods" for WOTC/WtWTC certification requests in Presidential Disaster Areas (PDAs) struck by recent tropical storms and hurricanes and provide guidance for its implementation.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1724

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 31-04

Subject: Payment of Royalties on Intellectual Property Created with Federal Grant Funds

Purpose: To advise states of the general principles that apply to the payment of royalties on intellectual property that was created using Federal grant funds.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2073

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 29-04

Subject: Program Year 2005 Fringe Benefit Guidelines

Purpose: To issue fringe benefits guidelines for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1712



Departments of Labor and Education Announce 19 States Eligible to Apply for WIA Incentive Awards for PY 2003 Performance

The Department of Labor, in collaboration with the Department of Education, has announced that 19 states are eligible to apply for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) incentive awards under the WIA Regulations.

These 19 states have qualified to receive a share of the $16.6 million available for incentive grant awards under WIA section 503. These funds, which were contributed by the Department of Education from appropriations for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, are available to the states through June 30, 2007, to support innovative workforce development and education activities that are authorized under title I (Workforce Investment Systems) or Title II (the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)) of WIA, or under the Perkins Act (Pub. L. 105-332, 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.).

In order to qualify for a grant award, a state must have exceeded performance levels, agreed to by the Secretaries, Governor, and State Education Officer, for outcomes in WIA title I, adult education (AEFLA), and vocational education (Perkins Act) programs. The goals included placement after training, retention in employment, and improvement in literacy levels, among other measures. After review of the performance data submitted by states to the Department of Labor and to the Department of Education, each Department determined which states would qualify for incentives for its program(s).

These lists of eligible states were compared, and states that qualified under all three programs are eligible to receive an incentive grant award. The amount that each state is eligible to receive was determined by the Department of Labor and the Department of Education and is based on WIA section 503(c) (20 U.S.C. 9273(c)), and is proportional to the total funding received by these states for the three Acts.

The 19 eligible states must submit their applications for incentive funding to the Department of Labor by June 13, 2005. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-8449.pdf



Youth Vision Webinar

The Office of Youth Services (OYS) hosted its first Webinar for the Regional Youth Forum State Teams-- Demand-Driven Youth vision: Re-Engagement of Youth Forum State Teams on Thursday, April 28. School and Main facilitated discussions with the state teams around challenges, barriers, and successes on implementing the "New Youth Vision" at the state level. Based on feedback from the states, additional webinars may be conducted in response to the content suggested by these teams. There were 25 state teams represented on the webinar. The overwhelming feedback was to continue to use this approach for sharing information between states and the Federal collaborative team.

Contact: http://www.workforce3one.org/ and go to "Multi-media Information". It is listed under "Demand Drive Youth Vision"

ETA Announces PY 2005 Formula Allocations for National Farmworker Jobs Program

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has published the Program Year (PY) 2005 allocations for the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJB) authorized under Section 167 of the Workforce Investment Act. The allocations are distributed to the states by a formula that estimates, by state, the relative demand for NFJP services.

In appropriating the funds for PY 2005, Congress provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447) $76,370,000 for carrying out Section 167 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, including $71,787,000 for state service area grants, $4,583,000 for migrant and seasonal farmworker housing grants, and $504,000 for Section 167 training, technical assistance and related activities. Funds for migrant rest center activities are included in the $504,000 available for technical assistance and training. The April 27 FEDERAL REGISTER lists the PY 2005 allocations by state, and provides additional background on the funding methodology. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-8410.pdf

Job Corps H.I.R.E 40th Anniversary Event

On May 29, the BRG will join the Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary and the Leadership of Job Corps for a 40th Anniversary Event including a business roundtable targeted at understanding the workforce challenges in high growth industries, and hearing first hand from employers the best way for Job Corps to connect to their industry.

Contact: Linda Marshall (202-693-3106; marshall.linda@dol.gov)

Trust Fund Loans

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