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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 15

For the week ending April 29, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Notice 28-04

Subject: Release and Availability of ETA Occasional Paper 2005-05: "The Next Generation of Workforce Development Project: A Six-State Policy Academy to Enhance Connections between Workforce and Economic Development Policy: Final Report"

Purpose: To announce the release and availability of ETA's Occasional Paper 2005-05: The Next Generation of Workforce Development Project: A Six-State Policy Academy to Enhance Connections between Workforce and Economic Development Policy: Final Report. This report, prepared by the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices, shares the challenges, experiences, and lessons learned by six states Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia, that participated in this research project.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2075

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 22-05

Subject: Unemployment Insurance Data Validation (UI DV) Program Software and Policy Guidance

Purpose: To provide policy guidance on how the data validation program will be administered and information about the characteristics of UI DV software currently under development.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2074

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 21-05

Subject: Use of Identifying Information on Unemployment Insurance (UI) Documents

Purpose: To remind State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) that information sufficient to identify unemployment insurance claimants must be provided to employers in order to permit them to participate in claims processes related to their former employees.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1713


Technical Assistance and Training

Workforce Innovations 2005: Conference Update on Speakers, Features, Registration

Workforce Innovations 2005 (July 11-13, 2005, Philadelphia, PA) is an opportunity to Network with the nation's key workforce investment leaders, business executives, workforce board members, education policy makers, and other change agents at the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration's premier workforce investment conference.

No other forum offers this much expert insight into the challenges faced as today's solutionsbased revolution in workforce investment advances. The conference will showcase Integration, Transformation, and Innovation within the world of workforce investment.

Elaine L. Chao, Secretary
United States Department of Labor

Secretary Chao will be the opening keynote speaker at Workforce Innovations 2005.

FEATURED SPEAKER: Michael J. Mandel, Chief Economist: Business Week
His latest book, Rational Exuberance: Silencing the Enemies of Growth and Why the Future Is Better than You Think, explains why the U.S. may be on the verge of another technology-driven boom, and what that could mean for workers and employers.

Workshop topics will be posted this week on the Web site. Contact: http://www.WorkforceInnovations.org

O*NET Resource Center

Testing and assessment guides that are available through the O*NET Resource Center:



The Next Generation of Workforce Development Project: A Six-State Policy Academy to Enhance the Connections Between Workforce and Economic Development Policy

To assist states in preparing for the demands of the new economy, the National Governors Association's (NGA) Center for Best Practices implemented an initiative titled "State Leadership in the Global Economy." The initiative was developed to provide governors with the critical knowledge and policy tools needed to support long-term cluster-based economic development by leveraging regional workforce, science, and technology capabilities and to restructure workforce development in response to the changing economy.

Underwritten by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Ford Foundation, the economic development project was a yearlong effort to assist governors in developing strategies for a global economy. During this project, NGA partnered with the Council on Competitiveness to form a Task Force on State Leadership in the Global Economy. This project was a partnership between the NGA Center for Best Practices and three university-based policy centers and was conducted in two phases -- research and planning activities in phase one and a policy academy in phase two.

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/reports/searcheta/occ/papers/FINAL_DOL_Workforce_Academy_Report_es.pdf