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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 16

For the week ending May 6, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 20-01, Change 3

Subject: Application Process for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 503 Incentive Grants, Program Year (PY) 2003 Performance

Purpose: This guidance letter updates the procedures states should follow to apply for WIA section 503 Incentive Grants.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2077

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 Notice No. 29-04

Subject: Selected Unemployment Insurance Tax Data from Form ETA 581, Contribution Operations for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2004

Purpose: To provide summary performance data of the State Workforce Agencies' (SWAs) Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax programs and announce the posting of detailed performance data on the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Web site for the quarter ending (Q/E) June 30, 2004.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2076


Technical Assistance and Training

Workforce Innovations 2005

Workshop information is now available for the Workforce Innovations 2005 conference. Attendees can 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. The conference will showcase Integration, Transformation, and Innovation within the world of workforce investment.
Contact: http://www.workforceinnovations.org/workshops1.cfm



Useful Practices Database from United Ride Program

The Federal United We Ride team has recently announced the addition and integration of a fully comprehensive Useful Practices Database. This interactive database will assist individuals in the field to search by practice, population, geographic size, and state. This database will continuously play host to new submissions of practices taking place within communities as well as provide up to date contact information for the user. Communities and organizations are encouraged to submit their useful practice strategies for publication on the site. Contact: http://ftawebprod.fta.dot.gov/UsefulPractices/

OVAE Publishes Priorities for School Dropout Prevention; Collaboration and Partnership with WIA Title I and Workforce Development Agencies Emphasized for Applicants

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) has set forth its proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria under the School Dropout Prevention (SDP) program. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2005 and later years. OVAE intends to use "the priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria to strengthen the quality of applications and provide greater understanding of the Department of Education's intent regarding the direction of this program." The two proposed principal priorities are: (1) Collaboration with Other Agencies and (2) Individual Performance Plans for At-Risk Incoming Ninth Grade Students.

The May 13 FEDERAL REGISTER provides additional background and instructions for the submission of comments. Comments must be submitted on or before June 13, 2005.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/059618.pdf



FY 2005 Annual Performance Accountability Report (APAR)

PROTECH has requested from all ETA program and regional offices their success stories and photos. The deadline for the submission is Friday, May 27.
Contact: Courtney Chung (202-693-3154 ; Chung.Courtney@dol.gov)

Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL)

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL) is a large-scale co-operative effort undertaken by governments, national statistics agencies, research institutions and multi-lateral agencies. The development and management of the study were coordinated by Statistics Canada and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in collaboration with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the United States Department of Education, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC) and the Institute for Statistics (UIS) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The ALL study builds on the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), the world’s first internationally comparative survey of adult skills undertaken in three rounds of data collection between 1994 and 1998. The foundation skills measured in the ALL survey include prose literacy, document literacy, innumeracy, and problem solving. Additional skills assessed indirectly include familiarity with and use of information and communication technologies.

This volume presents an initial set of findings for a group of seven countries or regions that collected data in 2003. They include Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the United States and the Mexican State of Nuevo Leon. As this report goes to press a second group of countries is in the field preparing for their ALL data collection in 2005.

Contact: Tara Smith (202-693-3899; smith.tara@dol.gov) or http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/89-603-XIE/2005001/summary.htm