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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 18

For the week ending June 3, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)





TEGL 36-04 Has Been Suspended

At the request of OMB, TEGL 36-04on "Application of the Definition of Adversely Affected Worker in Determining Eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)," which was placed in the ETA library last week, has been suspended. ETA has been informed that OMB is requiring ETA to conduct a cost analysis before changing policy. NASWA had published a synopsis of the TEGL 36-04 in its Friday bulletin which was sent to State administrators and the link to the TEGL was published on NASWA's main page. While NASWA has already been informed of the suspension, ETA staffmay be receiving inquiries.

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 16-03, Change 2

Subject: Use of National Emergency Grant (NEG) Fundsunder the Workforce Investment Act, as Amended, to support Activities Related to the 2005 Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC2005) Commission.

Purpose: To announce the availability of NEG funds to help states initiate early community planning to ensure an effective workforce investment system response to worker impact that may result from the closure and realignment actions as a result of BRAC2005 and to provide assistance for workers and spouses affected by BRAC2005 final actions.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2081

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 35-04

Subject: Program Year (PY) 2005 Comprehensive Services Program and Supplemental Youth Services Program Funding Allotment and Recommended Performance Levels

Purpose: To transmit planning guidance on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 166 two- year plan for the PY 2004-2005 Comprehensive Services Program (CSP) and the Supplemental Youth Services Program (SYSP) funding allotments and recommended performance levels for PY.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2083



Grants to Help Build Health Care and Biotechnology Workforces

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the grants selected from nearly 230 applicants competing for funding under thePresident's High Growth Job Training Initiative.More than $12 million is being awarded nationwide to address opportunities to build a world-class health care and biotechnology workforce.

Of the 12 grants awarded as a result of aSept. 17, 2004 Solicitation for Grant Applications, four grants will fund biotechnology industry training, six will fund health care industry training and two will provide cross- industry training. Funds will advance projects in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

Profiles of these grantees are now available Employment and Training Administration's Business Relations Group webpage.

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/BRG/Indprof/ETA_awards_Grants.cfm

Community-Based Job Training Grants

On May 17, ETA hosted the second of three prospective applicant conferences for Community-Based Job Training Grants viaawebinar on Workforce3One. The conference had 250 participants and fielded over 100 questions. For more information on the prospective applicant conferences, please visit:

Contact: http://www.workforce3one.org/content/public/CommunityBasedJTG.cfm

BRAC 2005: ETA Responds to the Base Realignment and Closure Recommendations

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA)has announced that special tools and services will be available for civilian and military workers and area businesses affected by 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) announcement.

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/BRAC/