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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 21

For the week ending June 24, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 37-04

Subject: Program year 2005 Planning Instructions and Allotments for All Applicants

Purpose: To provide all SCSEP applicants with grant application instructions and procedures for Program Year (PY) 2005 beginning July 1, 2005.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2087

Paperwork Reduction Act Information

The Employment and Training Administration has received emergency clearance from OMB of revisions to the following reporting and recordkeeping requirements: the Workforce Investment Act Information Management System, the Trade Act Participant Reporting System, the Labor Exchange Reporting System for programs administered under the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Veterans Employment and Training Service, and the Reporting and Performance Standards System for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Programs under Title I, Section 167 of the WIA. The approval of these revisions is for six months, therefore, ETA will also be submitting a request for full approval (up to 3 years) of these changes, including a 60-day public comment period.

These reporting systems have been modified, where appropriate, to include data elements necessary to assess grantee progress against a set of common performance measures, and to reflect changes in program services and reporting requirements resulting from Federal legislative actions (e.g., 2002 TAA Reform Act; Jobs for Veterans Act, P.L. 107-288).

Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/Performance/guidance/wia.cfm



National Emergency Grant Funds

The Department of Labor announced June 28th that more than $28 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds has been awarded to 35 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, each of which could be affected by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations.

Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20051123.htm

Parents and Teachers Association (PTA)

On June 24, 2005 the Assistant Secretary announced a $480,000 investment in a partnership with the PTA. The Jobs for the 21st Century Career Information Campaign will disseminate information about high growth, high demand careers to youth, parents, and teachers. Because parents and teachers are the two most powerful influences in the development of a child’s educational and career aspirations, it is important for the Department to provide them up-to-date information on 21st century career and job opportunities. Informing parents and teachers about resources available through the public workforce system will help focus young people on their career choices and provide them the tools they need to succeed. Elements of the partnership include:

Contact: Jennifier McNelly (mcnelly.jennifer@dol.gov; 202-693-3369)

Transit Workforce Solutions Webinar

On June 21, BRG staff participated in a webinar hosted by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) on Workforce Solutions in the transit sector. BRG staff provided APTA members with an overview of the public workforce system and the Transportation High Growth Job Training Initiative.

Contact: Tom Hooper (hooper.thomas@dol.gov; 202-693-3865)

Co-Enrollment Study

Eight state workforce agencies have volunteered to participate in a co-enrollment study for Trade and Dislocated Workers (DW). States participating will be: Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. Co-enrollment in these states will be required of all Trade participants beginning October 1, 2005. The purpose of the pilot project will be to test the WIA and TAA performance impact of mandatory co-enrollment in an environment where the participating states will be held harmless for WIA performance standard consequences. The co-enrolled Trade participants will be excluded from the DW performance measures for PY06 and PY07 if such co-enrollment adversely affects the State’s DW program outcomes. The pilot will also address the impact on TAA Program performance when TAA participants have received the same scope and intensity of wrap-around services provided to WIA participants. Social Policy Research Associates was selected to conduct the pilot project and will begin contacting selected state agencies to provide technical assistance for implementing the co-enrollment study to ensure consistency in providing a full complement of services available from both programs.

Contacts: Gail Eulenstein (eulenstein.gail@dol.gov; 202-693-3013) and Ray Palmer (palmer.raymond@dol.gov; 202-693-3535)

PRA Demonstration in PY 2005

The Office of Adult Services has taken several steps to lay the foundation for continuance of the PRA Demonstration project in PY 2005. ETA leadership has approved the usage of the 2005 RES fund allotment for PRAs in the seven pioneering states that started the Demonstration in 2004. Moreover, resources allow for two additional, volunteering states to begin the demonstration in PY 2005. RES allotments for all of the participating states will be matched with WIA-DW TAT funds dollar for dollar, not to exceed $750,000 in each state. Finally, to reward PRA high achievers from the first year of the demonstration, a small amount of supplemental funds will be divided among three participating states that are interested in garnering additional finances. Which three states receive the awards will be determined based on the merit of a short synopsis they must submit to ETA, showcasing their PRA Demonstration achievements to date. A PY 2005 RES allotment TEGL, which incorporates information on how PRAs will be handled has been developed and following clearance will be distributed to the system.

Contact: Christine Cremer (cremer.christine@dol.gov; 202-693-3387)