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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 22

For the week ending July 1, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)

 

 

Policy

State Plans

The State Plan review teams and Division of One-Stop Operations completed the final letters approving all state plans on June 30, 2005. States that needed additional information to ensure their plans were consistent with WIA were asked to supply that information by August 15, 2005. In addition, the review teams identified areas in which the states could strengthen their plans. The Regional Offices will use this information for technical assistance and monitoring purposes. Chris Kulick (kulick.christine@dol.gov; 202-693-3937)

Waiver Requests

191 waiver requests, including 3 requests for work-flex designation, were submitted with Strategic State Plans for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act for the two-year period, July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2007.

More requests were received during the recent state planning process than have been received over the past 5 years. To date (from WIA inception to June 30, 2005), 51 states, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia, have submitted a total of 353 waiver requests. Documents related to the disposition states’ waiver submissions can be viewed at http://waivers.doleta.gov/

Contact: Sean kelly (kelly.sean@dol.gov; 202-693-3994)

Directives

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 1-05

Subject: New Rules Allowing Use of WIA Title I Financial Assistance for Religious Training and Employment, and Making Other Changes to Religion-Related Regulations Governing Recipients of DOL Support Including the One-Stop Career Center Service Delivery System and the Job Corps

Purpose: To notify all State Workforce Agencies (SWA) and other stakeholders within the One-Stop Career Center service delivery system that amendments to DOL regulations permit the use, in defined circumstances, of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I financial assistance for training and employment of WIA participants in religious activities. The amendments also clarify other religion-related requirements government both the workforce investment system and other recipients of Federal support from the Department of Labor (DOL or the Department). This guidance explains and interprets the amendments and requires various action to implement them.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2088

 

Technical Assitance and Training

Training on Revised Reporting Requirements

PROTECH, OWI, and ONR staff will offer training to states on the implementation of the common performance measures policy and the revised reporting requirements for the WIA title 1B, Employment Service/VETS, and Trade Programs. Training will be held in Philadelphia on July 14-15, in Phoenix on July 20 -21, and in Chicago on July 27-28.

Contact: Gail Sather (sather.gail@dol.gov; 202-693-3995)

National Technical Assistance and Training Conference for Competitive Grantees (for Veterans Programs)

The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Services is hosting a national technical assistance and training conference for competitive grantees receiving funding awards for Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP), and Incarcerated Veterans' Transition Program (IVTP) on August 8 - 12, 2005 in Denver.

Contact: http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/2005GranteeConf.htm

 

Miscellaneous

FY 2005 Annual Performance Accountability Report (APAR)

PROTECH received FY 05 APAR narrative and Appendix 2 formats from Center for Program Planning and Results. PROTECH preloaded them with the most up-to-date information and sent out the APAR guidance, final data estimation plans, APAR narratives and Appendix 2 to program offices for their review and edits. These assignments to relevant program offices are due on July 29th and August 24th respectively.

Contact: Jim Woods (woods.jim@dol.gov; 202-3641)

Foreign Labor Certifications: ETA Announces Organizational Reassignment and Delegation of Functions Under 20 CFR Parts 655 and 656

The Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training has reassigned all functions of the Regional Administrators of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Director of the United States Employment Service under 20 CFR parts 655 and 656 (in effect through March 27, 2005) to the Chief, Division of Foreign Labor Certification.

These functions relate to labor certifications for temporary and permanent employment of immigrant and nonimmigrant aliens in the United States. The reassignment of functions was made by Employment and Training Order Number 2-05 which is published in the July 7 FEDERAL REGISTER.

Contact: http://www.oalj.dol.gov/public/ina/refrnc/69_Fed_Reg_77326.pdf