Workforce Update - January 14, 2008
National Current Developments
Workers Cap Reached
ETA Provides States with Information on FY 2007 and FY 2008 Rescissions
The memorandum sent by ETA includes a number of charts that provide preliminary estimates of the impact for each state of the retroactive rescissions. Additional guidance in the form of a TEGL, along with final estimates will be sent to states by mid-February or earlier.
In addition to the memo, ETA has developed a draft set of Questions and Answers on the rescissions, as well as a map that depicts the impact of the rescissions by state, based on the preliminary estimates. The Q&A states that Congress enacted the rescissions in the FY 2008 and the FY 2007 appropriation acts, and the Department of Labor is required to implement them. It is important to note that the Department of Labor's FY 2008 Budget Proposal recommended a rescission of $335 million from WIA funds.
Please see the following links to view the documents:
Unfortunately, the rescissions are final and cannot be reversed. For the future, States are encouraged to keep their Congressional Delegations informed about the impact on their workforce services in the state. The upcoming FY 2009 budget process will kick off in a few weeks when the President unveils his proposed FY 2009 budget in early February.
Senior Staff Changes Continue
John Ladd has been appointed as the new administrator of Apprenticeship, and Jacqui Shoholm will be moving to ORIT. In addition, Chris Paslawski will be returning to ETA from another agency in the Department to work in the Office of Policy Development and Research, focusing on budget issues. Finally, Ralph DiBattista will move into the deputy administrator role in the Office of National Response (ONR) and Erin Fitzgerald will serve as the "Acting" Trade Director until the position is filled.
Shares Vision on STEM
The TEN catalogues the Department's current contributions to a stronger STEM pipeline, and examines the role of the public workforce system in building and sustaining a prepared STEM workforce. It provides synopses of programs and initiatives which are "potential resources for furthering the acquisition of STEM skills among adult and youth learners." The TEN also conveys a report (The STEM Workforce Challenge: The Role of the Public Workforce System in a National Solution for a Competitive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Workforce) prepared for the Department by Jobs for the Future.
For a copy of the TEN, go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov:80/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2568
Proposes Revision to Information Collection for WOTC Program
Legislation signed by the President last May extended and modified the WOTC Program for a continuing 44-month period through August 31, 2011. The new provisions and amendments to certain target groups apply to new hires that begin to work for an employer after May 25. Previous legislation consolidated the program by merging the Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit into the WOTC, as well as streamlining the program and to make it easier for the business sector to participate. As a result, there are numerous reporting, processing and administrative forms and materials for the program, including implementation of an automated system for processing and reporting.
The January 9 Federal Register provides full background, summarizes burden hour estimates and describes the desired focus for public comment. This notice also provides instructions for obtaining a copy of the information collection request and the submission of comments. Comments are requested by March 10.
Publishes Five-Year Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Plan (2007 -
A downloadable PDF copy of the plan will be available on the ETA Occasional Paper Web site.
For additional information, please contact Heidi M. Casta, USDOL/ETA, Office of Policy Development and Research; phone: (202) 693-3700; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
News from NGA
Additional Materials Posted on NGA 2007 Workforce Development Policy
Forum, "Competing in an Innovation Economy," Wiki
For those who attended the Forum, we encourage you to complete the electronic evaluation that is available on the Wiki. It can be returned by e-mail or fax. If returned by fax, please alert Tiffany Boiman by e-mail at email@example.com.
To access the Wiki, go to: http://innovationandprosperity.pbwiki.com/
The Next Skills Academy for Sector Leaders Announced
To support the next generation of innovative leaders in sectoral workforce development, the Sector Skills Academy was created to provide a unique opportunity for peer learning, skills development, and professional growth. The Sector Skills Academy is a joint project of the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative and Public/Private Ventures, with principle support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Designed for leaders from states, community-based organizations, community colleges, labor-management partnerships and business associations, the Academy is a year-long program involving workshops, mentoring, technical assistance and peer support. During the three 3-day workshop participants will hear from leading sectoral practitioners, share ideas and experiences, and develop relationships that will influence the future of sectoral workforce development strategies.
The Academy's fourth class of approximately 25 participants will begin in June 2008. In addition to being exposed to innovative ideas and creative leaders in today's sectoral development field, participants also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced professionals serving as mentors.
Applications to the Academy will be accepted through March 3, 2008. To learn more about the Academy, visit: www.sectorskillsacademy.org. If you are ready to apply you can download an application and send it in.
by Kathleen Cashen and edited by NGA Center staff