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Newsletter Photos - September 15, 2011

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Vice President Joe Biden holds an Anti-Fraud/Government Waste Cabinet meeting with Jack Lew, Director of the office of Management and Budget, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, September 14, 2011. Also in attendance are Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, Director, Office of Personnel Management John Berry and Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann).

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O'Shell Howell, Jeffrey Gabriel and Shonna Majors, with Region 2's ETA, organized "Recalibrating the Workforce System," a forum in Philadelphia, Pa., that attracted more than 250 people who explored ways to recalibrate the workforce system based on current resources. Topics addressed re-energized the workforce system and strengthened partnerships among workforce development, education, economic development, employer, federal agency and community professionals.

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Deputy Secretary Seth Harris, Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Rep. Jim Langevin toured the Pilgrim Screw Co. – a family-owned small business that successfully has implemented Rhode Island's work-share program and avoided laying off 35 workers.

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Nurse Gracey Ibarra (left) visited with first lady Michelle Obama and then joined Secretary Solis during the president's American Jobs Act announcement before a joint session of Congress last Thursday. Ibarra earned a nursing assistant certification two years ago with the help of Inter-County Community Council in Oklee, Minn., a grantee of the Employment and Training Administration's Youth Program, which is funded under the Workforce Investment Act.

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(From left) At the Faith in the Future job clubs event in Rockledge, FL: Tracy Washington, a certified grief recovery expert; Rita Elkins of Performance Excellence Partners; Alexia Kelley, deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Lisa Rice, president of Brevard Workforce; and Diana Miller, founder of Community Job Club in Northeast, OH.

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Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs's Regoma Kpmes helped a disable veteran worker with issues he had with his employer. The veteran received, among other help, nearly $41,000 in lost wages after 17 years without a promotion.

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Ken Eskenazi participated in "Jobs through Recycling," which provides students with intensive class sessions and field trips to learn about recycling and zero-waste methods. Eskenazi and his classmates developed a reusable shipping packaging material made from recycled plastic that could greatly reduce packing waste.

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Nancy Rivera (left) from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations stands with Wage and Hour Investigator WHI Rachel Dinetz at the Annual Mexican Independence Day Festival.

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Employment and Training Administration Assistant Secretary Jane Oates testified before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections about "Workforce Challenges Facing the Agriculture Industry" Tuesday. Oates discussed the Department's role in administering portions of the H-2A temporary agricultural guest worker program, saying it's important that the department continue to focus on maintaining a fair and reliable H-2A process while enforcing necessary protections for both U.S. and nonimmigrant workers.