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Congressional Notifications

June 25, 2010 — DOL Funding Announcement: $75 million for On-the-Job National Emergency Grants

Dear Congressional Staff,

This afternoon the Department of Labor will announce $75 million in Recovery Act funds for On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grants (OJT NEG). Forty-one states, the District of Columbia, and three Federally Recognized Native American tribes will receive grants that will help dislocated workers across the country to simultaneously secure employment and receive training that will allow them to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills for jobs in new and emerging industries.

Your state will be awarded an OJT NEG. Please see the attached document for the amount of funding they will receive. Please note that details on the areas of service under the OJT NEG funding are not yet available. Over the next sixty days, DOL will provide all state and tribal grantees technical assistance in the development of their OJT NEG strategic plan. Each strategic plan will then be approved by the Department prior to the release of the balance of the award.

These OJT grants are designed to jump start reemployment for dislocated workers experiencing prolonged unemployment by enabling employers to create training and job opportunities for these individuals. OJT NEG participants will be given a chance to “earn and learn”, which means they will develop applicable occupational skills while earning a paycheck. Employers participating in these OJT projects will receive partial reimbursement to offset the extraordinary cost of training these workers. The project will help workers become proficient in needed skills more quickly, which will serve to encourage employers to hire workers sooner than perhaps initially planned; facilitating the private sector hiring of well-qualified individuals to contribute to employers’ bottom line and spur economic recovery. Today’s awards distribute these resources across the country, not only to deliver OJT services to thousands of unemployed Americans, but also to build the capacity of the workforce investment system to engage in this critical training model in order to assist in the economic recovery.

Please contact Adri Jayaratne (jayaratne.adri@dol.gov) in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 693-4600 if you have any questions about this announcement.