Department of Commerce to Publish Opportunity-Zone Related Request for Information (RFI); Seeks Improvement in Coordination and Streamlining of Federal Economic Programs to Spur Private Investment in Qualified Zones and Other Economically Distressed Areas
Helping Individuals with Lower Incomes Complete Education and Training Programs: National Skills Coalition Announces Launch of Supportive Services Academy to Assist State Teams; Applications are Due by November 1
August 19 Webinar: Using the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) with (1) Focus on Functionalities and (2) Obtaining Evidence Relevant to States’ Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA)
SBA Announces Funding Opportunity for Small Business Development Centers; Includes "Support for Opportunity Zones" in Enumeration of All SBDC Responsibilities and Expectations; Establishes Requirement for OZ Strategic Plan and Semi-Annual and Annual Reporting
Department of Labor Publishes Thirty-Day PRA Notice for the “Required Elements for Submission of the Unified or Combined State Plan and Plan Modifications under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act”
ETA Publishes Revised Program Year (PY) 2018 Funding Levels for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker (DW), Youth Activities Program Allotments; and PY 2018 Allotments for the Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service (ES) Program
Opportunity Zones: White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Examines "Completed Program Targeting Actions"
The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council has published a partial summary of the actions taken date in various Federal grants-in-aid programs (including those of the Department of Labor) to incorporate OZ priorities.
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $2 million in funds for the first year of a cooperative agreement for an employer-focused disability policy development and technical assistance center. The solicitation is a re-competition of an existing cooperative agreement. The deadline to apply is June 24, 2019.
Administered by the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the funding opportunity anticipates the availability of approximately $8 million in funds for a 4-year budget period (subject to the availability of federal funds at $2 million per year). Seeking to build upon the prior work of ODEP's Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), the new center will conduct research; engage with the business community; identify effective policies and practices that support business needs; and provide resources, technical assistance, and training to help public- and private-sector employers (including federal contractors) recruit, hire, retain, and advance individuals with disabilities.
"America's workforce is stronger when all Americans participate," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Jennifer Sheehy. "Understanding effective policies and practices benefits employers as people with disabilities bring their skills and talents to the workplace."
The full announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315140
Visit ODEP's website for more information.
ETA Invites Comments on April 4 Federal Register Notice: Allocating Grants to States for Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) an Determining Outcome Payments in According with Title III, Section 306 of the Social Security Act
HUD Proposes Update of Section 3 Regulations; Cites Creation of More Effective Incentives for Employers to Retain and Invest in Their Low- and Very-Low Income Workers
Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (Section 3), contributes to the establishment of stronger, more sustainable communities by ensuring that employment and other economic opportunities generated by Federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs are, to the greatest extent feasible, directed toward low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who receive government assistance for housing. In accordance with statutory authority, HUD is charged with the responsibility to implement and enforce Section 3.
HUD's regulations implementing the requirements of Section 3 have not been updated since 1994 and are not as effective as HUD believes they could be.
A proposed rule published in the April 4, 2019 FEDERAL REGISTER would update HUD's Section 3 regulations to create more effective incentives for employers to retain and invest in their low- and very low-income workers, streamline reporting requirements by aligning them with typical business practices, provide for program-specific.
Comments are due by June 3.
HUD today has also published a proposed notification for comment that would set initial benchmarks for measuring Section 3 compliance with the final rule.
- Department of Labor Announces Four Apprenticeship Inclusion Model Sites to Expand Career Pathways for People with Disabilities
ETA Publishes Training and Employment Guidance Letter 14 – 18: Aligning Performance Accountability Reporting, Definitions, and Policies across Workforce Employment and Training Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor
Two funding opportunities have been recently published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant windows. One is for the program as has been operated annually ("Traditional DLT") and one is for projects related to prevention, treatment, or recovery for opioid use disorder in rural areas ("Opioid DLT").
Two funding opportunities have been recently published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant windows. One is for the program as has been operated annually ("Traditional DLT") and one is for projects related to prevention, treatment, or recovery for opioid use disorder in rural areas ("Opioid DLT"). Under the Opioid DLT, note that 55 evaluation points are associated with the Service Needs and Benefits Category, with USDA citing "Recovery support or workforce training for people with substance use disorder" as one of the eight services.
Applications under the Traditional DLT program must be submitted by May 15, 2019, while those under the Opioid DLT program must be submitted by April 15, 2019.
Department of Education Announces Funding Opportunity under the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth; Solicitation Emphasizes Potential for Economic Opportunity in Qualified Opportunity Zones
The Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education published a notice in the January 28 FEDERAL REGISTER inviting applications for selection of up to 10 performance partnership pilots for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and up to 10 performance partnership pilots for FY2019 under the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth authority.
Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) was first authorized by Congress in FY 2014 by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the authority has been included by Congress in appropriations acts each year since FY 2014. The P3 authority enables pilot sites to blend FY 2018 and FY 2019 Federal funds and obtain waivers of program requirements, including statutory, regulatory, and administrative requirements that are barriers to achieving improved outcomes for youth-serving programs included in the authority. Under P3, pilots can test innovative, outcome focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth using the flexibility provided by P3.
This notice invites applications for selection as FY 2018 and 2019 pilots. Unlike previous rounds, ED will not award start-up funds to selected pilots, because the Agencies want to encourage potential pilots to create cost neutral innovations in service delivery. However, the flexibilities available under P3 can generate significant cost savings for pilots by relieving them of some burdensome requirements, as well as enabling them to use Federal dollars more effectively to serve disconnected youth.
The lead applicant must be a State, local, or Tribal government entity, represented by a chief executive, such as a governor, mayor, or other elected leader, or the head of a State, local, or Tribal agency.
Deadline for Notice to Intent to Apply: 45 days after FEDERAL REGISTER publication
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: 90 days after FEDERAL REGISTER publication
Absolute Priority 1:
Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth in Communities that Have Experienced Civil Unrest
Absolute Priority 2
Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth
Competitive Preference Priority:
Promoting Economic Opportunity
Selected excerpts addressing Opportunity Zones:
… We believe the flexibilities available through P3 hold great potential for improving economic opportunity and mobility in economically distressed communities, such as communities with one or more Qualified Opportunity Zones established under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) …
… Effectively addressing the education and skill needs of these youth is central to improving the economic circumstances of these communities and promoting economic mobility among their residents. Skill-building also is essential to maximizing the impact of the new investment that will be flowing into these communities and ensuring that Qualified Opportunity Zone residents are trained and ready to assume the new jobs that will be created by the infusion of capital. Without complementary actions to boost the education and skills of youth and adults in Qualified Opportunity Zones, many of the new jobs will be filled by individuals who reside elsewhere--or they will go unfilled altogether, throttling economic growth. P3 can make possible bold and creative interventions by State, local, and tribal governments to help disconnected youth, such as those in Qualified Opportunity Zones, reengage, succeed in education and training, and prosper in the job market …
New Tool from UpSkill America and NAWB Supports Employer Upskilling Programs
A January 10 advisory from UpSkillAmerica
You don't have to set out to create an upskilling program on your own. Workforce Development Boards across the country offer services and support that can help you attract and retain the skilled employees that your business needs.
Teaming up with the National Association of Workforce Boards, UpSkill America developed a new tool that explains just how these organizations can help you. The tool provides an overview of what the public workforce system does and connects you to resources to start taking advantage of its services.
This tool is the latest in a series released in the past year, thanks to a grant from Walmart to support UpSkill America's work to equip businesses with tools to educate, train, and support frontline workers' development to advance their careers. The work builds on UpSkill America's 2017 UpSkilling Playbook for Employers .
- BLS Publishes Periodic Table of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Occupations
The periodic table of chemical elements, created by Dmitry Mendeleev in 1869, is one of the most important achievements in modern science. To celebrate this achievement, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has created our own periodic table! Instead of elements, we have used Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations. Workers in STEM occupations use science and mathematics to understand how the world works and to solve problems. Hover over an "element" or group to highlight that discipline.
New Tool from UpSkill America and NAWB Supports Employer Upskilling Programs
A January 10 advisory from UpSkillAmerica
POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production.
The Request for Proposals for POWER 2019 is now available. ARC will begin accepting applications for funding on February 1, 2019, and are due April 10, 2019.
Approximately $45 million will be awarded through the competitive granting process.
Credential Registry Learn and Build Summit (Report from December 4 - 5)
HUD Publishes Sixty-Day PRA Notice for Data Collection for EnVision Center Demonstration Sites
Department of Transportation Announces $1.5 Billion in BUILD Transportation Grants to Revitalize Infrastructure Nationwide
U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $21 Million to Accelerate Entrepreneurship across the Nation; Announces Timeline for Next Round of Regional Innovation Strategies
Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers" Federal Reserve System and Partners Release New Three-Volume Book - "Investing in America's Workforce:
An advisory from the Federal Reserve
How can public, private, and nonprofit sectors coordinate efforts and integrate new technologies and finance models to meet the needs of both workers and employers? Learn about investing in workforce development systems in the new three-volume book -- Investing in America's Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers.
Gain insights from more than 100 authors who share research, best practices, and resources on workforce development focused on three distinct areas: Investing in Workers, Investing in Work, and Investing in Systems for Employment Opportunity.
The publication is the result of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration between the Federal Reserve System , the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research .
The free copy is available at www.investinwork.org/book .
- Department of Education Announces Winners of the "Reimagining Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge"
- November 8 Webinar: How Modern Apprenticeship Programs are Serving Veterans
- Department of Labor Announces New Compliance Assistance Tools to Assist New and Small Businesses; Topic-Specific Content for FLSA, FMLA, Youth Employment, Agriculture, and Contracts
Stackable Credentials Toolkit
ARC Releases New Research and Tools for Regional Entrepreneurship Development
Census Bureau Research Maps the Roots of Social Mobility; Mapping Interface Provides Neighborhood-Level Information on Children's Outcomes
Manufacturing USA Releases its 2017 Annual Report; Volume Addresses Workforce Development, Apprenticeship, STEM, Robotics, and Educational Role of Community Colleges
National Apprenticeship Week (November 12 - 18)
U.S. Department of Labor Awards $110 Million in Grants to Prepare Americans for Work in High-Growth Industries
ETA Requests Comments on Proposed Data Collections from Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program Accreditors
- O*NET Career Exploration Tools
- Carl D. Perkins Technical Education Act of 2006
- ETA Support for State Reform of Occupational Licensing
- Scaling Apprenticeship through Sector-Based Strategies
- On-the-Job Training Toolkit
- ETA Research and Evaluation
- Customer-Centered Design Approach to Service Delivery
- Addressing America's Reskilling Challenge Council of Economic Advisors