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DOL Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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Registered Lobbyist Contact Disclosures

DOL employees contacted regarding Recovery Act matters via telephone or in person by any registered lobbyist (including persons associated with for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments) must document the communication using the Registered Lobbyist Contact Disclosure Form included in the OMB guidance. A summary of these contacts is included in the table below.

Registered Lobbyist Contacts

Date and Time of Contact

Name of Registered Lobbyist, Firm or Organization

Agency — Name of Employee Contacted

Brief Description of Contact

1:00 PM

John Colbert (Jobs for the Future)

ETA — Gerri Fiala

Greg Weltz

Jenn Smith

Meet with new CEO (Mr. Robert Coleman) of Second Chance Program of San Diego.

2:00 PM

Marda J. Robillard

Sherry Newton Dillard

ETA — Brittany Diegel

Mike Harding

The Recovery Act was briefly mentioned in regards to Cobra benefits as well as Green Grants the DOL awarded.

3:30 PM

Ken Brown (Ferguson Group, LLC)

ETA — Gregg Weltz

On March 17, 2010, Gregg Weltz, Chief of the Division of Youth Services, was invited by Aaron Ver of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (OCIA), to attend a meeting with Mayor Robert J. Duffy and Deputy Mayor Patricia K. Maligeri of Rochester, New York. They were accompanied by Ken Brown, a registered Federal lobbyist with the Ferguson Group, LLC. Also in attendance were Elmy A. Bermejo, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for OCIA, and MaryAnn Donovan, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Policy Development and Research. The Mayor came to discuss the low graduation rate within the City of Rochester and the need for after school and summer youth employment programs to help with this issue. Mayor Duffy described recent efforts in Rochester to provide summer and after school youth employment opportunities, as well as programming for returning youth offenders, and sought ideas on how he could continue to build on the success of the programs that they had recently implemented, some of which were funded under the Recovery Act. Information about the 15% state-wide activities funds under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) was provided, as was recently released ETA guidance encouraging states and local areas to partner with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Funding Programs to provide subsidized employment opportunities for youth. In addition, information was shared about the upcoming release of ETA’s program evaluation of the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Program implementation.

11:15 AM

Sarah Perz (Beacon Consulting Group, Inc.)

ETA — Gregg Weltz

On February 23, 2010, Gregg Weltz, Chief of the Division of Youth Services met with Bob Rath, President/CEO of Our Piece of the Pie which is located in Hartford, Connecticut. Our Piece of the Pie is a non-profit organization that provides educational and training services to disconnected youth in the Hartford area. They are a Workforce Investment Act youth service provider for Connecticut’s Capital Region Workforce Area and recipient of two Employment and Training Administration grants. The focus of the meeting was an update provided to Mr. Weltz by Mr. Rath on Our Piece of the Pie’s recent program activities. Mr. Rath was accompanied by Sarah Perz, Legislative Director for Beacon Consulting Group, Inc., located in Washington, D.C. While Ms. Perz is not a registered Federal lobbyist, her company’s staff does include registered Federal lobbyist. Recovery Act funds were discussed by way of Mr. Rath sharing how Our Piece of the Pie provided summer employment services as a WIA provider during the summer of 2009.

11/17/2009 1:00 PM

Justin McCaulley (LNEGroup)

ETA — Amanda Ahlstrand and Steve Rietzke

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) contacted ETA via the LNEGroup, which is the lobbying firm. They requested a meeting to update us on their work as a manufacturing extension partnership (MEP) center and the workforce challenges they and their business customers face in Northern Ohio.

They provided an overview of their programs and their work with community colleges and the workforce system, and asked ETA staff about future funding opportunities. ETA staff provided a brief update that another round of funding will come out of the community-based job training grants, and to watch for other competitions related to pilots and demos.

10/28/2009 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Anita R. Estell and Max Sevlilla (Polsinelli/Shughart PC)

ETA — Amanda Ahlstrand and Gregg Weltz

The listed ETA staff were requested by the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs to attend a meeting with workforce development agency officials and policy advisors to Mayor Dellums from the City of Oakland, California to discuss the City’s experience with implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. They were accompanied by two registered lobbyist. In particular, City officials were interested in sharing their summer youth employment opportunities program results and lessons learned. They were also interested in getting an update around the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act and other priority areas over the next year for the Employment and Training Administration.

11:45 a.m.

Alecia D’Alessandro
PSW, Inc. (Public Strategies Washington, Inc.)

ETA — Douglas F. Small

At the beginning of the meeting, the question was asked if anyone present was a registered lobbyist. Wes Jury, President and CEO of the Arlington, Texas Chamber of Commerce met with ETA to discuss several apprenticeship related projects occurring with the State of Texas and a number of collaborative ventures with the workforce system. Mr. Jury shared what they were doing in Texas with the apprenticeship program. The Texas Chamber was not seeking information on Recovery programs other than when they raised the issue of a new solicitation. Mr. Small told them he couldn’t comment other than what has been released on the website. They understood the restrictions. The Texas Chamber is not a registered lobby.


Robert P. Canavan, Federal Management Strategies; Cy Jamison, Jamison & Sullivan, Inc

ETA — Douglas F. Small, Gay Gilbert, Gregg Weltz, Laura Watson

The Billings Public School District Superintendent and Executive Director requested information on potential resources to support activities in their career education center. ETA staff discussed generally the resources available through the workforce investment system, including Recovery Act funds. They were also advised of potential current and upcoming competitive opportunities without discussing specifics.

05/29/2009 10:00 AM

David Baine and James Hermes, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

ETA — Ray Uhalde, Jane Oates

To give DOL feedback on Recovery Act operations with community colleges and discuss WIA reauthorization

05/20/2009 01:45 PM

Janice Lipsen, CFM, Inc.

ETA — Adri Jayaratne

She came with American Samoa Gov to discuss NEG funds; conversation was only to tell her I could not talk to her about this and she couldn't attend meeting.

05/13/2009 02:30 PM

Ian Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer Government Relations

ETA — Gay Gilbert

To learn about ETA's Recovery Act investments and opportunities to compete for money

05/08/2009 12:30 PM

Paul Sweet, International Government Relations Group (IGR)

ETA — Gay Gilbert

To discuss the challenges faced by universities offering on-line degrees and training leading to certification to be considered as eligible training providers for the workforce investment system under the Workforce Investment Act.

04/15/2009 02:00 PM

Irene B. Bueno, NVG

ETA — Doug Small, Laura P. Watson, Gina King, Jon Simonetta

General description of the types of programs PACE operates. ETA described in general our programs and stated that we would have several grant solicitations with ARRA funds in the near future. PACE asked if ETA would be having a work group for the re-authorization of WIA and expressed an interest in participating on the workgroup.