Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 167; The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP), 21813-21816 [05-8410]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 27, 2005 / Notices Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for ‘‘sixty days’’ until June 27, 2005. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. If you have comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact MaryBeth Keller, General Counsel, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice, Suite 2600, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041; telephone: (703) 305–0470. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: —Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; —Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; —Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and —Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of this information collection: (1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Alien’s Change of Address Form: 33/ BIA Board of Immigration Appeals, 33/ IC Immigration Court. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form Number: Form EOIR 33/BIA, 33/IC. Executive Office for Immigration Review, United States Department of Justice. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: An individual appearing before the Immigration Court or the Board of Immigration Appeals. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:41 Apr 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 Other: None. Abstract: The information on the change of address form is used by the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals to determine where to send notices of the next administrative action or of any decisions in an alien’s case. 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[FR Doc. 05–8365 Filed 4–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 167; The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice of formula allocations for the Program Year (PY) 2005 NFJP, request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under Section 182(d) of the WIA of 1998, ETA is publishing the PY 2005 allocations for the NFJP, authorized under Section 167 of the WIA. The allocations are distributed to the states by a formula that estimates, by state, the relative demand for NFJP services. The allocations in this notice apply to the PY beginning July 1, 2005. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before May 31, 2005. ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Alina M. Walker, Chief, Division of Seasonal Farmworker Programs, Room S–4206, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, e-mail address: walker.alina@dol.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21813 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alina M. Walker, Chief, Division of Seasonal Farmworker Programs, Room S–4206, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693–2706 (this is not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background On May 19, 1999, ETA published a notice establishing new factors for the formula that allocates funds available for the NFJP in the Federal Register at 64 FR 27390. This Federal Register notice is available at the following Internet address: http://www.doleta.gov/ MSFW/pdf/allocationtable.pdf. The May 19, 1999, Federal Register may also be obtained by submitting a mail, e-mail or telephone request to Alina M. Walker, Chief, Division of Seasonal Farmworker Programs, Room S–4206, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, e-mail address: walker.alina@dol.gov, telephone number (202) 693–2706 (this is not a toll-free number). The May 19, 1999, notice explained the purpose of the formula, i.e., distributing funds geographically by state service area on the basis of each area’s relative share of farmworkers who are eligible for enrollment in the NFJP. The data used to run the formula is comprised of a combination of data sets that were selected to yield the relative share distribution across states of eligible farmworkers. The combineddata set driven formula is substantially more relevant to the purpose of aligning the allocations with the eligible population than the allocations determined by the prior formula. For PY 2005, the data factors used in the formula remain unchanged since they were first developed in 1999. However, the PY 2005 data sets used for determining each state’s relative share of eligible farmworkers have been updated with more recent data available from the 2000 Census, the 2003 National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS), and the 2002 Census of Agriculture. II. Limitations on Uses of Section 167 Funds In appropriating the funds for PY 2005, Congress provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108–447) $76,370,000 for carrying out Section 167 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, including $71,787,000 for state service area grants, E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 21814 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 27, 2005 / Notices $4,583,000 for migrant and seasonal farmworker housing grants, and $504,000 for Section 167 training, technical assistance and related activities. Funds for migrant rest center activities are included in the $504,000 available for technical assistance and training. Public Law 108–447 also includes a 0.80 percent government-wide acrossthe-board rescission. A total of $71,690,318 for formula grants is available for allocation as a result of applying this rescission. III. PY 2005 Allocation Formula The formula distribution for the $71,690,318 available for allocation in PY 2005 reflects the state-by-state relative share of eligible farmworkers as determined by the updated combined data sets described in the May 19, 1999, Federal Register notice. Additional ‘‘hold-harmless’’ and ‘‘stop-loss’’/‘‘stopgain’’ adjustments to the formula were applied for the PY 2005 NFJP fund allocation. The ‘‘hold-harmless’’ adjustment provides that states would receive no less than 85 percent of their comparable 1998 allocation levels. This ‘‘hold-harmless’’ adjustment has been applied to the formula allocations in the last three years. The ‘‘stop-loss’’/‘‘stopgain’’ adjustment is used for the first time this year and provides that states would receive no less than 75 percent or no more than 150 percent of their relative share of the total PY 2004 formula allocations to all States. Of the two minimums, states would receive the higher of the ‘‘hold-harmless’’ or the ‘‘stop-loss’’ amount (limited by the ‘‘stop-gain’’ if necessary). To make these adjustments, each state’s PY 2005 formula allocation calculation was first compared to a minimum amount equal to the higher of VerDate jul<14>2003 16:41 Apr 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 85 percent of its PY 1998 dollar allocation or 90 percent of its relative share in PY 2004 multiplied by the PY 2005 total formula amount. For each state, if its minimum level allocation was higher than the amount indicated by the unadjusted formula allocation, the minimum level was assigned to that state. All such states’ assigned minimum level allocations were added and these states, along with their assigned amounts, were removed from the remaining calculations. For the remaining states whose unadjusted formula amounts were higher than their respective minimum levels, their formula amounts were added and the total was compared to the total amount of remaining funds. Because there were less funds remaining available, each remaining state’s formula amount was reduced by the same proportion that the total remaining funds bore to the total remaining states’ formula amounts. This reduced allocation amount for each state was again tested against its minimum comparison level and the above process was repeated until there were no remaining states being assigned their minimum level. For the remaining states that were not assigned a minimum level, each state’s reduced formula amount was then compared to a maximum amount equal to 150 percent of its relative share in PY 2004 multiplied by the PY 2005 total formula amount. For each state, if the maximum level allocation was lower than their adjusted formula allocation amount, the maximum level was assigned to that state. All such states’ assigned maximum level allocations were added and these states, along with their assigned amounts, were removed from the remaining calculations. PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For the remaining states, their adjusted formula amounts were added and the total was compared to the total amount of remaining funds. Because there were additional funds available for the remaining states, each remaining state’s formula amount was increased by the same proportion that the total remaining funds bore to the total remaining states’ formula amounts. This adjusted allocation amount for each state was again tested against its maximum comparison level and the above process was repeated until there were no remaining states being assigned their maximum level. Each state’s final allocation was either the assigned minimum or maximum level or the final proportionally adjusted formula amount. IV. State Combinations We anticipate a single plan of service for operating the PY 2005 NFJP in the jurisdiction comprised of Delaware and Maryland and the jurisdiction comprised of Rhode Island and Connecticut. V. PY 2005 Allocations The ‘‘Allocation Table’’ provides the allocations for the NFJP in PY 2005. NFJP grantees and other interested organizations should use these figures in preparing proposals in response to the PY 2005 Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP). Signed at Washington, DC, this 22nd day of April 2005. Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. BILLING CODE 4510–30–P E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 VerDate jul<14>2003 16:41 Apr 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 21815 EN27AP05.001</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 27, 2005 / Notices 21816 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 27, 2005 / Notices [FR Doc. 05–8410 Filed 4–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–C DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA); Notice of Incentive Funding Availability for Program Year (PY) 2003 Performance Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, in collaboration with the Department of Education, announces that 19 states are eligible to apply for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) (Pub. L. 105–220, 29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.) incentive awards under the WIA Regulations. DATES: The 19 eligible states must submit their applications for incentive funding to the Department of Labor by June 13, 2005. ADDRESSES: Submit applications to the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Performance and Technology, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–5206, Washington, DC 20210, Attention: Esther R. Johnson, 202–693–3031 (phone), 202–693–3490 (fax), e-mail: johnson.esther@dol.gov. Please be advised that mail delivery in the Washington, DC area has been inconsistent because of concerns about anthrax contamination. States are encouraged to submit applications via email. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Office of Performance and Technology, Karen Staha (phone: 202–693–3031 or email: staha.karen@dol.gov). (This is not a toll-free number.) Information may also be found at the Web site: http:// www.doleta.gov/performance. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 19 states (see list below) have qualified to receive a share of the $16.6 million available for incentive grant awards under WIA section 503. These funds, which were contributed by the Department of Education from appropriations for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, are available to the states through June 30, 2007, to support innovative workforce VerDate jul<14>2003 16:41 Apr 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 development and education activities that are authorized under title I (Workforce Investment Systems) or title II (the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)) of WIA, or under the Perkins Act (Pub. L. 105–332, 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.). In order to qualify for a grant award, a state must have exceeded performance levels, agreed to by the Secretaries, Governor, and State Education Officer, for outcomes in WIA title I, adult education (AEFLA), and vocational education (Perkins Act) programs. The goals included placement after training, retention in employment, and improvement in literacy levels, among other measures. After review of the performance data submitted by states to the Department of Labor and to the Department of Education, each Department determined which states would qualify for incentives for its program(s). (See below for a list of the states that qualified under all three Acts.) These lists of eligible states were compared, and states that qualified under all three programs are eligible to receive an incentive grant award. The amount that each state is eligible to receive was determined by the Department of Labor and the Department of Education and is based on WIA section 503(c) (20 U.S.C. 9273(c)), and is proportional to the total funding received by these states for the three Acts. The states eligible to apply for incentive grant awards, and the amounts they are eligible to receive, are listed below: Amount of award State 1. Alabama ............................... 2. Colorado ............................... 3. Delaware .............................. 4. Georgia ................................. 5. Iowa ...................................... 6. Indiana .................................. 7. Louisiana .............................. 8. Maryland ............................... 9. Michigan ............................... 10. Minnesota ........................... 11. Missouri .............................. 12. North Dakota ...................... 13. Nebraska ............................ 14. Nevada ............................... 15. Oregon ................................ 16. Pennsylvania ...................... 17. South Carolina .................... 18. South Dakota ...................... 19. Tennessee .......................... PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $912,153 825,020 776,272 944,675 803,173 879,629 966,800 870,909 1,024,160 852,449 891,441 772,770 783,830 797,987 874,471 1,076,445 867,055 773,309 912,500 These eligible states must submit their applications for incentive funding to the Department of Labor by June 13, 2005. As set forth in the provisions of WIA section 503(b)(2) (20 U.S.C. 9273(b)(2)), 20 CFR 666.220(b) and Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 20–01, Change 3, Application Process for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 503 Incentive Grants, Program Year 2003 Performance, which is available at http://www.doleta.gov/ performance, the application must include assurances that: A. The legislature of the state was consulted with respect to the development of the application. B. The application was approved by the Governor, the eligible agency for adult education (as defined in section 203(4) of WIA (20 U.S.C. 9202(4))), and the state agency responsible for vocational and technical education programs (as defined in section 3(9) of Perkins III (20 U.S.C. 2302(9)). C. The state and the eligible agency, as appropriate, exceeded the state adjusted levels of performance for WIA title I, the state adjusted levels of performance for the AEFLA, and the performance levels established for Perkins Act programs. In addition, states are requested to provide a description of the planned use of incentive grants as part of the application process, to ensure that the state’s planned activities are innovative and are otherwise authorized under the WIA title I, the AEFLA, and/or the Perkins Act as amended, as required by WIA section 503(a). TEGL No. 20–01, Change 3 provides the specific application process that states must follow to apply for these funds. The applications may take the form of a letter from the Governor, or designee, to the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Emily Stover DeRocco, Attention: Esther R. Johnson, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–5206, Washington, DC 20210. In order to expedite the application process, states are encouraged to submit their applications electronically to Karen Staha at staha.karen@dol.gov. The states will receive their incentive awards by June 30, 2005. Signed at Washington, DC, this 21st day of April, 2005. Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training. E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 167; The National 
Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP)

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice of formula allocations for the Program Year (PY) 2005 
NFJP, request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Under Section 182(d) of the WIA of 1998, ETA is publishing the 
PY 2005 allocations for the NFJP, authorized under Section 167 of the 
WIA. The allocations are distributed to the states by a formula that 
estimates, by state, the relative demand for NFJP services. The 
allocations in this notice apply to the PY beginning July 1, 2005.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before May 31, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Alina M. Walker, Chief, Division 
of Seasonal Farmworker Programs, Room S-4206, Employment and Training 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20210, e-mail address: walker.alina@dol.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alina M. Walker, Chief, Division of 
Seasonal Farmworker Programs, Room S-4206, Employment and Training 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-2706 (this is not a toll-
free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    On May 19, 1999, ETA published a notice establishing new factors 
for the formula that allocates funds available for the NFJP in the 
Federal Register at 64 FR 27390. This Federal Register notice is 
available at the following Internet address: http://www.doleta.gov/
MSFW/pdf/allocationtable.pdf.
    The May 19, 1999, Federal Register may also be obtained by 
submitting a mail, e-mail or telephone request to Alina M. Walker, 
Chief, Division of Seasonal Farmworker Programs, Room S-4206, 
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, e-mail address: 
walker.alina@dol.gov, telephone number (202) 693-2706 (this is not a 
toll-free number).
    The May 19, 1999, notice explained the purpose of the formula, 
i.e., distributing funds geographically by state service area on the 
basis of each area's relative share of farmworkers who are eligible for 
enrollment in the NFJP. The data used to run the formula is comprised 
of a combination of data sets that were selected to yield the relative 
share distribution across states of eligible farmworkers. The combined-
data set driven formula is substantially more relevant to the purpose 
of aligning the allocations with the eligible population than the 
allocations determined by the prior formula.
    For PY 2005, the data factors used in the formula remain unchanged 
since they were first developed in 1999. However, the PY 2005 data sets 
used for determining each state's relative share of eligible 
farmworkers have been updated with more recent data available from the 
2000 Census, the 2003 National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS), and 
the 2002 Census of Agriculture.

II. Limitations on Uses of Section 167 Funds

    In appropriating the funds for PY 2005, Congress provided in the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447) $76,370,000 for 
carrying out Section 167 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 
including $71,787,000 for state service area grants,

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$4,583,000 for migrant and seasonal farmworker housing grants, and 
$504,000 for Section 167 training, technical assistance and related 
activities. Funds for migrant rest center activities are included in 
the $504,000 available for technical assistance and training.
    Public Law 108-447 also includes a 0.80 percent government-wide 
across-the-board rescission. A total of $71,690,318 for formula grants 
is available for allocation as a result of applying this rescission.

III. PY 2005 Allocation Formula

    The formula distribution for the $71,690,318 available for 
allocation in PY 2005 reflects the state-by-state relative share of 
eligible farmworkers as determined by the updated combined data sets 
described in the May 19, 1999, Federal Register notice. Additional 
``hold-harmless'' and ``stop-loss''/``stop-gain'' adjustments to the 
formula were applied for the PY 2005 NFJP fund allocation. The ``hold-
harmless'' adjustment provides that states would receive no less than 
85 percent of their comparable 1998 allocation levels. This ``hold-
harmless'' adjustment has been applied to the formula allocations in 
the last three years. The ``stop-loss''/``stop-gain'' adjustment is 
used for the first time this year and provides that states would 
receive no less than 75 percent or no more than 150 percent of their 
relative share of the total PY 2004 formula allocations to all States. 
Of the two minimums, states would receive the higher of the ``hold-
harmless'' or the ``stop-loss'' amount (limited by the ``stop-gain'' if 
necessary).
    To make these adjustments, each state's PY 2005 formula allocation 
calculation was first compared to a minimum amount equal to the higher 
of 85 percent of its PY 1998 dollar allocation or 90 percent of its 
relative share in PY 2004 multiplied by the PY 2005 total formula 
amount. For each state, if its minimum level allocation was higher than 
the amount indicated by the unadjusted formula allocation, the minimum 
level was assigned to that state. All such states' assigned minimum 
level allocations were added and these states, along with their 
assigned amounts, were removed from the remaining calculations.
    For the remaining states whose unadjusted formula amounts were 
higher than their respective minimum levels, their formula amounts were 
added and the total was compared to the total amount of remaining 
funds. Because there were less funds remaining available, each 
remaining state's formula amount was reduced by the same proportion 
that the total remaining funds bore to the total remaining states' 
formula amounts. This reduced allocation amount for each state was 
again tested against its minimum comparison level and the above process 
was repeated until there were no remaining states being assigned their 
minimum level.
    For the remaining states that were not assigned a minimum level, 
each state's reduced formula amount was then compared to a maximum 
amount equal to 150 percent of its relative share in PY 2004 multiplied 
by the PY 2005 total formula amount. For each state, if the maximum 
level allocation was lower than their adjusted formula allocation 
amount, the maximum level was assigned to that state. All such states' 
assigned maximum level allocations were added and these states, along 
with their assigned amounts, were removed from the remaining 
calculations.
    For the remaining states, their adjusted formula amounts were added 
and the total was compared to the total amount of remaining funds. 
Because there were additional funds available for the remaining states, 
each remaining state's formula amount was increased by the same 
proportion that the total remaining funds bore to the total remaining 
states' formula amounts. This adjusted allocation amount for each state 
was again tested against its maximum comparison level and the above 
process was repeated until there were no remaining states being 
assigned their maximum level.
    Each state's final allocation was either the assigned minimum or 
maximum level or the final proportionally adjusted formula amount.

IV. State Combinations

    We anticipate a single plan of service for operating the PY 2005 
NFJP in the jurisdiction comprised of Delaware and Maryland and the 
jurisdiction comprised of Rhode Island and Connecticut.

V. PY 2005 Allocations

    The ``Allocation Table'' provides the allocations for the NFJP in 
PY 2005. NFJP grantees and other interested organizations should use 
these figures in preparing proposals in response to the PY 2005 
Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for the National Farmworker 
Jobs Program (NFJP).

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 22nd day of April 2005.
Emily Stover DeRocco,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
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