Final Notice of Job Corps Center for Closure, 61099-61100 [2014-24094]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 196 / Thursday, October 9, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Final Notice of Job Corps Center for Closure Office of Job Corps, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department or DOL) issues this notice to announce its final decision to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps Center. The Office of Job Corps (OJC) in ETA published a proposed methodology for selecting centers for closure at 78 FR 2284 on January 10, 2013. Based on public comments received, the Office of Job Corps published a revised methodology for selecting centers for closure at 79 FR 36823 on June 30, 2014. Based on review of those comments, the Office of Job Corps published its final closure methodology and announced its proposed decision to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps Center at 79 FR 51198 on August 27, 2014. A total of 13 public comments were received in response to the proposal to close Treasure Lake. After reviewing all comments, the Department has decided to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps Center. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, Acting National Director, Office of Job Corps, ETA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–4463, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone (202) 693–3000 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1 (877) 889–5627 (TTY/ TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Process for Selecting Job Corps Center for Closure On August 14, 2012, the Office of Job Corps hosted a national Job Corps listening session, via webinar, with the Job Corps community to solicit input on the methodology factors for selecting Job Corps centers for closure. More than 100 Job Corps stakeholders participated in the session and provided criteria-related suggestions in the areas of performance, geographic location, local economic impact, contract budgets, facilities, and the time period for evaluating chronic low performance. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Oct 08, 2014 Jkt 235001 On January 10, 2013, OJC published a Federal Register Notice requesting public comments on a proposed methodology for selecting Job Corps centers for closure (78 FR 2284). A total of 18 public comments were received. As a result of analysis, OJC revised the methodology factors for selection of Job Corps centers for closure. OJC also proposed additional considerations for inclusion as factors in the methodology. On June 30, 2014, OJC published a second Federal Register Notice requesting public comments on a revised methodology for selecting Job Corps centers for closure (79 FR 36823). The comment period for the June 30, 2014 Federal Register Notice was open from June 30, 2014 to July 21, 2014. A total of 11 public comments were received. After reviewing these comments, OJC decided not to make any changes to the proposed methodology. On August 27, 2014, OJC published a third Federal Register Notice announcing the final methodology. Applying the methodology, Job Corps also announced its proposed decision to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps Center in Indiahoma, Oklahoma. The Notice further requested comments on the proposed decision to close Treasure Lake. The comment period for the August 27, 2014, Federal Register Notice was open from August 27, 2014, to September 26, 2014. Thirteen (13) public comments were received in response to the proposed decision to close Treasure Lake. OJC considered these comments in making its final decision to close Treasure Lake. The comments are summarized briefly and discussed below. Two commenters generally supported the Job Corps’ decision to close Treasure Lake. One commenter criticized the methodology that Job Corps developed and applied in determining which center to close. Since commenters had ample time to discuss those issues in response to two previous Federal Register Notices, and because the August 27, 2014, FRN requested comments only on the proposed selection of Treasure Lake, we consider this comment to be out of scope and will not respond to it here. One commenter expressed their belief that Job Corps’ decision ignores Congress’ intent with respect to measuring and improving center performance as manifested in its passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). As noted in the August 27, 2014, FRN, the actions available to Job Corps to improve performance under WIOA are consistent PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61099 with those available under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Waiting until WIOA becomes effective on July 1, 2015, would adversely affect those students who may otherwise have the opportunity to attend a higher performing center. OJC believes that implementing reforms to the Job Corps program now while working toward successful implementation of WIOA will lead to the greatest improvement across the Job Corps system. Two commenters asserted that closing Treasure Lake would cost $10.5 million and would be an inefficient use of Job Corps’ resources. OJC cannot respond to the commenters’ cost estimate because it is unclear how they developed it. More broadly, OJC is focused on the longerterm cost efficiencies that will result from achieving better results for current and future Job Corps students with the limited funds available. The same commenters argued that Program Year 2013 data shows that Treasure Lake’s successful placement of graduates in full time employment upon graduation and those graduates’ high job retention rates indicate that Treasure Lake is not a poorly performing center. However, these commenters point only to three of the fifteen measures that comprise Treasure Lake’s Outcome Measurement System (OMS) score. On the remaining twelve measures Treasure Lake was in the bottom quintile of performance for eleven of them. In addition, Treasure Lake’s PY 2013 OMS score was a full seven percentage points lower than its PY 2012 OMS score. Accordingly, OJC had no basis to conclude that Treasure Lake’s overall performance in PY 2013 constituted significant performance improvement such that it should have been exempt from closure. One commenter expressed concern that there was not sufficient opportunity for stakeholder input. OJC disagrees. As discussed above, in addition to holding a broadly attended listening session with all potentially affected stakeholders, the Department published three separate Federal Register Notices, including two specifically requesting comments on the proposed methodology to which the public, including stakeholders, could provide substantive comments. One commenter asserts, based on Senate Report 112–176, that Congress mandated for Job Corps to exhaust all options to improve a center before closing it, which, it asserts, OJC had not done in this case. Job Corps disagrees with the commenter’s assertion, and believes that Treasure Lake has been given ample opportunity to demonstrate sustained performance improvement. In E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1 61100 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 196 / Thursday, October 9, 2014 / Notices addition, as the referenced report, Senate Report 112–176, was a report on proposed but never enacted legislation we disagree that it provides evidence of Congress’ intent on this matter. The same commenter expressed their opinion that Treasure Lake has not been on its Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) for sufficient time to make performance improvement. OJC disagrees that additional time and resources will lead to improved performance. Despite having been on a PIP and having received assistance for at least the past two years, Treasure Lake’s performance has dramatically decreased. Between PY 2011 and PY 2013, Treasure Lake’s OMS score has decreased more than 18 percentage points, from 94.5% to 76%. To OJC, this performance decline indicates that additional resources should not be expended to attempt to improve performance. Balanced against the lost opportunity for current and future students to attend a higher performing center, OJC believes that closing Treasure Lake achieves the best outcome for the program. Several commenters generally expressed their opinion, based on their experience at the center, the opportunities that the center provides for troubled youth, and the impact that the center has on the broader community, that Job Corps should not close Treasure Lake. The core mission of Job Corps is to train students to become more employable, responsible, and productive citizens, and we believe that we will advance this mission by closing Treasure Lake and enhancing opportunities for current and future students at higher performing centers. Finally, one comment was received that is outside the scope of the requested response, and was therefore not considered. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Job Corps Center Selected for Closure and the Closure Process Based on its application of the closure methodology as described in the August 27, 2014, Federal Register Notice and OJC’s consideration of the comments received in response to the August 27, 2014, Federal Register Notice, OJC has decided to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps Center. OJC will implement the closure process following the center closure requirements in WIA section 159(g) and other applicable requirements. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Oct 08, 2014 Jkt 235001 Signed in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of October 2014. Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training . [FR Doc. 2014–24094 Filed 10–8–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FT–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Notice of a Public Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to Section 10 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2 § 10), notice is hereby given to announce an open meeting of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 and Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The meeting will convene over a day and a half. The ACA is a discretionary committee established by the Secretary of Labor, in accordance with FACA, as amended in 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and its implementing regulations (41 CFR 101–6 and 102–3). All meetings of the ACA are open to the public. DATES: The meeting will begin at approximately 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at the U.S. Department of Labor, Francis Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, and will continue until approximately 5:00 p.m. The meeting will reconvene on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time at the U.S. Department of Labor, Francis Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, and adjourn at approximately 4:00 p.m. Any updates to the agenda and meeting logistics will be posted on the Office of Apprenticeship’s homepage: http:// www.doleta.gov/oa/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Official, Mr. John V. Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–5311, Washington, DC 20210, Telephone: (202) 693–2796 (this is not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In order to promote openness, and increase public SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 participation, webinar and audio conference technology will be used throughout the meeting. Webinar and audio instructions will be prominently posted on the Office of Apprenticeship homepage: http://www.doleta.gov/oa/. Members of the public can attend the meeting in-person or virtually. Members of the public that will attend the meeting in-person are encouraged to arrive early to allow for security clearance into the Francis Perkins Building. Security and Transportation Instructions for the Frances Perkins Building Meeting participants should use the visitor’s entrance to access the Frances Perkins Building, one block north of Constitution Avenue on 3rd and C Streets NW. For security purposes meeting participants must: 1. Present valid photo identification (ID) to receive a visitor badge. 2. Know the name of the event you are attending: the meeting event is the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship meeting. 3. Visitor badges are issued by the security officer at the Visitor Entrance located at 3rd and C Streets NW., as described above. 4. Laptops and other electronic devices may be inspected and logged for identification purposes. 5. Due to limited parking options, Metro rail is the easiest way to travel to the Frances Perkins Building. For individuals wishing to take metro rail, the closest metro stop to the building is Judiciary Square on the Red Line. Notice of Intent To Attend the Meeting All meeting participants are being asked to submit a notice of intent to attend by Monday, November 3, 2014, via email to Mr. John V. Ladd at oa.administrator@dol.gov, with the subject line ‘‘November 2014 ACA Meeting.’’ 1. Please indicate if you will be attending virtually, or in-person, to ensure adequate space is arranged to accommodate all meeting participants. 2. If individuals have special needs and/or disabilities that will require special accommodations, please contact Kenya Huckaby on (202) 693–3795 or via email at huckaby.kenya@dol.gov no later than Monday, November 3, 2014. 3. Any member of the public who wishes to file written data or comments pertaining to the agenda may do so by sending the data or comments to Mr. John V. Ladd via email at oa.administrator@dol.gov, subject line ‘‘November 2014 ACA Meeting,’’ or to the Office of Apprenticeship, E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Final Notice of Job Corps Center for Closure

AGENCY: Office of Job Corps, Employment and Training Administration 
(ETA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. 
Department of Labor (Department or DOL) issues this notice to announce 
its final decision to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps Center. The 
Office of Job Corps (OJC) in ETA published a proposed methodology for 
selecting centers for closure at 78 FR 2284 on January 10, 2013. Based 
on public comments received, the Office of Job Corps published a 
revised methodology for selecting centers for closure at 79 FR 36823 on 
June 30, 2014. Based on review of those comments, the Office of Job 
Corps published its final closure methodology and announced its 
proposed decision to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps Center at 79 FR 
51198 on August 27, 2014. A total of 13 public comments were received 
in response to the proposal to close Treasure Lake. After reviewing all 
comments, the Department has decided to close the Treasure Lake Job 
Corps Center.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, Acting National 
Director, Office of Job Corps, ETA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-4463, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone 
(202) 693-3000 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with 
hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via 
TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1 
(877) 889-5627 (TTY/TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Process for Selecting Job Corps Center for Closure

    On August 14, 2012, the Office of Job Corps hosted a national Job 
Corps listening session, via webinar, with the Job Corps community to 
solicit input on the methodology factors for selecting Job Corps 
centers for closure. More than 100 Job Corps stakeholders participated 
in the session and provided criteria-related suggestions in the areas 
of performance, geographic location, local economic impact, contract 
budgets, facilities, and the time period for evaluating chronic low 
performance.
    On January 10, 2013, OJC published a Federal Register Notice 
requesting public comments on a proposed methodology for selecting Job 
Corps centers for closure (78 FR 2284). A total of 18 public comments 
were received. As a result of analysis, OJC revised the methodology 
factors for selection of Job Corps centers for closure. OJC also 
proposed additional considerations for inclusion as factors in the 
methodology.
    On June 30, 2014, OJC published a second Federal Register Notice 
requesting public comments on a revised methodology for selecting Job 
Corps centers for closure (79 FR 36823). The comment period for the 
June 30, 2014 Federal Register Notice was open from June 30, 2014 to 
July 21, 2014. A total of 11 public comments were received. After 
reviewing these comments, OJC decided not to make any changes to the 
proposed methodology.
    On August 27, 2014, OJC published a third Federal Register Notice 
announcing the final methodology. Applying the methodology, Job Corps 
also announced its proposed decision to close the Treasure Lake Job 
Corps Center in Indiahoma, Oklahoma. The Notice further requested 
comments on the proposed decision to close Treasure Lake.
    The comment period for the August 27, 2014, Federal Register Notice 
was open from August 27, 2014, to September 26, 2014. Thirteen (13) 
public comments were received in response to the proposed decision to 
close Treasure Lake. OJC considered these comments in making its final 
decision to close Treasure Lake.
    The comments are summarized briefly and discussed below.
    Two commenters generally supported the Job Corps' decision to close 
Treasure Lake.
    One commenter criticized the methodology that Job Corps developed 
and applied in determining which center to close. Since commenters had 
ample time to discuss those issues in response to two previous Federal 
Register Notices, and because the August 27, 2014, FRN requested 
comments only on the proposed selection of Treasure Lake, we consider 
this comment to be out of scope and will not respond to it here.
    One commenter expressed their belief that Job Corps' decision 
ignores Congress' intent with respect to measuring and improving center 
performance as manifested in its passage of the Workforce Innovation 
and Opportunity Act (WIOA). As noted in the August 27, 2014, FRN, the 
actions available to Job Corps to improve performance under WIOA are 
consistent with those available under the Workforce Investment Act 
(WIA). Waiting until WIOA becomes effective on July 1, 2015, would 
adversely affect those students who may otherwise have the opportunity 
to attend a higher performing center. OJC believes that implementing 
reforms to the Job Corps program now while working toward successful 
implementation of WIOA will lead to the greatest improvement across the 
Job Corps system.
    Two commenters asserted that closing Treasure Lake would cost $10.5 
million and would be an inefficient use of Job Corps' resources. OJC 
cannot respond to the commenters' cost estimate because it is unclear 
how they developed it. More broadly, OJC is focused on the longer-term 
cost efficiencies that will result from achieving better results for 
current and future Job Corps students with the limited funds available.
    The same commenters argued that Program Year 2013 data shows that 
Treasure Lake's successful placement of graduates in full time 
employment upon graduation and those graduates' high job retention 
rates indicate that Treasure Lake is not a poorly performing center. 
However, these commenters point only to three of the fifteen measures 
that comprise Treasure Lake's Outcome Measurement System (OMS) score. 
On the remaining twelve measures Treasure Lake was in the bottom 
quintile of performance for eleven of them. In addition, Treasure 
Lake's PY 2013 OMS score was a full seven percentage points lower than 
its PY 2012 OMS score. Accordingly, OJC had no basis to conclude that 
Treasure Lake's overall performance in PY 2013 constituted significant 
performance improvement such that it should have been exempt from 
closure.
    One commenter expressed concern that there was not sufficient 
opportunity for stakeholder input. OJC disagrees. As discussed above, 
in addition to holding a broadly attended listening session with all 
potentially affected stakeholders, the Department published three 
separate Federal Register Notices, including two specifically 
requesting comments on the proposed methodology to which the public, 
including stakeholders, could provide substantive comments.
    One commenter asserts, based on Senate Report 112-176, that 
Congress mandated for Job Corps to exhaust all options to improve a 
center before closing it, which, it asserts, OJC had not done in this 
case. Job Corps disagrees with the commenter's assertion, and believes 
that Treasure Lake has been given ample opportunity to demonstrate 
sustained performance improvement. In

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addition, as the referenced report, Senate Report 112-176, was a report 
on proposed but never enacted legislation we disagree that it provides 
evidence of Congress' intent on this matter.
    The same commenter expressed their opinion that Treasure Lake has 
not been on its Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) for sufficient time 
to make performance improvement. OJC disagrees that additional time and 
resources will lead to improved performance. Despite having been on a 
PIP and having received assistance for at least the past two years, 
Treasure Lake's performance has dramatically decreased. Between PY 2011 
and PY 2013, Treasure Lake's OMS score has decreased more than 18 
percentage points, from 94.5% to 76%. To OJC, this performance decline 
indicates that additional resources should not be expended to attempt 
to improve performance. Balanced against the lost opportunity for 
current and future students to attend a higher performing center, OJC 
believes that closing Treasure Lake achieves the best outcome for the 
program.
    Several commenters generally expressed their opinion, based on 
their experience at the center, the opportunities that the center 
provides for troubled youth, and the impact that the center has on the 
broader community, that Job Corps should not close Treasure Lake. The 
core mission of Job Corps is to train students to become more 
employable, responsible, and productive citizens, and we believe that 
we will advance this mission by closing Treasure Lake and enhancing 
opportunities for current and future students at higher performing 
centers.
    Finally, one comment was received that is outside the scope of the 
requested response, and was therefore not considered.

Job Corps Center Selected for Closure and the Closure Process

    Based on its application of the closure methodology as described in 
the August 27, 2014, Federal Register Notice and OJC's consideration of 
the comments received in response to the August 27, 2014, Federal 
Register Notice, OJC has decided to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps 
Center.
    OJC will implement the closure process following the center closure 
requirements in WIA section 159(g) and other applicable requirements.

    Signed in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of October 2014.
Portia Wu,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training .
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