Announcement of the Career Videos for America's Job Seekers Challenge
In today's tight employment market the publicly funded workforce investment system has a major responsibility to maximize unemployed workers' opportunities for rapid reemployment by quickly connecting them to the full scope of available jobs. The ability to make such connections can be improved by increasing the workers' knowledge of the jobs that are in demand. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has identified 15 high-wage and in-demand occupations about which the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would like to share information with the public. To this end, ETA invites members of the public to produce short (1-3 minute) videos focusing on one of 15 occupations' daily activities, necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs), and career pathways. Video makers are free to choose which occupation to film from the list of selected occupations. After DOL staff screen all video submissions, the public (including job seekers, One Stop Career Center staff, and our partners in the workforce development system) will vote for their favorite video in each occupation category. These top videos will then be made accessible to the workforce system and posted on DOL Web sites, and the creators of the top videos will receive a cash prize. Successful video challenges have been held at the Department of State, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other Federal agencies.
Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) to Fund Demonstration Projects
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), announces the availability of $12.2 million from funds made available through the FY 2010 DOL budget for Training and Employment Services for grants to State Workforce Agencies (SWA) to develop the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). Grants awarded will provide SWAs the opportunity to develop and use State workforce longitudinal administrative data systems. These State longitudinal data systems will, at a minimum, include information on programs that provide training, employment services, and unemployment insurance and will be linked longitudinally at the individual level to allow for analysis which will lead to enhanced opportunity for program evaluation and lead to better information for customers and stakeholders of the workforce system. Where such longitudinal systems do not exist or are incipient, WDQI grant assistance may be used to design and develop workforce data systems that are longitudinal and which are designed to link with relevant education data or longitudinal education data systems. WDQI grant assistance may also be used to improve upon and more effectively use existing State longitudinal systems.
Comment Request for Information Collection for the SCSEP Data Collection System, OMB Control No. 1205-0040, Extension With Revisions
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), expiring October 31, 2010. Changes are due to the following: (1) In December of 2009, SCSEP received additional funds authorized by the Department of Labor Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 111-117, section D) signed December 17, 2009, thus increasing the anticipated number of SCSEP participants and, therefore, increasing the overall record-keeping burden. (2) In addition, information collection forms have been modified as necessitated by the reauthorization of the SCSEP legislation (2006 Amendments to the Older Americans Act, Pub. L. 109-365) and the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 07-288); changes in overall burden for some forms based on actual usage statistics; and the requirement to publish changes to the Internet-based SCSEP Performance and Results QPR (SPARQ) system that go into effect on July 1, 2010.
Workforce Investment Act; Lower Living Standard Income Level
Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-220), the Secretary of Labor annually determines the Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) for uses described in the law. WIA defines the term ``Low Income Individual'' as one who qualifies under various criteria, including an individual who received income for a six-month period that does not exceed the higher level of the poverty line or 70 percent of the LLSIL. This issuance provides the Secretary's annual LLSIL for 2010 and references the current 2009 Health and Human Services ``Poverty Guidelines.'' Congress has taken action to keep the 2009 HHS poverty guidelines in effect until at least May 31, 2010.
Proposed Information Collection for the Evaluation of the Community-Based Job Training Grants; Comment Request
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments on a new data collection for the Evaluation of the Community- Based Job Training Grants.