Workforce Investment Act Amendments; Supplement
Given that the Department of Labor (the Department) is now posting public comments on the Internet through the http:// www.regulations.gov Web site, the federal eRulemaking portal, the following language should be inserted at the end of the ADDRESSES section of the preamble for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at 71 FR 76558 (December 20, 2006). ``Please note that comments received will be posted on the http:// www.regulations.gov Web site. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is the federal eRulemaking portal and all comments received will be available and accessible to the public. Therefore, the Department recommends that commenters safeguard their personal information such as Social Security Numbers, personal addresses, telephone numbers, and e- mail addresses included in their comments as such may become easily available to the public via the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. If a comment is e-mailed directly to the Department's address without going through http://www.regulations.gov, the comment will have the sender's e-mail address attached to it and therefore, the e-mail address and information contained therein may be posted online. It is the responsibility of the commenter to safeguard their information. All comments received will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov and may be posted without information redacted. However, for comments that were submitted to ETA before the publication of this Supplement, ETA will make every effort to redact apparently confidential information before posting the comment on http://www.regulations.gov.''
Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of Aliens in Agriculture and Logging in the United States: 2007 Adverse Effect Wage Rates, Allowable Charges for Agricultural and Logging Workers' Meals, and Maximum Travel Subsistence Reimbursement
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this Notice to announce the 2007 AEWRs for employers seeking to employ temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers to perform agricultural labor or services (H-2A workers) or logging (H-2 logging workers); the allowable charges for 2007 that employers seeking H-2A workers and H-2 logging workers may levy upon their workers when three meals a day are provided by the employer; and the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement which a worker with receipts may claim in 2007. AEWRs are the minimum wage rates the Department has determined must be offered and paid by employers of H-2A workers or H-2 logging workers to U.S. and foreign workers. AEWRs are established in order to prevent the employment of these foreign workers from adversely affecting wages of similarly employed U.S. workers. The Department also announces the minimum and maximum charge of travel subsistence expenses a worker may claim in 2007.
High Growth Job Training Initiative Grants for the Long-Term Care Sector of the Health Care Industry; Solicitation for Grant Applications
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $2.5 million in grant funds for demand-driven regional approaches to meeting the workforce challenges of the long-term care sector of the health care industry under the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative. The President's High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) is a strategic effort to prepare workers for new and increasing job opportunities in high-growth, high-demand, and economically vital industries and sectors of the American economy. Through the initiative, ETA identifies high-growth, high-demand industries, evaluates their skill needs, and funds local and national partnership-based demonstration projects that: (a) Address workforce challenges identified by employers; and (b) prepare workers for good jobs with career pathways in these rapidly expanding or transforming industries. When linked to broader regional economic and talent development strategies, the HGJTI approach strengthens regional employment and economic opportunities. The products, models, and effective approaches that result from HGJTI investments will be broadly disseminated to employers, education and training providers, and the workforce system to build their capacity to respond to employers' workforce needs. Grant funds awarded under this Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) should be used to implement industry-driven training solutions that address the long-term care sector's critical workforce challenges. Each solution must take place in the context of a regional strategic partnership between the workforce investment system, long-term care employers, and education and training providers, as well as other public and private sector partners that bring critical assets to the table. Proposed solutions should take full advantage of existing workforce development models, promising practices, and tools. Solutions must either take an existing promising solution, model, or approach to scale in the region or adapt a solution that has been demonstrated to have positive impact on the identified workforce development challenges in another region. Applicants may be public, private for-profit, and private non- profit organizations. It is anticipated that average individual awards will be approximately $500,000.
Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA), Grants for Program Year 2006
The Women's Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announce the availability of $972,180 to establish a grant program for the purpose of assisting employers and labor unions in the placement and retention of women in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations. This program year 2006 SGA is authorized under the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Act of 1992, Pub. L. 102-530, 29 U.S.C. 2501 et seq. To that end, the OA and the WB plan to disburse 2006 WANTO grant funds to three community-based organizations (CBOs) including faith-based organizations (FBOs)/ registered apprenticeship program (RAP) consortia to conduct innovative projects to improve the recruitment, selection, training, employment, and retention of women in apprenticeships in the construction industry. Each CBO/RAP consortium must consist of a minimum of: (1) a construction industry Registered Apprenticeship Program sponsor, and (2) a CBO (which may be faith based) with demonstrated experience in securing job training services from established training institutions such as community colleges, and providing placement and support services to women in construction industry jobs. It is anticipated that awards will be in the amount of approximately $300,000.
Workforce Investment Act; Native American Employment and Training Council
Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463), as amended, and Section 166(h)(4) of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) [29 U.S.C. 2911(h)(4)], notice is hereby given of the next meeting of the Native American Employment and Training Council (NAETC), as constituted under WIA. Time And Date: The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, and continue until 5 p.m. that day. The period from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on February 28, 2007, will be reserved for participation and presentation by members of the public. The meeting will reconvene at 9 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 1, 2007, and adjourn at approximately 5 p.m. on that day. Place: All sessions will be held at the Wyndham Washington DC- Monticello West Room, 1400 M Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005. Status: The meeting will be open to the public. Persons who need special accommodations should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO), Mr. Craig Lewis, at (202) 693-3384 by February 22, 2007. Matters To Be Considered: The formal agenda will focus on the following topics: (1) Presentation on the Employment and Training Administration's Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development initiative and other relevant issues; (2) NAETC election of officers; (3) Review of Program Year 2005 performance results; and (4) Work Group Reports and Recommendations.
Implementation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Performance Measures Under Public Law 109-365
On October 17, 2006, President Bush signed into law the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006 (OAA-2006). Title V of OAA-2006 authorizes the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The law calls for the Department of Labor (DOL) to establish and implement new SCSEP measures of performance by Program Year (PY) 2007 (which begins July 1, 2007) after consultation with stakeholders. DOL is publishing this notice to solicit public input on implementation of the performance indicators. Key Dates: To ensure consideration of comments in light of the compressed statutory timeline, please submit comments on or before February 22, 2007. DOL will consider comments submitted after that date to the extent possible.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Form ETA-232, the Domestic Agricultural In-Season Wage Report, and Form ETA-232A, Wage Survey Interview Record
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 the proposed and/or continuing collection 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.
Request for Certification of Compliance-Rural Industrialization Loan and Grant Program
The Employment and Training Administration is issuing this notice to announce the receipt of a ``Certification of Non-Relocation and Market and Capacity Information Report'' (Form 4279-2) for the following: Applicant/Location: Dolphins America, LLC/Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Principal Product: The loan, guarantee, or grant application is for facility construction and start-up operating budget. The NAICS industry code for this enterprise is 713110 (Amusement Parkse.g., theme, water).
America's Job Bank
The U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) intends to provide hyperlinks to Web sites to aid customers to find an alternative job bank when America's Job Bank (AJB) is phased out on June 30, 2007. ETA is issuing this notice to solicit information from private-sector job bank Web sites interested in applying to be included in the list of Web links.