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(Dec 22 2014)   Update of the O*NET Tools and Technology Database 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Program: Secretarial Intent to Issue a Declaratory Order 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   Broadband and Regional Economic Development; USDA RUS Announces Opening of FY 2015 Application Window for the Community Connect Grant Program 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   HHS/ACF Seeks Comment on Extension of Two TANF Reports, Including Work Measures and Movement of Individuals into Private Sector Employment 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   MDRC Releases WorkAdvance Report on Sector-Focused Career Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   Department of Education Announces Funding Opportunity under "Student Support Services" Program; Objective to Increase Matriculation of Disadvantaged, Low-Income College Students 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   American Council on Education Announces 25 Institutions to Participate in Alternative Credit Project; Focus Placed on Increasing Attainment Levels for Nontraditional Learners with Some College, No Degree 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   Building Data-Driven Workforce Solutions: Comments on the Kickoff Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   BLS Releases "Work Experience of the Population (2013)" 
 
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(Dec 22 2014)   H-2A Programs: ETA Publishes 2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates 
 
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(Dec 16 2014)   Transportation Sector: New Report on Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction 
 
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(Dec 16 2014)   EDA Announces Archived Webinar on “Accelerating-Led Regional Partnership for Talent Development” Now Available for Viewing”  
 
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(Dec 16 2014)   NIST Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to MEP Centers for Pilot Business-to-Business Networks 
 
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(Dec 16 2014)   CERCLA/Superfund: EPA Publishes Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY 2015; Identifies Enhancement Opportunity to 'Collaborate with Local Workforce Entities' 
 
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(Dec 16 2014)   Transportation Sector: New Report on Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction 
 
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(Dec 16 2014)   Aspen Institute's Report - 'Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S.' - Now Available 
 
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(Dec 16 2014)   Department of Education Corrects Regulatory Text, Footnotes and Chart in Gainful Employment Rule 
 
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(Dec 15 2014)   Administration Selects 26 Communities to Develop Local Food Projects, Encourage Economic Expansion; Youth Policy Institute in Los Angeles, Choctaw Nation among Recipients 
 
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(Dec 15 2014)   Unemployment Insurance: ETA Announces Availability of Online Tool in Support of Integrity Activities and Practices 
 
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(Dec 15 2014)   HHS/ONC Announce "Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (2015-2020)"; Document Open for Comment until February 6, 2015  
 
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(Dec 15 2014)   NACO and NADO Announce New Innovation Challenge Program for Coal-reliant Counties and Regions  
 
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(Dec 15 2014)   IMLS Announces Availability of "Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries"; Identifies Other Funding for Support of "National Digital Platform" and "Learning Spaces in Libraries" 
 
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(Dec 15 2014)   Census Bureau Announces Job-to-Job Flows (J2J) Data in Beta 
 
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(Dec 15 2014)   Census Bureau Releases OnTheMap Version 6.3 
 
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(Dec 9 2014)   Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnerships: Presentations from October 2014 Summit Now Available 
 
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(Dec 9 2014)   Department of Labor Publishes "Immigration Fact Sheets" 
 
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(Dec 9 2014)   Census Bureau Seeks Comment on "National Content Test" as Part of R&D Cycle Leading to Re-Engineered 2020 Census 
 
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(Dec 9 2014)   OMB Publishes Statistical Policy Directive No. 1 - Fundamental Responsibilities of Federal Statistical Agencies and Recognized Statistical Units 
 
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(Dec 8 2014)   ETA Seeks Comments on (1) Proposed New Information Collection: Pre-Apprenticeship – Pathways to Success and (2) Proposed Change in Reporting Form  
 
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(Dec 8 2014)   ETA Seeks Public Comment on Extension (with Minor Revisions) of the O*NET Data Collections 
 
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(Dec 8 2014)   Unemployment Insurance: ETA Seeks Public Comment on the Experience Rating Report 
 
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(Dec 8 2014)   Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Announces Launch of Interactive Business Resource Tool; New Bill Designed to Support Off-Campus Microlabs 
 
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(Dec 1 2014)   National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Hold Initial Organizational Meeting on December 5; Plans to Address 'Workforce/Talent" as Focus Area 
 

 

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Update of the O*NET Tools and Technology Database


An update From the O*NET Resource Center:

The Tools and Technology (T2) database provides information on machines, equipment, tools, and software that workers may use for optimal functioning in a high performance workplace. This release includes an update on 220 occupations. Over 60,000 tools and technologies have now been identified, covering all 973 occupations included in the O*NET-SOC 2010 taxonomy.

Visit our Developer's Corner to download the file or sign up for O*NET Web Services. Or, explore the new T2 data in O*NET OnLine and My Next Move.

 

H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Program: Secretarial Intent to Issue a Declaratory Order


The Secretary of Labor is considering issuing on his own motion a declaratory order confirming that he has exclusive authority to make legal and policy determinations based on his statutory and regulatory authority to administer and enforce the H-2B temporary labor certification program. Such a declaratory order would remove uncertainty about that authority created by a decision of the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals in Island Holdings LLC, 2013-PWD-00002 (BALCA Dec. 3, 2013) (en banc).

The Secretary has issued a December 17, 2014 notice pursuant to the authority granted in the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 554(e), to issue declaratory orders "to terminate a controversy or remove uncertainty." The Secretary will accept comments from the public on this Notice for 30 days, and may issue a declaratory order after consideration of all comments received in that timeframe.

This Notice is effective December 17, 2014. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this Declaratory Order on or before January 16, 2015.  More...

 

Broadband and Regional Economic Development; USDA RUS Announces Opening of FY 2015 Application Window for the Community Connect Grant Program


The purpose of the Community Connect Grant Program is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide currently unserved areas, on a "community-oriented connectivity" basis, with broadband service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, health care, and public safety services.

USDA's Rural Utilities Service this week has announced its Community Connect Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. This notice is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act to allow potential applicants time to submit proposals and give USDA RUS time to process applications within the current fiscal year. RUS will publish on its Web site the amount of funding received in any continuing resolution or the final appropriations act, if any. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant's risk. RUS will give priority to rural areas that have the greatest need for broadband services, based on the criteria contained herein.

The minimum grant amount is $100,000; the maximum grant amount is $3,000,000. Applications are due by February 17, 2015.

Click here for full background, eligible organizations, and application criteria.

 

HHS/ACF Seeks Comment on Extension of Two TANF Reports, Including Work Measures and Movement of Individuals into Private Sector Employment


The Temporary Aid for Needy Families TANF program was reauthorized under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The statute eliminated the funding for the High Performance Bonus (HPB) under section 403(a)(4). Nevertheless the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services is required under section 413(d) to annually rank State performance in moving TANF recipients into private sector employment. ACF is, therefore, requesting that States continue to transmit monthly files of adult TANF recipients necessary to calculate the work measures performance data. To the extent States do not provide the requested information,  ACF will extract the matching information from the TANF Data Report. This may result in calculation of the work performance measures based on sample data, which would provide us less precise information on States' performance.

Click here for full background and in the instructions for submitting comments.

ACF is also seeking public comment of the three-year extension of the ACF-204 (Annual MOE Report).

The report is used to collect descriptive program characteristics information on the programs operated by States and Territories in association with their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs. All State and Territory expenditures claimed toward States and Territories MOE requirements must be appropriate, i.e., meet all applicable MOE requirements.

The Annual MOE Report provides the ability to learn about and to monitor the nature of State and Territory expenditures used to meet States and Territories MOE requirements, and it is an important source of information about the different ways that States and Territories are using their resources to help families attain and maintain self-sufficiency.

In addition, the report is used to obtain State and Territory program characteristics for ACFs annual report to Congress, and the report serves as a useful resource to use in Congressional hearings about how TANF programs are evolving, in assessing State the Territory MOE expenditures, and in assessing the need for legislative changes.

Click here for full background and in the instructions for submitting comments.

 

MDRC Releases WorkAdvance Report on Sector-Focused Career Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults


From the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education December 16 Newsletter

Current data, including that found in the OECD's report, Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says, shows that many low-skilled adults across the nation experience difficulty securing family-sustaining employment and career advancement. Concurrently, many employers are reporting that they have experienced challenges in finding skilled employees, even during times of high unemployment. Tackling both employer and worker needs are key priorities for public workforce systems and development organizations. To that end, the MDRC recently released its first WorkAdvance report, Meeting the Needs of Workers and Employers: Implementation of a Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults, which, in its early findings, provides insight on this critical issue. Entities providing and coordinating services for adult learners may benefit from reviewing this report.

According to MDRC, the WorkAdvance program model integrates the most salient features of two critical areas of workforce policy: “ 'sectoral' strategies, which seek to meet the needs of both workers and employers by preparing individuals for quality jobs in specific high-demand industries or occupational clusters; and, job retention and career advancement strategies, which seek to improve workers’ prospects for sustained employment and upward mobility.”  The model, according to the report, offers sequenced, sector-focused program components for up to two years following enrollment. These include “preemployment and career readiness services, occupational skills training, job development and placement, and postemployment retention and advancement services.”   The report notes that four organizations (two in New York City, one in Tulsa, Okla., and one in greater Cleveland) are presently operating WorkAdvance programs centering on a variety of sectors and types of experience and approaches.

This report contains early results from the four local program providers on their individual renderings of the model into effective programs. It includes lessons that may be useful to organizations that are interested in implementing sector-focused career advancement programs comparable to WorkAdvance. It also offers lessons and insights for practitioners and workforce development professionals on best practices and implementation challenges for a program similar to WorkAdvance.

Key report findings (See full report for complete details.):

  • The model is challenging - it requires that providers work effectively with both employers and program participants and incorporate a new postemployment advancement component. “Yet all four providers are now delivering each of the WorkAdvance components, with postemployment services being the least developed.”
  • Screening for program entry was driven by employer needs and, on average, only one in five applicants were qualified for the program.
  • “Soft” (essential) skills, taught in career-readiness classes, emerged as being of similar importance to participants and employers as the technical skills acquired in occupational skills training.
  • Early indications indicate that completion rates for occupational skills training are high, with variance across the providers. In most instances, completion of the training led to industry-recognized credentials for trainees - a critical first step toward attaining sector-based jobs.

MDRC plans to release a second report in late 2015. It will provide an in-depth look at the WorkAdvance implementation, as well as findings on program costs, impacts on employment, earnings, and other outcomes. Collectively, these two reports will give policymakers, practitioners, and funders valuable information “on the feasibility, impact, and cost of expanding and replicating a model of this type for low-income populations in various local contexts.”

WorkAdvance program operations and evaluations are funded through the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a public-private partnership administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This SIF project is led by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity, in collaboration with MDRC. For more detailed information, please read the report’s executive summary and/or the full report.

 

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Department of Education Announces Funding Opportunity under "Student Support Services" Program; Objective to Increase Matriculation of Disadvantaged, Low-Income College Students


The purpose of the Student Support Services (SSS) Program under the aegis of the Department of Education is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The support services that are provided should increase the retention and graduation rates for these categories of students and facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities. The support services should also foster an institutional climate that supports the success of students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are historically underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students. Student support services should also improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

The Department of Education published a December 18 notice of funding opportunity under SSS, noting:

the Administration has requested $838,252,000 for the Federal TRIO Programs for FY 2015, of which we intend to use an estimated $265,706,546 for new SSS awards under this competition and $23,966,448 for continuation awards to current SSS grantees. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for the Federal TRIO Programs. (A total of 1,026 awards is anticipated at an average size of $282,000.)

Applications are due by February 2, 2015.
 

American Council on Education Announces 25 Institutions to Participate in Alternative Credit Project; Focus Placed on Increasing Attainment Levels for Nontraditional Learners with Some College, No Degree


The American Council on Education (ACE) announced on December 15 that 25 colleges and universities are joining an alternative credit consortium as part of an innovative initiative to create a more flexible pathway toward a college degree for millions of nontraditional learners.

The 25 institutions serving in this pilot project have agreed to accept all or most of the transfer credit sought by students who successfully complete courses that are part of a selected pool of about 100 low-cost or no-cost lower division general education online courses. These institutions also will help identify the sources, criteria and quality of the courses.

The participating institutions represent a diverse group of four-year and two-year, public and private, non-profit and for-profit colleges and universities that have a strong commitment to access and attainment and serving nontraditional learners. They are:

  • American Public University;
  • Capella University;
  • Central Michigan University;
  • Charter Oak State College;
  • Colorado Community College System;
  • Colorado Technical University;
  • East Carolina University;
  • Fayetteville State University;
  • Fort Hays State University;
  • Goodwin College;
  • John F. Kennedy University;
  • Kaplan University;
  • Lakeland College;
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver;
  • National Louis University;
  • Northern Arizona University;
  • Northwestern State University;
  • Notre Dame College;
  • SUNY Empire State College;
  • Texas Woman's University;
  • Thomas Edison State College;
  • University of Baltimore;
  • University of Maryland University College;
  • University of Memphis;
  • University of North Carolina.

Participating institutions have agreed to provide anonymized data to ACE regarding the amount of credit their institution accepts, as well as progress and success rates of students transferring in courses through this project. Additional college, university and system partners will be recruited in fall 2015 to join the consortium.

This initiative is made possible by the generous support of a $1.89 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its initial focus will be on the more than 31 million adults who have completed some postsecondary coursework but lack a degree or credential; but many of these students represent first-generation, low-income students, so findings from this investment likely will apply to younger students from this population, as well.

As an additional part of the effort, ACE will expand its current work in the area of college credit recommendations by developing a quality framework and guidelines for issuing recommendations for digital micro-credentials, competency-based programs, and non-degree certificate programs.

 

Building Data-Driven Workforce Solutions: Comments on the Kickoff Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship


December 15 guest blog post on the Department of Commerce website by Chauncy Lennon, Senior Program Director, Workforce Initiatives JP Morgan Chase Foundation and Member of the Commerce Department's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

Last Friday was the kickoff meeting for NACIE 2.0 – the Department of Commerce's National Advisory Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I was proud to join my fellow committee members to address global competiveness. Without question, the meeting started in what can only be described as a sprint out of the blocks. We began the morning with Secretary Pritzker asking us what transformational investments and policies the Federal Government facilitate to help communities, businesses, and workers be globally competitive. By the end of the day we were presenting a list of ideas with the potential to answer this charge. Additional comments from Julie Kirk, Director of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Tom Kalil, Deputy Director of Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, helped frame the opportunities ahead.

A new and welcomed feature of NACIE 2.0 is three subcommittees focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.  I'm looking forward to serving on the workforce subcommittee. At JPMorgan Chase, we've just completed the first year of New Skills at Work, a five-year, $250 million global initiative supporting the development of data-driven workforce training and education solutions to help address the mismatch between the needs of employers and the skills of current job seekers. As the subcommittee got to work on honing its list of priorities, labor market information and data quickly rose to the top. Advancing the US workforce, helping industries compete, and fostering innovation all require better data and systems to process and share it with employers, educators and workforce trainers.

The limitations government, business and educators face in understanding education pipelines, career pathways, and the different types of credentials workers currently create significant economic growth challenges. Without data, employers don't know if the workforce in their region can meet their skill needs. The same goes for job seekers. If education attainment is not linked to the needs of businesses, high schools, colleges and training providers struggle to know exactly what credentials and degrees students might need to find jobs in different sectors and industries.

As a result, both employers and job seekers suffer because of insufficient data. Job seekers have a hard time knowing about current and future employment opportunities while employers lack access to the quality data informing them about the results of training and education programs.

Building stronger data systems will take time. But it is the perfect example of an idea that answers Secretary Pritzker's charge to NACIE: With the right information, we can transform our economy to benefit everyone.

 

BLS Releases "Work Experience of the Population (2013)"


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 16 that a total of 157.0 million persons worked at some point during 2013. The proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over who worked at some time during 2013 was 63.5 percent, little different from 63.8 percent in 2012. The number of persons who experienced some unemployment during 2013 decreased by 1.5 million to 20.9 million.

These data are based on information collected in the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is a monthly survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ASEC collects information on employment and unemployment experienced during the prior calendar year.

News Release / Access to Datasets

 

H-2A Programs: ETA Publishes 2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates


The Employment and Training Administration has issued a December 19, 2014 notice to announce the 2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services.

AEWRs are the minimum wage rates the Department has determined must be offered and paid by employers to H-2A workers and workers in corresponding employment for a particular occupation and area so that the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers will not be adversely affected.

 

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Transportation Sector: New Report on Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction


A new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research and Jobs for the Future finds that although federal transportation dollars can be used to fund training and support services to improve gender diversity in construction, few states are taking advantage of this opportunity. Jobs in highway, street, and bridge construction—jobs that typically provide family-supporting wages with good benefits—are projected to grow by more than 20 percent until 2022. The report, Untapped Resources, Untapped Labor Pool: Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction, identifies case studies in Maryland and Oregon for using federal highway funding to build sustainable pathways for women to skilled construction work.

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EDA Announces Archived Webinar on “Accelerating-Led Regional Partnership for Talent Development” Now Available for Viewing”


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting proposals for a national partner to help coordinate the Accelerating Industry-led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development Program, a new learning exchange that will focus on building critical public-private partnerships to accelerate job skills development across America. Under this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), EDA seeks a national non-profit partner that will work with the Department’s team to launch a learning exchange that will identify, promote, and expand on successful best practices for industry-driven regional partnerships for talent development. EDA conducted a December 3 webinar for interested parties; the webinar is now archived for viewing.

12/3/14 WEBINAR: Accelerating Industry-led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development Program (the webinar is now available for viewing)

Press Release: U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks National Partner to Help Lead New Program to Boost Job Talent Development Across America

Commerce Blog Post: U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks National Partner to Help Lead New Program to Boost Job Talent Development Across America

Federal Funding Opportunity Notice

Frequently Asked Questions

Fact Sheet

 

NIST Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to MEP Centers for Pilot Business-to-Business Networks


Subject: Training and Employment Notice 38-11: Benefits of Collaboration Between State/Local Workforce Investment Boards and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 10 Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers to pilot online regional business-to-business network projects. The networks will help match buyers and sellers of technologies or products and services in support of small and midsize manufacturers.

Each awardee will receive a total of $250,000for a two-year project. The pilots are designed to be scalable and interoperable to help determine if they might be expanded into a national network or a series of regional ones. The networks are expected to include technologies available at federal laboratories and universities and, therefore, enhance the framework for collaboration between the private and public sectors through the nationwide network of MEP centers.

News Release / Listing and Profiles of Awardees

 

CERCLA/Superfund: EPA Publishes Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY 2015; Identifies Enhancement Opportunity to 'Collaborate with Local Workforce Entities'


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to accept requests, from December 8, 2014 through January 31, 2015, for grants to supplement State and Tribal Response Programs. A December 3, 2014 notice provides guidance on eligibility for funding, use of funding, grant mechanisms and process for awarding funding, the allocation system for distribution of funding, and terms and reporting under these grants. EPA has consulted with state and tribal officials in developing this guidance.

The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements and a public record. Another goal is to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their funding to increase their response capacity.

For fiscal year 2015, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will be available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they apply for and carry out these grants.

Note this excerpt: Additionally, state and tribal response programs enhancement activities can include facilitating the participation of the state and local agencies (e.g., transportation, water, other infrastructure) in implementation of brownfields projects. Another example of program enhancement activities can be for states and tribes to assist local communities to collaborate with local workforce development entities or Brownfields job training recipients on the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites.

 

Transportation Sector: New Report on Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction


A new report from the Institute for Women''s Policy Research and Jobs for the Future finds that although federal transportation dollars can be used to fund training and support services to improve gender diversity in construction, few states are taking advantage of this opportunity. Jobs in highway, street, and bridge construction - jobs that typically provide family-supporting wages with good benefits - are projected to grow by more than 20 percent until 2022. The report, Untapped Resources, Untapped Labor Pool: Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction, identifies case studies in Maryland and Oregon for using federal highway funding to build sustainable pathways for women to skilled construction work.

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Aspen Institute's Report - 'Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S.' - Now Available


The Aspen Institute hosted a December 11 roundtable to explore the lessons learned from the Aspen Institute?s report (Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S.) and survey on impact investing and the opportunities it offers for advancing economic mobility for low-income families in the U.S.

In partnership with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, the Aspen Institute conducted a survey of active and emerging players in the U.S. impact investing field. We focused on learning more about investments in education, economic assets, and health and well-being - three of the most powerful levers for breaking the cycle of poverty. Thirty-nine individuals responded, representing 32 institutional investors from across investor types.

Target respondents included:

  • Private and community foundations;
  • Boutique investment funds;
  • Private financial institutions; and
  • Private wealth managers and institutional consultants.

The survey captured data along six dimensions:

  • Portfolio: Source of capital as well as portfolio characteristics
  • Social impact focus: Investors and investments who are actively investing in the target impact areas (education, economic assets, and health)
  • Social and financial performance metrics: Metrics and tools used to evaluate investment performance and their effectiveness
  • Investment pipeline and deal flow: Sources of deal flow and internal assessment process for making investments
  • Lessons learned and course corrections: Effective strategies and practices as well as challenges and gaps
  • Policy implications and regulatory environment: How policy influences strategies and decisions

Links to PDFs of full report and individual chapters.

 

Department of Education Corrects Regulatory Text, Footnotes and Chart in Gainful Employment Rule


The Department of Education published the final regulations for "Program Integrity: Gainful Employment" (Gainful Employment rule) in the October 21 FEDERAL REGISTER.  The Department published a notice in the December 4 FEDERAL REGISTER that corrects regulatory text, footnotes, and a chart in the Gainful Employment rule.

 

Administration Selects 26 Communities to Develop Local Food Projects, Encourage Economic Expansion; Youth Policy Institute in Los Angeles, Choctaw Nation among Recipients


On December 3, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Please, a federal initiative providing technical support, to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains.

Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Christopher Masingill announced seven communities in four states that will be receiving Local Foods, Local Places technical support in the Delta region via conference call. Projects in these communities will include efforts to create a local food network, establish a regional food innovation center and develop job training efforts around local food entrepreneurship. A complete list of communities participating in the Local Foods, Local Places Initiative is available here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/lflp_community_list.pdf

Local Foods, Local Places is a partnership among USDA, EPA, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The initiative draws on the Administration's Partnership for Sustainable Communities, USDA's Seven Strategies for Economic Development and other place-based strategies to address regional challenges. The 26 Local Foods, Local Places communities were chosen from among 316 applicants. The initiative is jointly funded at $800,000. This amount, and the projects it will support, will make a significant impact in communities involved in the Local Foods, Local Places initiative.

USDA Secretary Vilsack identified strengthening local food systems as one of the four pillars of USDA's commitment to rural economic development, along with production agriculture (including expanding export markets and improving research), promoting conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities, and growing the biobased economy. Local Foods, Local Places is part of USDA’s commitment to support local and regional food systems. USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative coordinates the Department's policy, resources, and outreach efforts related to local and regional food systems.

News Release

Listing of Recipient Communities / Investment Purposes

The Employment and Training Administration announce the availability of a new online tool that enables state workforce agencies to communicate with the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Integrity Center of Excellence (Center) about integrity activities, share successful integrity practices, and rapidly disseminate information about current and emerging fraud schemes.

Training and Employment 14-14 provides full background and describes the tool design.

 

Unemployment Insurance: ETA Announces Availability of Online Tool in Support of Integrity Activities and Practices


The Employment and Training Administration announce the availability of a new online tool that enables state workforce agencies to communicate with the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Integrity Center of Excellence (Center) about integrity activities, share successful integrity practices, and rapidly disseminate information about current and emerging fraud schemes.

Training and Employment 14-14 provides full background and describes the tool design.

 

HHS/ONC Announce "Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (2015-2020)"; Document Open for Comment until February 6, 2015


Following collaboration with more than 35 federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today issued the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

The Strategic Plan represents a coordinated and focused effort to appropriately collect, share, and use interoperable health information to improve health care, individual, community and public health, and advance research across the federal government and in collaboration with private industry.

The Strategic Plan, which is open for comments, serves as the broad federal strategy setting the context and framing the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap that will be released in early 2015. The Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap will help to define the implementation of how the federal government and private sector will approach sharing health information.

The 2015 Strategic Plan provides the federal government a strategy to move beyond health care to improve health, use health IT beyond EHRs, and use policy and incentive levers beyond the incentive programs,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for health IT and acting assistant secretary for health. “The success of this plan is also dependent upon insights from public and private stakeholders and we encourage their comments.”

More ... The Plan is available here.

 

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NACO and NADO Announce New Innovation Challenge Program for Coal-reliant Counties and Regions


From NACO:

Recently, the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation, with the support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, launched a new partnership to support county and regional leaders in coal-reliant communities with retooling their economies to become more resilient to changing conditions. Throughout 2015, NACo and NADO Research Foundation will host a series of three intensive, hands-on workshops designed to boost the innovative potential of coal-reliant counties and regions seeking to grow and diversify their economies. Counties and regions are asked to form teams to apply to enter the program. Teams that submit winning applications will be selected to attend a hands-on workshop guided by expert facilitators and practitioners. These workshops will be structured to guide counties and regions to design solutions tailored to their communities’ needs and identify implementable projects.

Note: There are separate competitions for each of the three workshop opportunities.

First Competition: Application opens: January 7, 2015 First workshop: mid-April, 2015 in eastern Kentucky

Second Competition: Application opens: late May, 2015 Second workshop: mid-September, 2015 in Colorado

Third Competition: Application opens: late August, 2015 Third workshop: mid-November, 2015 in West Virginia

The Innovation Challenge is open to all counties and regions in the U.S. that are economically linked to the coal industry, including those that are coal-producing and those that are home to significant concentrations of coal processing and related facilities. Applicants are asked to organize teams of no more than five people and must include at least one county elected official and an individual representing a regional development organization (such as an EDD staff member). The application for the first workshop, along with details about eligibility and other FAQs, will be available on NACo.org and NADO.org on January 7, 2015.

Questions can be directed to Kathy Nothstine at knothstine@naco.org or Jen Horton at jhorton@naco.org.

 

IMLS Announces Availability of "Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries"; Identifies Other Funding for Support of "National Digital Platform" and "Learning Spaces in Libraries"


Subjects: WIOA provisions addressing the potential role of libraries; Training and Employment Notice 50-09 (Encouraging Partnerships between the Workforce Investment System and Public Libraries to Meet Career and Employment Needs)

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries represents a special funding opportunity within the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices.

IMLS has announced a funding opportunity under this program on December 1.   Applicants may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible.

Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities, are eligible.  The deadline for proposals is February 2, 2015.

The IMLS has also identified a second funding opportunity  under the National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) program.  These investments are designed to support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. For the February 2 NLG deadline, IMLS accepts applications under two project categories/funding priorities: National digital platform and Learning spaces in libraries. IMLS is particularly interested in proposals that explore the following issues:

  • What will move the library and archival services in the United States forward?
  • What will help libraries and archives make decisions about their own investments in these areas?
  • What knowledge, capacity, functions or infrastructure can libraries and archives share?

IMLS conducted a series of focus meetings in 2014 that identified issues in each of these areas. The materials from those meetings may help inform the applicant’s development of projects.

 

Census Bureau Announces Job-to-Job Flows (J2J) Data in Beta


The U.S. Census Bureau has recently announced the beta availability of new national statistics on worker reallocation in the United States constructed from the LEHD data. The official release of the data will occur in early 2015. This new data distinguishes hires and separations associated with job change from hires from and separations to nonemployment. A separate file provides origin and destination job characteristics of workers changing jobs. This new data allows a comprehensive look at the reallocation of workers across different sectors of the U.S. economy. In addition to flows of workers across industries, the data allows examination of the flows of workers across state lines, by demographic characteristics such as age and education. Earnings changes associated with job change, another new feature of the J2J statistics, can help analysts better understand the nature of job ladders and lifetime earnings growth.

A short overview of the data and key statistics is available here: Job-to-Job Flows: Quick Start Guide PDF Icon (165 KB) More detailed information on the data and how it is generated is available here: Job-to-Job Flows: New Statistics on Worker Reallocation and Job Turnover PDF Icon (379 KB)

A short data dictionary and schema is available here: http://lehd.ces.census.gov/data/schema/v4.1-draft/lehd_public_use_schema.html

These data are beta and some files will become available only later in the year. 'Coming Soon' denotes a series that is not yet available at this time. These data will become available via the LED Extraction Tool at a later date.

Note that a Census paper on J2J is available here  PDF Icon and a PowerPoint presentation is available here PDF Icon. The PowerPoint at slide 12 begins the examination of how J2J extends JOLTS and CPS.

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Census Bureau Releases OnTheMap Version 6.3


The U.S. Census Bureau released Version 6.3 of the OnTheMap application on December 3.  This release constitutes improvements to the map cartography and road network in OnTheMap. In general, the map has been made more readable and better able to highlight the attributes of the LODES data.
OnTheMap is supported by the state partners under the Local Employment Dynamics partnership with the Census Bureau as well as the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.

OnTheMap Version 6 can be accessed by selecting "Local Employment Dynamics" at
http://www.census.gov and clicking OnTheMap under Quick Links, or directly at
http://onthemap.ces.census.gov. For additional information about OnTheMap and LODES, go to
http://lehd.ces.census.gov/applications/help/onthemap.html.

Comments should be sent to CES.OnTheMap.Feedback@census.gov.

 

Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnerships: Presentations from October 2014 Summit Now Available


On October 30th and 31st, the Department of Commerce, EDA, and the IMCP federal partners hosted the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Summit. The goal of the Summit was to provide a venue for designated communities, applicants, potential applicants, and others interested in promoting manufacturing in their communities to come together to share best practices, work to address regional challenges, and network with one another. Presentations from the Summit have been posted. Please view the IMCP Summit agenda (PDF) for additional information on speakers and sessions.
 

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Department of Labor Publishes "Immigration Fact Sheets"


On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of Immigration Accountability executive actions to help fix the nation’s broken immigration system. Using his legal authority, the President directed agencies across the federal government to implement specific elements of these executive actions. Read the following fact sheets to understand the Department of Labor’s role in support of the executive actions.

Fact Sheet: Establishment of Interagency Working Group for the Consistent Enforcement of Federal Labor, Employment and Immigration Laws

Fact Sheet: Department of Labor to Pursue Modernized Recruitment and Application Requirements for the PERM Program

Fact Sheet: The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Will Expand Its Support Of Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes Seeking Immigration Relief from DHS

 

Census Bureau Seeks Comment on "National Content Test" as Part of R&D Cycle Leading to Re-Engineered 2020 Census


The Census Bureau is seeking public comment on the "National Content Test". Comments are due by February 2, 2015.  The full notice appears in the December 2, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER.

Abstract Excerpts

The 2015 National Content Test (NCT) is part of the research and development cycle leading up to the re-engineered 2020 Census. The 2015 NCT will help the Census Bureau achieve one of its Strategic Goals--developing a census that is cost-effective, improves coverage, and reduces operational risk.

The first objective of this test is to evaluate and compare different census content, including race and Hispanic origin, relationship, and within-household coverage. This will be the primary mid-decade opportunity to compare different content strategies prior to making final decisions about the content in the 2020 Census. The test will include a reinterview to further assess the accuracy and reliability of the question alternatives for race, origin, and within-household coverage.

The second objective is to test different contact strategies for optimizing self-response. This includes nine different approaches to encouraging households to respond and, specifically, to respond using the less costly and more efficient Internet response option. These approaches include altering the timing of the first reminder, use of email as a reminder, altering the timing for sending the mail questionnaire, use of a third reminder, and sending a letter in place of a paper questionnaire to non-respondents.

The third objective is to test different options for offering non-English materials. The goal is to provide language support for respondents with limited English proficiency. Options being explored include online Spanish questionnaires, dual-language English and Spanish paper questionnaires and letters, and additional questionnaire options and support in non-English languages.

Question Format Excerpt:

The 2015 NCT will evaluate the use of two alternative question format approaches for collecting data on race and ethnicity. One approach uses two separate questions: the first about Hispanic origin and the second about race ("separate questions"). The other approach combines the two items into one question about race and origin ("combined question"). The 2015 mid-decade research will test the approaches with new data collection methods, including internet, telephone, and in-person response.

 

OMB Publishes Statistical Policy Directive No. 1 - Fundamental Responsibilities of Federal Statistical Agencies and Recognized Statistical Units


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has published Statistical Policy Directive No. 1: Fundamental Responsibilities of Federal Statistical Agencies and Recognized Statistical Units on December 2.

This Directive affirms the fundamental responsibilities of Federal statistical agencies and recognized statistical units in the design, collection, processing, editing, compilation, storage, analysis, release, and dissemination of statistical information.

In the May 21, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER, OMB published a notice of solicitation of comments on a draft of this Directive. Eight respondents sent comments in regard to this notice. Careful consideration was given to all comments. The disposition of the comments as well as the final Directive are presented in the December 2, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER.

 

ETA Seeks Comments on (1) Proposed New Information Collection: Pre-Apprenticeship – Pathways to Success and (2) Proposed Change in Reporting Form


Subjects: Federal reporting, Federal databases for public access, pre-apprenticeship, TAACCCT SGA core objectives including “transferability and articulation” (creation of career pathways for TAA-eligible workers and other adults to further their education, including through increased cooperation among institutions both within and across state lines, and linkages with programs such as postsecondary career technical education, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs that lead to credit-bearing coursework and employment and that lead to credit-bearing coursework and employment.)

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is seeking public comment on a new information collection: Pre-Apprenticeship--Pathways to Success. Comments are due by January 26, 2014.

ETA notes, in part:

Through a variety of approaches, pre-apprenticeship programs can be adapted to meet the needs of differing populations being trained, the various employers and sponsors they serve, and the specific opportunities available in the local labor market. The development of an online database of quality pre-apprenticeship programs will provide a valuable tool for job seekers, Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors, and America's Job Center front line staff. A dedicated database will provide a way for job seekers and Registered Apprenticeship programs to access pre-apprenticeship programs that meet the requirements outlined in Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 13-12: "Defining a Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program and Related Tools and Resources."

In 2009, ETA consulted with stakeholders and partners, including through several in-person listening sessions with labor, employers and the public and through webinars targeted at workforce development partners. In addition, ETA engaged the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) to develop recommendations that resulted in the development of TEN 13-12.

The development and implementation of a "pre-apprenticeship pathways to success" database will enable ETA to identify pre-apprenticeship programs that meet the "quality pre-apprenticeship" definition and the quality framework criteria. Even more importantly, a national database of pre-apprenticeship programs will facilitate connections between pre-apprenticeship program participants and registered apprenticeship program sponsors, resulting in expanded opportunities. This voluntary data collection will be accomplished using an online form. The public seeking information about pre-apprenticeship programs would go to a map on a Web site, choose a state, and view information about the location of pre-apprenticeship programs, including general descriptions of the services and training they provide.

The November 25, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER provides additional background and instructions for obtaining the collection and submitting comments, and summarizes the desired focus for the comments.

In a related development, ETA is also soliciting comments concerning the collection of data in accordance with Title 20 CFR part 29, the Labor Standards for Apprenticeship Programs Registration, currently expiring April 30, 2015. ETA notes:

The National Apprenticeship Act of 1937, Section 50 (29 U.S.C. 50), authorizes and directs the Secretary of Labor "to formulate and promote the furtherance of labor standards necessary to safeguard the welfare of apprentices, to extend the application of such standards by encouraging the inclusion thereof in contracts of apprenticeship, to bring together employers and labor for the formulation of programs of apprenticeship, to cooperate with State agencies engaged in the formulation and promotion of standards of apprenticeship, and to cooperate with the Secretary of Education in accordance with Section 17 of Title 20." Section 50a of the Act authorizes the Secretary of Labor to "publish information relating to existing and proposed labor standards of apprenticeship," and to "appoint national advisory committees ..." (29 U.S.C. 50a). The form approved by the Office of Management and Budget used to collect labor standards information is ETA 617, Program Registration, Section I, and Apprentice Registration, Section II. Both sections of ETA 671 are available electronically to facilitate the registration of programs and apprentices. ETA is requesting a regular three-year extension with a minor change to the current information collection. The proposed change to ETA 671 is under Program Definitions and/or Instructions, Part A, 7b. In the instructions, the definition of Direct Entry has been modified to include pre-apprenticeship training programs that meet the requirements outlined in Training and Employment Notice 13-12: "Defining a Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program and Related Tools and Resources."
Comments are due by January 26. The November 26, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER provides additional background and instructions for obtaining the collection and submitting comments, and summarizes the desired focus for the comments.
 

ETA Seeks Public Comment on Extension (with Minor Revisions) of the O*NET Data Collections


The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is currently soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the O*NET (Occupational Information Network) Data Collection Program. The Program currently expires June 30, 2015). A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be accessed at http://www.onetcenter.org/ombclearance.html

Comments are due by January 26, 2015.

The O*NET Data Collection Program is an ongoing effort to collect and maintain current information on the detailed characteristics of occupations and skills for more than 900 occupations. The resulting database provides the most comprehensive standardized source of occupational and skills information in the nation. O*NET information is used by a wide range of audiences, including individuals making career decisions, public agencies and schools providing career exploration services or education and training programs, and businesses making staffing and training decisions. The O*NET system provides a common language, framework and database to meet the administrative needs of various federal programs, including workforce investment and training programs supported by funding from the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services.

Section 308 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires the Secretary of Labor to oversee the ``development, maintenance, and continuous improvement of a nationwide workforce and labor market information system' which shall include, among other components, ``skill trends by occupation and industry.' The O*NET database provides:

  • Detailed information for more than 900 occupations.
  • Descriptive information using standardized descriptors for skills, abilities, interests, knowledge, work values, education, training, work context, and work activities.
  • Occupational coding based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
  • Several minor questionnaire changes for the Knowledge Questionnaire and the Background Questionnaire are pending in this submission. These changes are described in detail in Appendix A of the proposed Information Collection Request. These changes do not represent an increase in respondent burden.

    The O*NET electronic database and related O*NET products and tools Have been incorporated into numerous public and private sector products and resources, summarized at http://www.onetcenter.org/paw.html. These products in turn serve millions of customers.

     

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    Unemployment Insurance: ETA Seeks Public Comment on the Experience Rating Report


    The Employment and Training Administration is seeking public comment by January 26, 2015 on the proposed extension of the Experience Rating Report (ETA 204).

    The data submitted annually on the ETA 204 report enables the Employment and Training dministration to project revenues for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program on a state-by-state basis and to measure the variations in assigned contribution rates which result from different experience rating systems. Used in conjunction with other data, the ETA 204 assists in determining the effects of certain factors (e.g., stabilization, expansion, or contraction in employment, etc.) on the unemployment experience of various groups of employers. The data also provide an early signal for potential solvency problems and are useful in analyzing factors which give rise to these potential problems and permit an evaluation of the effectiveness of the various approaches available to correct the detected problems. The report collects annual information about the taxation efforts in states relative to both taxable and total wages and allows comparison between states. Further, the data are key components to the Significant Tax Measures Report. The Significant Tax Measures Report provides the information necessary to evaluate and compare state UI tax systems.

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Announces Launch of Interactive Business Resource Tool; New Bill Designed to Support Off-Campus Microlabs


    The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), a nationwide network of federal laboratories that cultivates best-practice strategies for advancing technology transfer (T2) from the laboratory to the marketplace, this week announced the launch of FLCBusiness, an interactive business resource tool.

    In his Presidential Memorandum - Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Businesses, President Obama called for the acceleration of our nation’s T2 efforts. The effort continues as part of the Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority Goal. This emphasis illustrates the importance of T2 in maintaining the competitive edge of U.S. private industry by leveraging federal resources. A key component of this strategy, FLCBusiness delivers an interactive tool to help U.S. industry understand the capabilities and availability of resources at federal laboratories and the many potential partnership opportunities.

    FLCBusiness will aid business development by providing an all-inclusive search database that shares information about federal lab capabilities and know-how, facilities and equipment available for public and private utilization, lab-specific programs, and funding opportunities. In response to the launch of this new tool, FLC Chair Paul Zielinski stated that “by housing all of this information on one dynamic site, the FLC is able to further its mission to bolster T2 and assist with the advancement of U.S. industry.”

    Developed in collaboration with member laboratories, business groups, and other national stakeholders across the country, FLCBusiness is an innovation that answers the President’s call to strengthen commercialization efforts. In explaining the FLC’s urgency to respond to the interest of both the Administration and Congress in cross-agency lab-to-market initiatives, former FLC Chair Mojdeh Bahar stated, “We [the FLC] wanted to step up to the plate and provide a collaborative environment for industry to search and find vital information about federal laboratory resources available for industry use. This tool is the missing piece to the T2 puzzle for many businesses.”

    With the cooperation of federal labs across the country providing their leading-edge resources, any business will now have the ability to “one-stop shop” along the avenue of innovation. With both public and private sectors experiencing shrinking budgets, FLCBusiness could not have arrived at a better time. The tool has the power to progress businesses, industry, and federal labs into an innovative and economically beneficial industrial future for our nation.

    For more information about FLCBusiness, go to www.flcbusiness.com.

     

    National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Hold Initial Organizational Meeting on December 5; Plans to Address 'Workforce/Talent" as Focus Area


    The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) will hold an organizational meeting on Friday, December 5, 2014. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and will be open to the public. The meeting will take place at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4830, Washington, DC 20230.

    The Council was chartered on November 10, 2009 to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters related to innovation and entrepreneurship in the United States. NACIE''s overarching focus is recommending transformational policies to the Secretary that will help U.S. communities, businesses, and the workforce become more globally competitive. The Council will operate as an independent entity within the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), which is housed within the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration. NACIE members are a diverse and dynamic group of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors, as well as leaders from nonprofit organizations and academia.

    The purpose of this organizational meeting is to discuss the Council's planned work initiatives in three focus areas: Workforce/talent, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

    The final agenda will be posted on the NACIE Web site at http://www.eda.gov/oie/nacie/ prior to the meeting.

    Also see:

    ETA’s Integrating Entrepreneurship Into the Public Workforce System Throughout America;
    WIOA provisions regarding entrepreneurial training
    Entrepreneurship Competency Model
    AACC's Virtual Incubation Network Toolkit
    National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
    ARC's Appalachian Capital Policy Initiative