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ETA Seeks Comments on “National Emergency Grant Assistance – Application and Reporting Procedures”
On July 31, 2013, the Department of Labor will submit the Employment and Training Administration sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision -- National Emergency Grant Assistance--Application and Reporting Procedures -- to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
There are four types of National Emergency Grants (NEGs):
- Regular, which encompasses plant closures, mass layoffs, and multiple layoffs in a single community.
- Disaster, which includes all eligible Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-declared natural and manmade disaster events.
- TAA-WIA Dual Enrollment, which provides supplemental funding to ensure that a full range of services is available to individuals eligible under the TAA program provisions of the TAA Reform Act of 2002, as amended.
- TAA Health Insurance Coverage Assistance, which provides specialized health coverage, support services, and income assistance to targeted individuals defined in the TAA program provisions of the TAA Reform Act of 2002, as amended.
This ICR contains policies and application and reporting procedures for State and local entities, to enable them to access NEG funds. It has been classified as a revision, because a number of changes are being proposed. Specifically, the previous submission inadvertently included a Trade Adjustment Assistance Certification Report. The report is not a form generated by the NEG program. In addition, changes are being proposed for several forms covered by the ICR.
Click here for the July 29, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER notice which provides full background and instructions for the submission of comments.
The May 29, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER contains the sixty-day notice.
Webinars on Building a System of High Quality Career Pathways
The Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education provides this preview of upcoming webinars:
The National Center for Innovation and Career and Technical Education (NCICTE) will continue its four-part webinar series Building a System of High-Quality Career Pathways High School Transformation and District Supports.
- On July 24, attendees will learn about career pathways.
- On July 26, the topic will be developing a district-wide system of pathways.
- On July 31, leadership development and communications strategies will be discussed.
All three pre-recorded modules, in addition to the first module from July 10, will be under “Training” at http://ctecenter.ed.gov/.
EDA Summarizes Investments by State and Program (October 2011 – September 2012)
The Economic Development Administration has recently published Annual Report which summarizes its activities during Fiscal Year 2012.
Presidential Memorandum: Expanding National Service through Partnerships to Advance Government Priorities
July 15, 2013 Presidential Memorandum for the Heads of the Executive Departments and Agencies addresses "Expanding National Service through Partnerships to Advance Government Priorities."
The Memorandum contains these major sections:
- Establishing a Task Force on Expanding National Service
- Mission and Function of the Task Force
- Facilitating National Service and Volunteering Partnerships
- Recruitment of National Service Participants in the Civilian Career Services
- General Provisions
IREC Seeks Public Comments on New Credentialing Standard for Training Providers in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Field; Announces ANSI Recognition as American National Standards Developer
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) announced a public comment period for a new credentialing standard for training providers in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and related industries. Draft IREC Standard 01023: 2013 for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation Training sets the highest industry bar for these training providers.
The new standard is a result of IREC revising Standard 01022, currently used for assessment of both training organizations and instructors in the same industry space.
The revisions were undertaken to keep the standard current with industry needs, and to be consistent with best practices for standards development and revision. As a result, Standard 01022 has been divided into two new standards, which address the training provider (the organization) and instructor separately.
IREC invites public comment for the first of these two standards, draft IREC Standard 01023 for training providers. This public comment period will close August 6, 2013.
IREC has also announced its new designation as an accredited American National Standards Developer. This designation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a result of a six-month application and review process including a public review period.
Renewable Energy Competency Model
The Employment and Training Administration has worked with technical and subject matter experts from the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL), and several industry associations (including IREC) to develop a competency model for renewable energy. The model supports workforce preparation for jobs in energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and diversify the U.S. energy system. The model is designed to evolve along with changing skill requirements.
VA Announces Grants to Help Approximately 120,000 Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Their Families
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced the award of nearly $300 million in grants that will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants have been awarded to 319 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Access to Listing of Grantees, Award Amounts, and Geographies Covered
EPA and Commerce Link U.S. Analysis and Companies in Environmental Solutions Toolkit
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Commerce have announced the launch of an interactive online reference tool for international audiences that connects EPA environmental analysis and regulatory structure to U.S. solutions providers.
The U.S. Environmental Solutions Toolkit was developed as a joint venture between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) to offer environmental stakeholders in other countries a broad perspective on the U.S. approach to specific environmental issues. The Toolkit is a web-based resource that combines EPA expertise on solving environmental challenges with ITA’s catalogue of U.S. providers of related technologies. The newly launched resource emphasizes user-friendliness, featuring a series of interactive menus, search functionality, and adaptive formatting to allow for a range of mobile uses.
“The environmental solutions toolkit shares EPA’s knowledge and experience with our global neighbors, making it easier to move environmental protection efforts from concepts and ideas to action,” said EPA’s Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs Michelle DePass, EPA and Commerce are working together to support the U.S. government Environmental Export Initiative to promote American environmental technology in the global marketplace and advance the President’s National Export Initiative by developing export opportunities.
The development of the toolkit is part of EPA’s export promotion strategy to facilitate strengthened environmental and human health protection efforts around the world while boosting job creation and economic activity in the U.S. Statistics from the Department of Commerce indicate the U.S. is a global leader in the environmental products and services sector, generating approximately $312 billion in annual revenues and employing nearly 1.7 million workers.
For more information or to participate, please visit www.epa.gov/international/trade/exports, https://new.export.gov/envirotech/toolkit, or contact the Environmental Export Initiative at Envirotech@trade.gov.
21st Century Conservation Service Corps National Council Seeks Letters of Interest from Youth and Veteran Programs Interested in Membership; Cites Objective to Encourage New Generation of Environmental Stewards
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) National Council is requesting letters of interest from all conservation and youth corps programs that would like to be identified as a 21CSC member organization. The Council is initiating this outreach in order to catalyze the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) to engage young Americans and returning veterans in public lands and water restoration.
Through a July 1 FEDERAL REGISTER USDA Forest Service notice, the Council indicates it wishes to build upon and leveraging the experience and expertise of existing Federal, State, tribal, local and non-profit conservation and youth corps, and veterans programs. The objective: facilitation of conservation and restoration service work on public lands to include all governmental entities of cities, counties, States, and the Federal Government, and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental stewards.
All principals of interested organizations are invited to submit a letter of interest that outlines the organization's and/or program's criteria. Letters should include the name of the organization; an address and point of contact, including email address; and a description of the organization or program. Organizations that respond to this request may be contacted to provide additional information to support their statements. The 21CSC National Council will oversee the review of all submissions to determine the respondent's alignment with the 21CSC principles. Organizations that are not recognized as 21CSC member organizations in the initial review process may submit new letters of interest. Letters are due by August 1, 2013.
Executive Order 13647: Establishment of the White House Council on Native American Affairs
Executive Order 13647 establishes the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The July 1, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER contains the Executive Order.