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EdSim Challenge to Launch in 2016: Department Of Education Invites Public Feedback on
Nov 25, 2015

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will launch the EdSim Challenge, which will call upon the gaming, developer, and edtech communities to design simulated environments that prepare America?s students for a more competitive world through high-quality career and technical education.

On November 5th, OCTAE launched a call for public feedback to help inform the Challenge design. Public feedback will be accepted through December 6, 2015 regarding topics such as simulated learning subject areas, skill sets, and technical considerations.

Following the call for public feedback, ED will finalize the EdSim Challenge design. In the spring of 2016, the EdSim Challenge will open for submissions, seeking engaging educational simulations that will help define the next generation of applied learning and pair immersive technologies with rigorous educational content and integrated assessment.

Simulated learning experiences, such as immersive gaming environments, virtual reality, and training simulations, represent an emerging class of instructional content delivery in education. Research indicates that simulation-based learning holds advantages for students in terms of information retention, engagement, skills training, and learning outcomes. We are excited to help move these technologies forward for the benefit of our nation?s students.

You can learn more about the Challenge and submit feedback at

TANF: HHS/ACF Announces Additional Data Collection in Support of the Job Search Assistance Strategies Evaluation
Nov 25, 2015

On November 23, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services today (November 23) has proposed an additional data collection activity as part of the Job Search Assistance (JSA) Strategies Evaluation. The JSA evaluation aims to determine which JSA strategies are most effective in moving TANF applicants and recipients into work. The impact study will randomly assign individuals to contrasting JSA approaches and then compare their employment and earnings to determine their relative effectiveness. The implementation study will describe services participants receive under each approach as well as provide operational lessons gathered directly from practitioners.

Two data collection efforts have been previously approved for JSA, including one for data collection activities to document program implementation, to administer a staff survey and to collect baseline information of program participants. These collection activities will continue under this new request.

Through a November 23 FEDERAL REGISTER notice, ACF is providing an opportunity to comment on a proposed new information collection activity for JSA: A follow-up survey for JSA participants approximately 6 months after program enrollment.

The purpose of the survey is to follow-up with study participants and document their job search assistance services and experiences including their receipt of job search assistance services, their knowledge and skills for conducting a job search, the nature of their job search process, including tools and services used to locate employment, and their search outputs and outcomes, such as the number of applications submitted, interviews attended, offers received and jobs obtained. In addition, the survey will provide an opportunity for respondents to provide contact data for possible longer-term follow-up.

ACF notes: "OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document ...therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication."

Economic Development Administration to Host December 8 Webinar on New Grants Process
Nov 25, 2015

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently launched a new grants process and set of forms to improve and simplify the way it makes its investments. The new process went into effect last month, and is expected to result in timely and quality feedback on applications and ultimately strong projects that will create jobs and attract private investment.

On December 8 (12:30 PM to 1:30 PM), EDA will discuss the new process and forms, and how to apply for funding.

To join the meeting:

Audio Conference Details:
MeetingOne Conference Room Number: 1844263
URL to additional access numbers:
Conference Number(s):
United States: +1-800-832-0736

DHS/USCIS Publishes Sixty-Day Notice Seeking Comment on the Proposed Revisions to the "Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)"
Nov 25, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today (November 24) has published the sixty-day notice seeking comment on the proposed revision of the "Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)."

Affected public who will be asked or required to respond:


employers, employees, recruiters and referrers for a fee (limited to agricultural associations, agricultural employers, or farm labor contractors), and state employment agencies.

This form was developed to facilitate compliance with section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits the knowing employment of unauthorized aliens. This information collection is necessary for employers, agricultural recruiters and referrers for a fee, and state employment agencies to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired (or recruited or referred for a fee, if applicable) for employment in the United States.

Comments will be accepted until January 25, 2016.

The ICR is available at by entering USCIS-2006-0068 in the search box.

USCIS notes:

Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary submission you make to DHS. DHS may withhold information provided in comments from public viewing that it determines may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For additional information, please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points:

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

ETA Issues Additional Guidance on Title I WIOA Youth Program Guidance
Nov 24, 2015

The Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 08-15. This TEGL provide guidance and planning information to states, local workforce areas, and other recipients of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I youth formula funds on the activities associated with the implementation of WIOA.