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Department of Education Announces Launch of “One-Stop Shop” for Counselors to Assist Students in Selecting and Financing Higher Education; Issues RFI for Ideas to Test Alternative Ways of Administering Financial Assistance Programs
Dec 11, 2013
On December 4, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of an online "one-stop shop" aimed at guidance counselors and other advisers, such as staff or volunteers at community-based organizations, who assist students through the process of selecting and financing their higher education.
The Financial Aid Toolkit, available at FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov, consolidates financial aid resources and content into a searchable online database, making it easy for individuals to quickly access the information they need to support their students. Later today, Secretary Duncan will formally introduce the toolkit to more than 6,000 financial aid professionals attending the 2013 Federal Student Aid Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals.
On December 6, the Department published a notice inviting institutions of higher education that participate in the student assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (the HEA), and other parties, to propose ideas for new institutionally based experiments designed to test alternative ways of administering the student financial assistance programs to be a part of the ongoing Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI).
The Secretary is particularly interested in experiments that will improve student persistence and academic success, result in shorter time to degree, and reduce student loan indebtedness.
Based on the suggestions submitted in response to this notice the Secretary will design experiments and corresponding evaluation plans. The Secretary will subsequently publish a second notice in the Federal Register to announce approved experiments, describe implementation and evaluation, and invite institutions to apply to participate in the experiments.
Recommended ideas are due by January 31, 2014. More …
Co-Enrollment under WIA and Wagner-Peyser: ETA Provides Guidance on Accounting for and Reporting Co-Enrollment; Seeks "Best Practices" from States
Dec 2, 2013
The Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Notice 13 -13
Accounting for and Reporting Co-Enrollment under the
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Wagner-Peyser Programs
This TEN serves as a reminder to states of the importance of ensuring that duplication of services is not occurring as a result of co-enrolling participants in the WIA and Wagner-Peyser programs.
This TEN summarizes the Office of Inspector General’s recommendations with respect to co-enrollment for the Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser programs.
This TEN also expands the guidance contained in Training and Employment Guidance Letter 17-05.
ETA views co-enrollment practices as a voluntary tool available to states to enhance service delivery. This notice is not intended to neither encourage nor discourage states from following this practice. The intent here is simply to make states aware of the importance of ensuring that duplication of services is not occurring as a result of co-enrollment.
ETA also is interested in hearing about best practices from states that find co-enrolling participants to be a helpful service delivery method. Any responses should be sent electronically to ETAPerforms@dol.gov and shared with your regional performance specialist.
Employer Engagement: ETA Publishes Thirty-Day Notice for “Employer Survey of the Short Term Compensation Program”
Nov 27, 2013
The Employment and Training Administration today has published the thirty-day notice regarding the information collection --"Employer Survey of the Short Time Compensation (STC) Program.
The STC Program provides an opportunity for employers to reduce layoffs by temporarily reducing work hours of some employees. STC provides pro-rated unemployment insurance benefits for workers whose hours of work have been temporarily reduced. Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 section 2164 requires the Secretary of Labor to survey
employers in all States to determine employers' level of interest in participating in the STC Program. This proposed information collection activity will help satisfy this requirement. More specifically, the study this survey supports will examine employers' experiences, awareness, and perspectives of the STC Program in four states that have an active STC program. Employers who have used the STC program and employers who have not used the program will be surveyed. The study will focus on the following four research areas:
- Characteristics of employers participating in the STC Program;
- extent of employer participation in the STC Program;
- employers' awareness, experiences, and views of the STC Program; and
- employers' opinion about workers' view of STC.
Comments are due by December 26, 2003.
Click here for the November 26, 2013 thirty-day notice.
Click here for the August 27, 2013 sixty-day notice.
Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs: EDA Announces FY 2014 Federal Funding Opportunity; Increased Focus on Job Growth and Business Expansion Related to Manufacturing
Nov 27, 2013
Under a Federal Funding Opportunity announced on November 25, 2013, the Economic Development Administration is solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (PWEDA) programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.
Eligible applicants for EDA financial assistance under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs include a(n): (i) District Organization of a designated Economic Development District; (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.
The first funding cycle of FY 2014 is covered under EDA’s FY 2013 Economic Development Assistance programs (EDAP) FFO dated November 26, 2012.
The next four funding cycle deadlines are:
- December 13, 2013 for funding cycle 2 of FY 2014;
- March 14, 2014 for funding cycle 3 of FY 2014;
- June 13, 2014 for funding cycle 4 of FY 2014; and
- October 17, 2014 for funding cycle 1 of FY 2015.
EDA further notes: “While the FFO closely mirrors last year’s, you will find minor changes in our review process and an increased focus on encouraging job growth and business expansion related to manufacturing, a critical component of our future competitiveness. Competitive applications under this FFO will have committed Matching Share funds (generally 50%), commitment letters certifying job creation estimates, and a clear link between the proposed project and the region’s CEDS and broad development goals.”
To be considered during a particular funding cycle, completed applications must be validated and time-stamped by Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the applicable funding cycle deadline.
Access to all required application documentation is available at http://eda.gov/ffo.htm
The Sector Skills Academy: Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative Announces December 5 Informational Webinar for Potential Applicants
Nov 22, 2013
The Aspen Institute’s Sector Skills Academy is a year-long fellowship program involving three 3-day workshops, webinars, peer support, and presentations by guest faculty designed to help grow and support leaders in sectoral workforce development field. The Academy is a project of the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative and is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
The Academy is designed for organizational leaders who hold direct responsibility for the development and implementation of sectoral strategies. Former Fellows work in a variety of settings and institutions, including community colleges, non-profit organizations, local WIBs, state government, labor-management partnerships, worker centers and more.
The Aspen Institute has announced an upcoming The Sector Skills Academy: Informational Webinar for Potential Applicants which is designed to share information about the 2014 Academy with prospective applicants. Staff will talk about the purpose, structure and content of the Academy. Academy alumni will share their experiences in the Academy, including how it enhanced their leadership and sector work. And, there will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions about the Academy and the application process.
The webinar will be held on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 (2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern).
The webinar will feature presentations and discussion with four Academy almuni:
- Sheknita Davis, Director, Middle GA Regional Commission Department of Workforce Development
- Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham, Executive Director of Workforce Development & Training, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College - Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development
- Ron Modesty, Senior Employment Coordinator, Capital IDEA
- Matt Houghton, Workforce Development Manager, Office of Economic Development, City of Seattle
In addition, Matt Helmer with the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative will also share some information on the structure of the origin and structure of the Academy, as well as the application process.
Registration is here.
Applications for the Academy will open on Monday, December 2nd, 2013.
Questions about the application process or the Academy can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org