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August 12, 2010

REGION 5 ETA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LETTER 007-10

MEMORANDUM TO:       STATE WORKFORCE ADMINISTRATORS

FROM:        Byron Zuidema
                    BYRON ZUIDEMA
                    Regional Administrator

SUBJECT:    Agricultural Services Plan for Program Year (PY) 2009

1.  Purpose.  To transmit guidelines to State Workforce Agencies for preparing the Agricultural Services Plan for Program Year (PY) 2009.

2.  References. Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title I; Wagner-Peyser Act; 20 CFR 652; 20 CFR 653.107, .111, and .112; and 20 CFR 658.

3.  Links.  This Letter is in the Region 5 website archive at: http://www.doleta.gov/regions/reg05/Pages/LibraryIssuances.cfm

4.  Background.  The Agricultural Services Plan is an annual Department of Labor, Employment and Training ( DOL/ETA) requirement and an integral component of the State’s Strategic WIA Title I, Five Year Plan (Two-Year Plan).  Accordingly, its development should comply with the WIA plan requirements to ensure that these services are provided through the One-Stop Career Center/Labor Exchange System Offices in the State. 

Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) regulations at 20 CFR 652 and the Wagner-Peyser Act (W-P) regulations at 20 CFR 653.107, .111, and .112, require the provision of services to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) on a basis which is qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate to services provided to Non-MSFWs.  20 CFR 653.112 requires the submittal of a plan to serve Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and agricultural employers.  WIA Title I requires the submission of the Five-Year Plan (Two-Year Plan) be coordinated with the Annual Agricultural Services Plan to be consistent with the State’s overall strategy to better serve employers and workers. 

5.   Action Required.   State Administrators are requested to share this Letter with appropriate staff and other agencies. The PY 2009 Agricultural Services Plan should be submitted to this office by September 15, 2010, preferably in an electronic format. 

6.   Inquiries.  Questions or comments concerning the PY 2009 Agricultural Services Plan may be directed to Eric Hernandez on 312.596.5419.

Questions or comments about the format of this Letter may be directed to Robert Rainault on 312.596.5416.

7. Attachments.  None

8.  Expiration Date.  September 15, 2010

PLANNING GUIDANCE FOR

PY 2009 WAGNER-PEYSER AGRICULTURAL SERVICES PLAN

1. Your State’s key accomplishments and challenges in PY 2009;
2. Summaries of your reviews, including findings and resolutions; and
3. A summary of the complaint system activity, as it relates to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers.


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