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HUD Announces Availability of $24 Million for "Jobs Plus Pilot Program" for Public Housing Agencies; Outlines "Job-Driven" Agenda, Emphasizes Role of Local Boards and AJCs
Oct 22, 2014

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the availability of funding of approximately $24 million for the Jobs Plus Pilot program for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to develop locally-based approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes for Public Housing residents. Applications are due by December 17, 2014.

The NOFA will fund initiatives to improve employment and earnings outcomes for Public Housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy. Of the $24 million available, $9 million is made available from the ROSS appropriations to support the services element of the Jobs-Plus Pilot program

Page 2 of the NOFA clearly establishes the "job-driven" emphasis foreground for the potential applicant, describing the requisites for Labor Market Data, Career Pathways, Work Experience, and Access to Training. This section notes in closing:

Key Partnerships: Finally, a successful Jobs Plus Pilot program is collaboratively designed and implemented by high-performing local housing authorities, residents of public housing developments, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and American Job Centers (also known as One Stop Career Centers), local businesses and employers, and other organizations that provide supportive services within that community.

The application package is available at
ETA Announces October 24 Webinar to Examine Resources for Addressing Long-Term Unemployment in Communities; Deloitte Consulting to Discuss Availability of New Handbooks for Job Seekers, Employers and Communities
Oct 22, 2014

The Employment and Training Administration has announced a Friday, October 24, 2014 webinar (1pm to 2pm EDT) featuring new program resources for addressing long-term unemployment in your community.

Last week, the White House announced a series of new actions being taken to strengthen assistance to the long-term unemployed. These actions are outlined in the following White House Fact Sheet:

One of the actions is a new set of handbooks for job seekers, employers, and communities developed by Deloitte Consulting. The Deloitte Consulting team will join us on the webinar to discuss these new resources. You can download the handbooks here:

In addition, ETA staff will discuss new guidance that was issued last week on long-term unemployment. You can view the guidance here:

To join the webinar, please follow these instructions:

Webinar web site:
Please visit the web site in advance of the scheduled webinar to register.
Password to log into webinar: Deloitte1!
Dial in number: 1-866-800-9214
Access code: 534 452 80
Webinar date and time: Friday, October 24, 1:00pm EDT

Once you register, all this information will be sent to you via email.

Please note that the agency has limited number of connections and lines available for the webinar, so you should try to log in and call in a few minutes early. ETA will record the webinar and post it online at in case you are not able to access it during the scheduled time.

ETA Issues Guidance to States on the Workforce Investment Act Program Year 2013 Annual Report Narrative
Oct 10, 2014

The Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 09-14. This TEGL provides guidance to the states regarding the content of the WIA Annual Report Narrative, including: strategies for serving veterans, acceptable approaches to fulfilling the customer satisfaction requirements and the procedures for submission of the report to the Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

The Annual Report Narrative is due on Friday, November 14, 2014.

USDA Waivers for SNAP Work Requirements
Oct 9, 2014

The Department of Agriculture has proposed a revision of currently approved information collection and seek public comment by December 1 on its waiver policy for SNAP work requirements.� USDA's Food and Nutrition Service expects that 43 State agencies will submit requests for waivers of the time limit for ABAWD recipients based on a high unemployment rate or an insufficient number of jobs.

Using unemployment projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) through 2024, FNS believes that labor market conditions in 2014 would be more representative of the U.S. labor market over the next three years than would the preceding three years.

Additional excerpts from the September 30, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER notice.

Section 824 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), Public Law 104-193, 110 Stat. 2323 amended Section 6(o) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2015(o)) to establish a time limit for the receipt of food stamp benefits for certain able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) who are not working at least 20 hours per week. This time limit applies only to adults between 18 and 50 years of age that do not have children or adult dependents in their SNAP household. ABAWD recipient eligibility is limited to three months within a 36 month period, unless the individual is working, or participating in a designated employment and training activity, for 20 hours per week. (Note: Pursuant to the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-234, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008), the Food Stamp Act was renamed the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 and the Food Stamp Program was renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP]).

The provision authorizes that upon the request of a State agency, the Secretary of Agriculture may waive this provision for any group of individuals if the Secretary determines 'that the area in which the individuals reside has an unemployment rate of over 10 percent or does not have a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment for the individuals. As required in the statute, in order to receive a waiver, the State agency must submit sufficient supporting information so that the Secretary can make the required determination as to the area's unemployment rate or insufficiency of available jobs. This collection of information is necessary in order to obtain waivers of the SNAP ABAWD time limit.

Based on the experience of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) during calendar year 2014, FNS projects that on an annual basis 43 State agencies will submit requests for waivers of the time limit for ABAWD recipients based on a high unemployment rate or an insufficient number of jobs. Using unemployment projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) through 2024, FNS believes that labor market conditions in 2014 would be more representative of the U.S. labor market over the next three years than would the preceding three years.

A typical State waiver request includes several geographic areas and each geographic area may include multiple cities or counties. FNS projects that of the 43 requests each year, 33 will be based on labor market data, 8 will be based on a Labor Surplus Area (LSA) designation by the Department of Labor (DOL) and 2 will be based on a DOL extended unemployment benefit trigger notice. FNS estimates a response time of 35 hours for each waiver request based on labor market data, which require detailed analysis of labor markets within the State. FNS estimates a burden of 4 hours per respondent for waivers based on an LSA designation or a DOL trigger notice, as the data required to support these waivers is readily available from the DOL Web site and requires minimal preparation by State agencies. FNS projects a total burden of 1,195 hours.

NAWB Issues "Call for Presentations" for March 28-31, 2015 Forum; Outlines Key Workforce Issue Areas; Requests Submissions by November 7
Oct 9, 2014

The National Association of Workforce Boards' 2015 Forum is scheduled for March 28-31 and is open for workshop and quickshop proposals. All workshops and quickshops will be held on Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30.

Workshops will last 75 minutes and be presented in rooms set theater style. Quickshops will last 20 minutes and be presented three times during a workshop period, at intimate table rounds of 10 people.

NAWB invites workshop submissions on six key workforce issue areas:

  • Industry workforce landscape
  • Social environment
  • Education and training systems
  • Labor market intelligence
  • Performance and evaluation
  • Role of the Board

NAWB will also be looking for quickshops addressing two topic areas:

  • Other training programs
  • Internal organization issues

The application deadline for all session proposals is Friday, November 7, 2014. Decisions regarding selections will be made by early December.

Interested individuals and organizations within the public workforce system can submit proposals online at NAWB cautions "please be sure to have all of your information, including short bios of proposers, available when you start. The system is not designed to allow you to come back to finish, and bios are used as part of the evaluation process."