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FY 2015 Department of Labor Budget Request
Mar 4, 2014
The fiscal year 2015 president's budget for the Department of Labor includes $11.8 billion in discretionary funding, along with new, dedicated mandatory funds. The budget includes funding and reforms that will better prepare workers for jobs; protect their wages, working conditions and safety; provide a safety net for those who lose their jobs or are hurt on the job; and promote secure retirements. While the budget adheres to the spending levels agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, it also illustrates the president's vision for an economy that promotes opportunity for all Americans with a fully paid for Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.
The budget supports reforms to improve training and employment programs to help workers gain skills and return to work more quickly. It proposes to streamline access to federal job training programs, more fully engage employers to ensure training is directed at ready-to-fill-jobs in the marketplace, and improve the efficiency and employment outcomes of the department's programs. The budget proposes the creation of the New Careers Pathways program, which would provide job assistance to a million Americans and combine the best features of the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program and the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Workers program. The New Careers Pathways program, to be administered by the Employment and Training Administration, delivers on the Obama administration's vision to offer one set of services to displaced workers through one unified system.
The budget also creates additional jobs and careers by catalyzing new partnerships between community colleges and employers. The Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative includes $1.5 billion in 2015 to support a four-year, $6 billion Community College Job-Driven Training Fund to launch new training programs and apprenticeships that will prepare participants for in-demand jobs and careers. Of each year's funding, $500 million will be set aside for grants to create new apprenticeships and increase participation in existing apprenticeship programs. This four-year investment will support doubling the number of apprenticeships in America over the next five years.
To foster innovation and better performance, the budget includes $60 million for the Workforce Innovation Fund to give states and regions the flexibility to test new workforce development strategies. It provides $80 million for Incentive Grants to reward states that have been successful in training and placing in jobs those with the greatest barriers to employment. The budget also proposes $15 million for grants to states, consortia of states, or regional partnerships to develop employment and training strategies targeted to particular in-demand industry sectors in regional economies.
To reach the nation's long-term unemployed, the 2015 budget proposes mandatory funding for a Job-Driven Training for Youth and the Long-Term Unemployed initiative made up of programs to allow individuals to continue receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits while participating in short-term work placements. It also supports partnerships between businesses, education and training providers to train approximately one million long-term unemployed. Funding for a Summer Jobs Plus program is also included to create summer and year-round employment opportunities for 600,000 disadvantaged youth.
For those who have lost their jobs, the budget invests $158 million in re-employment and eligibility assessments and re-employment services, an evidence-based approach to speed the return to work of UI beneficiaries. The funds will serve those who are most likely to exhaust their UI benefits as well as all returning military service members. In addition, the budget proposal includes needed reforms to the UI program to enhance the system's solvency and financial integrity while maintaining benefits for job seekers. The budget also supports the extension of emergency unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. If not extended, 3.6 million additional people are estimated to lose access to extended UI benefits by the end of 2014, remaining unemployed and looking for work.
President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2015
Opportunity For All: Middle Class Tax Cuts In The President’s FY 2015 Budget
Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Labor Budget in Brief
See below for the page by page discussions of the Employment and Training Administration’s programs and initiatives
Employment and Training Administration (6)
Training and Employment Services (7)
Adult Employment and Training Activities (7)
Youth Activities (8)
Dislocated Worker Employment and Training Activities (9)
Workforce Innovation Fund (10)
WIA Incentive Grants (10)
Sector Strategies (11)
Indian and Native American Programs (11)
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (12)
Women in Apprenticeship (12)
Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (13)
Workforce Data Quality Initiative (14)
Job Training for Employment in High Growth Industries (14)
Office of Job Corps (15)
Community Service Employment For Older Americans (17)
TAA Community College and Career Training Grant Fund (18)
Federal Unemployment Benefits and Allowances (19)
State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations (20)
Unemployment Insurance (20)
State Administration (21)
Reemployment Eligibility Assessments (22)
National Activities (23)
Employment Service (23)
Employment Service National Activities (24)
Employment Service: Grants to States (25)
Foreign Labor Certification (25)
Workforce Information-Electronic Tools-System Building (26)
Advances to the Unemployment Trust fund (27)
Program Administration (28)
State Paid Leave Fund (30)
New Career Pathways Program (31)
Job-Driven Training for Youth and the Long-Term Unemployed (32)
Department to Host February 28 Webcast “Take Charge of Your Financial Future” to Assist College Seniors and Young Workers
Feb 25, 2014
As part of America Saves Week 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will host a webcast in coordination with the Department of Education and the NAACP Financial Freedom Center. The webcast will help college seniors and young workers get a good financial start including paying down student loans, determining a budget, managing credit, and starting to save for retirement. “Take Charge of Your Financial Future” will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 28.
Members of the public can register here or on the EBSA website www.dol.gov/ebsa.
For more information, read the Department of Labor blog, Your Financial Future Begins Today – Deal With It! at
National Longitudinal Study of Unemployment Insurance Recipients: ETA Publishes Thirty-Day Notice
Feb 25, 2014
The Employment and Training Administration has published the thirty day notice
today in the February 10, 2014 Federal Register regarding the agency’s interest in conducting a national longitudinal study of unemployment insurance (UI) recipients
that will help policymakers and program administrators gain information about the experiences of UI recipients. The study will examine the extent to which the UI program reduces recipients' financial hardships, the ways in which job search and reemployment expectations change during and after benefit collection, and customer satisfaction levels with the UI program. The study will address research questions in six broad topic areas:
(1) adequacy of UI benefits,
(2) reemployment expectations,
(3) job search,
(4) total UI benefit usage,
(5) employment outcomes, and
(6) UI recipients' satisfaction with the UI program.
Comments are due by March 12, 2014. The sixty-day notice was published on July 22, 2013.
Department of Labor Announces Availability of $150 Million in Ready to Work Partnership Grants to Assist Individuals Facing Long-Term Unemployment Return to Work
Feb 19, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $150 million in grants to prepare and place those facing long-term unemployment into good jobs. The Ready to Work Partnership
grant competition will support and scale innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America's public workforce system to build a pipeline of talented U.S. workers and help those experiencing long-term unemployment gain access to employment services that provide opportunities to return to work in middle- and high-skill jobs.
Approximately 20 to 30 grants ranging from $3 million to $10 million will be awarded to programs focused on employer engagement, individualized counseling, job placement assistance, and work-based training that facilitate hiring for jobs where employers currently use foreign workers on H-1B visas.
Programs funded through Ready to Work Partnership grants will use on-the-job training, paid work experience, paid internships and Registered Apprenticeships to provide employers the opportunity to train workers in the specific skill sets required for open jobs. Programs will have to recruit those who have been out of work for six months or longer and will incorporate a strong up-front assessment, allowing for a customization of services and training to facilitate re-employment.
As a pre-condition to be considered for funding, at least three employers or a regional industry association must be actively engaged in the project. The grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to view additional online resources at http://www.doleta.gov/readytowork. Any organization that meets the requirements of the solicitation may apply. The Solicitation for Grant Applications, which includes information about how to apply, is available at http://www.grants.gov. Applications will be accepted through June 19, 2014.
NAWB to Host February 20 Conversation on Workforce Boards Meeting the Needs of Business and Industry
Feb 18, 2014
The National Association of Workforce Boards provides this advisory on a February 20 conversation:
How can workforce boards have more impact in meeting the needs of business and industry? At a time when labor supply is high, workforce professionals are uniquely positioned to understand the available talent in their communities as well as where gaps in training and skills exist. Creating conversations between policymakers, economic development, educational providers, and employers to help them understand not only the current landscape, but also to plan what will be needed in the future workforce is one way to leverage existing talent and create programs that lead to upskilled workers, competitive employers, and ultimately, economic growth in our communities. Join NAWB CEO Ron Painter for a fast-paced conversation with Rebekah Kowalski, Vice President of ManpowerGroup’s Global Strategic Workforce Consulting Practice, on Thursday, February 20th at 1:00 PM EST, as part of our Forum 2014 radio show series.
February 20 (1:30 to 1:30 p.m., Eastern) podcast details.