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How the Jobs for Veterans Act (P.L. 107-288) Applies to
JOB CORPS

Jobs for Veterans Act


17 BASIC QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES
Applicable to the Job Corps program


NOTE: For ease of reference (away from the context of this Web site) the number of each basic question below is followed by the acronym of the program to which it applies. Example: For the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adults and Dislocated Workers program, the first question is numbered 1ADW. For National Emergency Grants, the first question is numbered 1NEG.

  • Effect on the Job Corps program as a whole

1JC.              Will implementation of the veterans' priority established by the Jobs for Veterans Act (a) cause extensive changes in the way the Job Corps program is administered and (b) is this priority waivable (in the case of those programs that allow waivers)?

RESPONSE:

(a) The priority will not result in extensive changes to the administration of Job Corps, although some modifications will be made in the admissions and record-keeping processes.

(b) No, this priority is not waivable.

2JC.              What process will the Job Corps program need to go through in order to assure that its grant award document(s) and/or other applicable governing document(s) formally reflect any necessary changes and requirements?

RESPONSE:

Job Corps will amend its Policy and Requirement Handbook (PRH) and related procedures as necessary to reflect the implementation of the Jobs for Veterans Act. The PRH provides overall guidance on all aspects of the administration of the Job Corps Program and all the operational systems and procedures are based on it.

3JC.              Are there any special obligations for the Job Corps program regarding public comment or input on such changes?

RESPONSE:

No.

4JC.              How is eligibility for the Job Corps program affected?

RESPONSE:

Basic eligibility is not changed but the priority may affect enrollment. This is the major area for Job Corps to amend its policies and procedures to implement the Jobs for Veterans Act. Job Corps has drafted the following new language in its policy on outreach and admission: "An individual who meets all of the eligibility requirements listed above and is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard), or spouse of a veteran as specified in Exhibit 1-1 Eligibility Criteria, will receive priority in enrollment at Job Corps centers."

              5JC. Will the Job Corps program be expected to develop or meet any specific performance standards regarding service to veterans?

RESPONSE:

It is undetermined if performance standards will be developed regarding services to veterans. However, under the Jobs for Veterans Act, the Secretary of Labor is required to develop an Annual Report to Congress beginning in Program Year (PY) 2003 focusing upon three areas: (1) whether veterans are receiving priority service in workforce programs; (2) whether veterans are being fully served by these programs; and (3) whether the representation of veterans in such programs is in proportion to the incidence of representation of veterans in the labor market. Clearly, the nature and share of workforce system services to veterans will be closely observed by both the Department of Labor and Congress.

ETA is in the process of revising its data collection measures for job training programs in order to develop a more standardized approach across various workforce programs. Collecting information on service to veterans will be part of this effort. ETA anticipates finalizing the revised data collection system and implementing it with PY 2004 funding.

6JC.              Who will be responsible for monitoring implementation of the veterans' priority for the Job Corps program?

RESPONSE:

The National and Regional Offices of Job Corps will have monitoring responsibility.

7JC.              Will the Job Corps program be responsible for annual or special reports on service rendered to veterans?

RESPONSE:

The Annual Report referenced in question 5JC will focus on the services that have been provided to veterans by all 20 Department of Labor-funded employment and training programs based on the required data reported to ETA by grantees. Job Corps reflects a large share of this public investment. While the program will not be expected to publish a separate report, its performance will be clearly reflected in the overall Annual Report. In addition, Job Corps will include in its existing data collection and reporting system services rendered to veterans under this Act.

8JC.              Will there be any consequences or ramifications for the Job Corps program for failing to provide priority of service to veterans?

RESPONSE:

Yes, there will be consequences for failing to provide priority of service to veterans.

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