May 7, 2013
REGION 5 ETA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LETTER 004-13
TO: Region 5 State Workforce Agencies (SWAs)
FROM: Byron Zuidema
Subject: Identification of Significant Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW)
Local Offices for Program Year (PY) 2013
AFFECTED PROGRAM: Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program
PURPOSE: To provide instructions to State Workforce Agencies regarding the identification of significant and bilingual MSFW local offices for PY 2013.
REFERENCES: 20 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 658.602 and 658.603(f)(5).
BACKGROUND: Each year, ETA is required to identify the American Job Centers that are significant MSFW local offices and significant bilingual MSFW local offices.
The significant MSFW local offices are those local offices where MSFWs account for 10 percent or more of participants, as reported by the State Workforce Agencies on the Labor Exchange Reporting System (LERS) 9002A report. In addition, this includes those local offices deemed significant by the Office of Workforce Investment (OWI) Administrator, due to special circumstances, such as an estimated large number of MSFWs in the local office service area. The number of significant MSFW local offices cannot be less than 100 offices on a nationwide basis.
The significant bilingual MSFW local offices are those significant MSFW local offices where 10 percent or more of MSFW participants are estimated to require service provision in Spanish (or other languages). The OWI Administrator can also designate other local offices to be included due to special circumstances.
SUBSTANCE: State Workforce Agencies are requested to provide the Regional Office with the list of local offices where 10 percent of the participants registered in Wagner-Peyser-supported programs have been designated as MSFWs. SWAs should include the total number of non-MSFW participants and the total number of MSFW participants, as reported on the LERS 9002A report for quarter-ending December 2012. From this list, SWAs should provide the list of local offices where 10 percent or more of MSFW participants are estimated to require service provision in Spanish (or other languages).
ACTION REQUIRED: State Administrators are asked to submit this information electronically as a .doc or .txt document to the Regional Office account:
DUE DATE: Information should be provided within 30 days of the date of this issuance.
ORIGINATING OFFICE AND CONTACTS: Questions concerning this Letter should be directed to Eric Hernandez, Regional Monitor Advocate at (312) 596-5419 or firstname.lastname@example.org