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Washington, D.C. 20210


March 21, 2003

ADVISORY : Older Worker Bulletin No. 03-03

TO : All Senior Community Service Employment Program Grantees

FROM: _____________________

FROM: _____________________

John R. Beverly, III
Office of National Programs
Ria Moore Benedict
Acting Chief Division of Older Worker Programs

SUBJECT :Approved Senior Employment Services Coordination Plans

(State Plan)

1.        PURPOSE: To inform SCSEP grantees that:

a) All PY 2002 State Plans previously submitted were approved.

b) States that have not submitted a State Plan for PY 2002 or updated the PY 2001 State Plan shouldsubmit a State Plan or a State Plan update no later than July 1, 2003.

c) All approved State Plans will be in effect until April 1, 2004.

d) Equitable Distribution reports will not be requireduntil the 2000 Census data for SCSEP age, and income is available on a county by county basis.

2. REFERENCES: Sections 503 and 508 of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Amendments of 2000, Older Worker (OW) Bulletin No. 01-1, OW Bulletin No. 01-4, and OW Bulletin No. 02-02.

3.BACKGROUND:The State Senior Employment Coordination Plan (State Plan) is intended to improve coordination among organizations engaged in older worker activities and to enhance employment services for older workers. It should serve as guidance for program operators operating in a State to meet the needs of the older workers they serve.

Section 503 of the 2000 Amendments to the OAA provides that the Governor of each State must complete an annual State Plan. The law requires the Governor to collaborate with all title V sponsors within a State during the planning and development process. In


addition, the Governor must include other partners and stakeholders, such as State and local Workforce Investment Boards and Area Agencies on Aging, in the development of the State Plan.

Section 508 of the 2000 Amendments to the OAA provides that States must submit an Equitable Distribution Report at the beginning of each fiscal year, or October 1 of each year. The report must include the names and geographic location of all projects assisted under this program that are carried out in the State and the amount allocated to each project.

4. NEW PROCEDURES AND SCHEDULING: Because of the national competition to select new organizations to operate the national grantee portion of the program beginning PY 2003 and the anticipated release of the Census 2000 data, the Department has determined that States that have submitted a State Plan for 2002 and/or updated the 2001 State Plan do not need to submit a State Plan for 2003. States are encouraged to modify a previously submitted State Plan if there have been significant changes, but all modifications should be shared with other SCSEP grantees in the State before it is sent to the Department. State Plans for Program Years 2001 and 2002 were due by June l of each year. Effective immediately, complete and fully developed State Plans must be submitted to the Department by April 1, 2004, and subsequently will be required to be submitted by April 1 each year, consistent with the due date for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) State Plans. The Department is providing State grantees with the option of coordinating State Plan efforts with State Plan submission requirements under WIA. We are currently working with the Administration on Aging to develop appropriate interagency timelines and clearance procedures for the State Plans.

We are also working with the Census Bureau to obtain 2000 Census information for a variety of demographic factors that are cited in the 2000 Amendments to the OAA. Although much of that information will not be available for several months, we are hopeful that the county-by-county distribution information of persons age 55 and over with incomes below 125% of the poverty level, will be available by June. According to section 508 of the 2000 Amendments to the OAA, Equitable Distribution Reports are due at the beginning of each fiscal year, or October 1. Although States are required to submit an Equitable Distribution report by October 1, 2003, we encourage States to begin using this data as soon as it is available and to work with the national grantees that will be providing services in their States beginning on July 1, 2003.

We will provide additional guidance on the State Plan and the Equitable Distribution report as information becomes available.

5. INQUIRIES:Questions should be directed to your Federal Representative at (202) 693-3842.

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