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Release Date

August 13, 2018

Evaluation of the FY 2015 SNAP Pilot Projects to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work Requirements and Work Effort: USDA FNS Publishes Sixty Day PRA Notice

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service today published the sixty-day PRA notice which requests an extension of the current information collection for the purpose of evaluating the Fiscal Year 2015 Pilot Projects to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work Requirements and Work Effort under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Written comments must be received on or before October 9, 2018.

The August 10 FEDERAL REGISTER provides complete background, the dimensions of the data collection and extensive tables outlining the data collection respondents (pages 39660 - 39664).

Release Date

August 13, 2018

Department of Labor Publishes Sixty-Day PRA Notice for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) Impact Evaluation

As the only federal program wholly focused on employment services for veterans experiencing homelessness, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) sits at the nexus of these three critical policy arenas: veterans, employment, and housing. Since 1987, HVRP has assisted veterans experiencing homelessness through competitive grants to state, local, and tribal governments; local Workforce Development Boards; private for-project and non-profit organizations; and community organizations. In the most recent Program Year (PY) 2018, the Department of Labor announced awards to 163 grantees to support an estimated 18,000 veterans. These are one-year grants; a new set of grantees will receive PY 2019 awards.

The Department has published the sixty-day PRA notice for the HVRP impact evaluation which examines the effectiveness of the HVRP program, building evidence of HVRP's effects on participants' employment and earning-related outcomes. This evaluation will provide a better understanding of program models and variations, partnerships, and populations served. Goals of the specific data collection plan is to help the Department make informed decisions about effective ways to improve the service systems seeking to support veterans experiencing Homelessness. The research questions to be answered by the planned data collection pertain to how HVRPs are implemented; what are the different approaches to service provision; how systems and partnerships are developed and maintained; and what the service landscape is in the absence of HVRP.

Through a notice in the August 13 Federal Register, the Department outlines the opportunity for public comment on four proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the evaluation's implementation study:

  • Grantee survey
  • Key informant interview guide
  • Partner assessment tool
  • In-depth interview guide

Comments will be due by October 13. The pre-publication version may be accessed at

Release Date

August 13, 2018

August 22 Webinar: Technical Assistance for the Permanent Labor Certification Program

As part of the Employment and Training Administration's Office of Foreign Labor Certification's continuous efforts to enhance both internal and external customer service and increase public engagement, the OFLC will host an Online Registration Process webinar on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. This webinar is specifically designed to educate our external customers (e.g. stakeholders, program users, and other interested members of the public) on identified best practices associated with the Permanent Labor Certification program.

The objective for this webinar is to provide general technical assistance that will provide stakeholders with helpful tips when submitting an online registration via the PERM Online System. Please be advised that this webinar will not address case specific inquiries.

DATE: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
FORMAT: Webinar & conference call capability will be provided to maximize participation
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 1-888-324-9242

  1. Go to or click on:
  2. If prompted, please enter the appropriate contact information (first name, last name, email address)
  3. If prompted, enter the event password: Welcome!68
  4. Click on "Join Now"

To join and hear the audio, please dial the toll-free number 1-888-324-9242 and enter access code: 9766277 to hear the audio portion of the webinar or use the audio function of the WebEx software to stream audio.

Updated: August 31, 2018