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Release Date

August 22, 2019

OCTAE Clarifies Circumstances under which Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Funds Can Pay for Occupational Certificates and/or Credentials in an Integrated Education and Training Programs

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education has issued Program Memorandum (19-2) to State Directors of Adult Education on August 15. The Program Memorandum clarifies the circumstances under which Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funds may be used to pay for occupational certificates and/or credentials in an Integrated Education and Training (IET) program.

Release Date

August 22, 2019

Small Business Administration Announces Winners of the Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the winners of the Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition this week. The SBA awarded $1 million in prize money to competition winners.

"It is my privilege to announce the twelve winners of the SBA s MaTCH Pilot Competition. The MaTCH competition is a testament to the SBA's commitment to identifying employment opportunities and supporting small business' workforce recruitment and retention," said Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton. "Makerspaces are uniquely positioned to help innovate training for the workforces of today and tomorrow, and spur economic development across the country. Through the MaTCH competition, the winners will be able to directly support vocational education, develop apprenticeships, and cultivate access to entrepreneurship. In addition, I am pleased to note that multiple winners are located in Opportunity Zones where job creation and investments are moving forward to revitalize communities."

News release / listing of grantees

Release Date

August 22, 2019

BLS Announces Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Now Incorporated into the Census Business Builder

An August 19 Bureau of Labor Statistics advisory

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data are now available in the Census Business Builder, a web data tool from the U.S. Census Bureau that provides demographic and economic data to business owners and regional analysts in a user-friendly format that is simple to access.

Release Date

August 22, 2019

ETA Publishes Thirty-Day PRA Notice for Revisions to the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Reserve Funding Request

The Employment and Training Administration today has published the thirty-day PRA notice for the revisions to the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Reserve Funding Request.

Information collected using this form enables the Department to effectively provide financial information to stakeholders such as Congress, OMB, internal and external partners, and the public. States use the form to request additional funds for training costs, job search and relocation allowances, and employment and case management services for trade-affected workers. This information collection is a revision because the currently approved version of this collection is based on amendments made to the Trade Act of 1974 (Act) through the Trade Reform Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-210). Since that time, there have been three additional major amendments to the Act, most recently through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114-27). One of the major changes authorized funding for the provision of employment and case management services under Section 235 of the Act. The current collection does not take into account this authorized expenditure category.

Comments are due by September 19.

Release Date

August 22, 2019

Pell for Students Who are Incarcerated/Second Chance Pell: Department of Education Publishes Thirty-Day PRA Notice

Through the Pell for Students who are Incarcerated experiment (also known as Second Chance Pell) the Department of Education will provide selected eligible postsecondary institutions with a waiver to the current statutory ban on incarcerated individuals, who are otherwise eligible, from receiving Federal Pell Grant funds to attend eligible postsecondary programs. The experiment aims to test whether participation in high-quality educational opportunities increases after access to financial aid for incarcerated adults is expanded and to examine how waiving the restriction influences individual academic and life outcomes. This is a reinstatement of the information collection instrument that is used by the Department to select qualified institutions.

The Department today has published the thirty-day PRA notice for the collection. Comments are due by September 19.

Documentation is available at use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2019-ICCD-0067.

It appears that only four comments were submitted in response to the sixty-day notice.

Updated: August 26, 2019