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Census Bureau's Scientific Advisory Committee to Meet on September 17 - 18
The Census Bureau has published a notice today of a September 17 - 18 meeting of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee. All meetings are open to the public and will be webcast. The Committee will address policy, research, and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including communications, decennial, demographic, economic, field operations, geographic, information technology, and statistics (see inset box). The meeting will be held at the U.S. Census Bureau Auditorium, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746.
Please visit the Census Advisory Committees Web site for the most current meeting agenda at:
http://www.census.gov/cac/. The meeting will be available via webcast at:
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/census-live.html or at
A brief period will be set aside at the meeting for public comment on September 18. However, individuals with extensive questions or statements must submit them in writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line "September 2015 C-SAC Meeting Public Comment"), or by letter submission to the Committee Liaison Officer, Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H185, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233.
If you plan to attend the meeting, please register by Tuesday, September 15, 2015. You may access the online registration from the following link: https://www.regonline.com/csacseptember2015. Seating is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
National Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Workforce Summit Scheduled for September 16
The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with the National Aviation Consortium, Aerospace Industries Association, and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association will host the National Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Workforce Summit on September 16, 2015. This event will bring industry leaders together in a half-day forum to publicize the challenges faced by the aerospace and defense industry in finding and training the 21st century skilled technical workforce and identify best practices to address these needs.
Event Location: NEWSEUM, Washington, DC
ETA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Extension of "Statement of Expenditures and Financial Adjustments of Federal Funds for Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees and Ex-Servicemembers Report"
The Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comment concerning the collection of data about Expenditures and Financial Adjustments of Federal Funds for Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees and Ex-Servicemembers. Public Law 97-362, Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1982, amended the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Sevicemembers (UCX) law, and Public Law 96-499, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, amended the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) law requiring each Federal employing agency to pay the costs of regular and extended UCFE/UCX benefits paid to its employees by the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The ETA 191 report submitted quarterly by each SWA shows the amount of benefits that should be charged to each Federal employing agency. The Office of Unemployment Insurance uses this information to aggregate the SWA quarterly charges and submit one official bill to each Federal agency being charged. Federal agencies then reimburse the Federal Employees Compensation Account maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The August 26 FEDERAL REGISTER provides complete background and instructions on the submission of comments. Comments are due by October 26.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $9.5 Million in Workforce Development Grants to Promote Careers in Transit, Ladders of Opportunity
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today (August 25) announced $9.5 million in grants to 19 projects in 13 states selected to help train a new generation of skilled workers and support long-term careers in the public transportation industry. The announcement was made at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), and the grants are provided through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development program.
"The public transit industry offers good-paying careers that can lift Americans into the middle class or help them stay there, and more of these careers will be available in the future," said Secretary Foxx. "These grants will help us overcome skills gaps and provide more young people with the training, apprenticeships, and educational opportunities they need to gain entry into these careers."
On August 24, the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor today released a joint report entitled "Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry." The report details the future growth areas or employment "hot spots" in transportation by industry subsectors, occupations, career areas, and geographic areas.
Eligible applicants included public transportation providers at the state, local, and regional level, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Native American tribes, non-profit institutions, and institutions of higher education. A list of selected projects is available online.
Mathematica Publishes New Issue Brief – "Developing an Effective Performance Management System: Lessons for the Implementation of WIOA"
August 25 advisory from Mathematica
This issue brief provides guidance on what it will take to develop a first-class performance management system that allows states to collect and report accurate data under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act legislation, which modifies Workforce Investment Act measures.
Under WIOA, the U.S. Department of Education’s Adult Education and Family Literacy program and the Vocational Rehabilitation program are integrated into the federal labor accountability system, along with the WIA adult, dislocated, and youth programs; and the Wagner-Peyser Employment Service program.
This brief provides recommendations to help federal, state, and local agencies ensure that their performance management systems support accountability and can help them manage their programs. It also provides guidance to help federal and state labor and education agencies develop and implement the new systems to generate quality performance data at a reasonable cost.
National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Meet on September 17 - 18; Conference Line Available for Participation
The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) will hold a public meeting on September 17 - 18 at the Department of Commerce in Washington D.C.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Council's planned work initiatives in three focus areas: workforce/talent, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The final agenda will be posted on the NACIE Web site at http://www.eda.gov/oie/nacie/ prior to the meeting.
Any member of the public may submit pertinent questions and comments concerning the Council's affairs at any time before or after the meeting. Comments may be submitted to the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the contact information below. Those unable to attend the meetings in person but wishing to listen to the proceedings can do so through a conference call line: 1-888-469-3146, passcode: 1371820 for both meeting days on September 17 and September 18.
NGA Releases New Report: 'Tackling Intergenerational Poverty: How Governors Can Advance Coordinated Services for Low-Income Parents and Children"
From the National Governors Association:
Poverty and long-term unemployment plague Americans of all ages, including parents and their children. Because governors oversee most state and federal programs for low-income families, they are uniquely positioned to address those issues by using two-generation strategies, according to a report released this week by the National Governors Association (NGA).
Families experiencing economic hardship often face many challenges. The complexity of those issues requires coordinated support that goes beyond temporary relief from economic stress.
Two-generation strategies align programs and policies for children and their parents through a holistic approach intended to help them permanently move out of poverty, according to Tackling Intergenerational Poverty: How Governors Can Advance Coordinated Services for Low-Income Parents and Children. Research shows these strategies hold promise, particularly when both generations simultaneously receive services.
"We’ve focused on promoting long-term economic success for families by addressing intergenerational barriers to school readiness and workforce readiness," said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. "It is my hope other states will adopt strategies to address intergenerational poverty by providing high-quality services to children and their parents through coordinated education and workforce programs."
When considering two-generation strategies to eradicate poverty, governors should:
- Explore policies to enhance coordination between effective adult- and child-serving programs or services;
- Clearly define goals;
- Ensure strategies are backed by solid research;
- Be both creative and practical; and
- Experiment but evaluate.
National Reporting System for Adult Education: Department of Education Invites Publishers to Submit Tests for Review and Approval
The Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education has published a notice today inviting publishers to submit tests for review and approval for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS).
The deadline for applications is October 1, 2015.
Click here for criteria used by the Secretary of Education to determine final suitability as well as the test submission instructions and contact information.
NGA Issues Report: Tracking Graduates in the Workforce -- Connecting Education and Labor Market Data
Using data to track recent graduates in the workforce helps ensure postsecondary education institutions are preparing graduates for successful careers, according to a report released on August 24 by the National Governors Association (NGA).
Accurate information gleaned from education and workforce data is key to well-functioning labor markets. With the platform to guide public education and economic development, governors play a pivotal role in the success of their state's labor market.
Tracking Graduates in the Workforce: Connecting Education and Labor Market Data looks at questions governors can ask when evaluating postsecondary education and training programs in their state. The report also profiles several successful programs already in place throughout the country.
"Tracking graduates' success in the workforce helps employers and employees make important decisions about hiring, wages, training and more," said Hawaii Gov. David Ige. "As governors, we can help make sure our postsecondary programs and workforce training programs are using data effectively and efficiently to improve graduates' chances of finding and keeping good jobs."
To evaluate postsecondary education and training programs, governors should consider:
How their state is using data to improve educational system outcomes to benefit recent graduates, workers and employers; How the state is using education and workforce data to improve postsecondary programs and hold institutions and other state entities accountable; and Where recent graduates have successfully found employment.
To learn more about the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division, please visit http://www.nga.org/cms/center/edu.
National Skills Coalition Releases Scan of Sector Partnership Policies in 50 States
National Skills Coalition Releases Scan of Sector Partnership Policies in 50 States The National Skills Coalition has released a "50-State Scan" of policies that support local sector partnerships.
NSC finds that "21 states have policies in place to support local sector partnerships, and as such, are positioned to help local communities meet the needs of both workers and employers in key industries."
NSC also notes: "Local sector partnerships, which bring together multiple employers with education, training, labor, and community-based organizations, are a proven strategy for helping employers find skilled workers and helping workers prepare for middle-skill jobs. In an environment of limited resources, it’s critical that state policymakers invest in workforce development strategies that work."