Topics Of Interest
BLS and OMB Seek Comment on Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is seeking authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act for the extension of the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) information collection.
- The BLS uses QCEW data provided by State Workforce Agencies as a sampling frame for establishment surveys; for publishing accurate current estimates of employment for the U.S., States, counties, and metropolitan areas; and for publishing quarterly census totals of local establishment counts, employment, and wages.
- The Bureau of Economic Analysis uses the data to produce accurate personal income data in a timely matter for the U.S., States, and local areas.
- Finally, the data is critical to the Employment Training Administration in administrating unemployment insurance programs.
The October 8, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background and the instructions for the submission of comments to the Office of Management and Budget.
National Big Data R&D: National Science Foundation Issues RFI
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on October 2 it is encouraging feedback from multiple big data stakeholders to inform the development of a framework, set of priorities, and ultimately a strategic plan for the National Big Data R&D Initiative. Comments are due by November 14.
A number of areas of interest have been identified by agency representatives in the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG) as well as the many members of the big data R&D community that have participated in BDSSG events and workshops over the past several years. Today’s Request for Information (RFI) is a critical step in developing a cross-agency strategic plan that has broad community input and that can be referenced by all Federal agencies as they move forward over the next five to ten years with their own big data R&D programs, policies, partnerships, and activities.
This RFI is open to all. NSF especially encourages public and private sector organizations (e.g., universities, government laboratories, companies, non-profits) with big data interests to submit their ideas. Participants must also be willing to have their ideas posted for discussion on a public Web site and included with possible attribution in the plan.
Comments and suggestions based on reading the initial framework, The National Big Data R&D Initiative: Vision and Priority Actions, and guided by the following questions:
- What are the gaps that are not addressed in the Visions and Priority Actions document?
- From an interagency perspective, what do you think are the most high impact ideas at the frontiers of big data research and development?
- What new research, education, and/or infrastructure investments do you think will be game-changing for the big data innovation ecosystem?
- How can the federal government most effectively enable new partnerships, particularly those that cross sectors or domains?
HHS/ACF Announces Latest Funding under "Assets for Independence Program"
A new set of grants recently announced by HHS'' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will give Americans greater support in their efforts to save money.
The Assets for Independence (AFI) program, funded by ACF's Office of Community Services (OCS), will award 44 grants totaling close to $10 million to community-based programs that help individuals and families build long-term savings.
AFI grants use existing individual and community assets to give individuals access to savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Each dollar deposited into an IDA receives a match of $1 to $8 from public and private sector resources. Individuals in the program also receive financial education to help in their path to become financially self-sufficient.
"AFI is an important platform for bringing financial capability, credit and debt counseling, access to federal tax credits and other asset-building tools to working families across the nation,"� said Mark Greenberg, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families.
In addition to funding programs in 48 states and the District of Columbia, AFI also works with the Administration for Native Americans to help increase awareness of and access to matched savings programs in Native American communities.
AFI grantees enroll participants to save earned income in special-purpose, matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Every dollar that a participant deposits into an AFI IDA is matched (from $1 to $8 in combined federal and non-federal funds) by the AFI project. AFI participants use their IDAs and matching funds for one of three allowable assets: purchase a first home; capitalize or expand a business; or fund post-secondary education or training. AFI grantees also provide training and support services to participants, such as financial education; credit counseling and repair; and guidance in accessing refundable tax credits.
See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/resource/afi-grant-awards-fy-2014 for a listing of the organizations, locations, and amounts.
ETA Issues Instructions on Senior Community Service Employment Program State Plan Modifications
The Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter 08-14. This TEGL provide guidance to Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) grantees for modifying unified, integrated, and stand-alone State Plans that were approved in 2012.
Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Grant Competition Application Instructions
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced today is soliciting comments concerning its proposed renewal of the Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Grant Competition Application Instructions. Funding for this competition was created as a result of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act. This competition responds to the need in the social sector for new ways of funding as traditional resources are declining and demands are increasing. It offers the opportunity to support innovation in the social sector while driving better results and conserving government resources. The affected public includes nonprofit organizations, funders and intermediary organizations.
CNCS requests comments by November 28. More...