Topics Of Interest
VA Announces Intention to Establish Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot; Adopts Final Rule
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has adopted as a final rule, without change, the proposal to establish a pilot program known as the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP). The RVCP will provide grants to eligible community-based organizations and local and State government entities to be used by these organizations and entities to assist veterans and their families who are transitioning from military service to civilian life in rural or underserved communities. VA will use information obtained through the pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of using community-based organizations and local and State government entities to improve the provision of services to transitioning veterans and their families.
Five RVCP grants will be awarded for a 2-year period in discrete locations pursuant to a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) to be published in the Federal Register.
This final rule is effective March 27, 2013.
March 5 Webinar: Higher Education Collaboration for a Sustainable Community -- A 2 - Year / 4-Year Partnership to Get More Students Marketable Credentials
Imagine a service learning partnership where a community college, university, the city, and the utility company collaborate to help local homeowners achieve lasting energy efficiencies while simultaneously providing marketable credentials for students.
This is happening in California, through the Chico Energy Pioneers, a pilot project of Butte College (CA), California State University-Chico, the City of Chico, and PG&E. The partnership is educating and training area contractors and other professionals to conduct home energy efficiency assessments for retrofits and energy behavioral consultations. Butte College is certifying workers as building performance analysts, CSU-Chico is providing the research components, and the City of Chico and PG&E Company are providing institutional program support
The workforce community is encouraged to join a March 5 webinar (12:00 to 1:00 p.m.) to learn how this works and how it can be adapted in your area or region.
Linda Herman, Manager, City of Chico General Services
Annie Rafferty, Director Butte College, The Training Place
Dr. Scott McNall, Emeritus Provost and Professor of Sociology, CSU, Chico
Jon Stallman, Energy X-Change, M.A. Technical Education and Program Development
Todd Cohen, Director, American Association of Community College's SEED Center
Department of Education Seeks Comment on Proposed Model Demonstration Projects in States to Improve Outcomes for Children Receiving SSI and Their Families
The Department of Education just posted a Public Input Notice (PIN) at www.ed.gov/PROMISE inviting interested persons and organizations to provide input on a new competitive grant program, Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE). The purpose of this program is to fund model demonstration projects in States to promote improved outcomes for children who receive SSI and their families. Under this program, projects must form strong and effective partnerships among State agencies responsible for programs that play a key role in providing services to child SSI recipients and their families and provide coordinated services and supports designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of child SSI recipients and their families.
Governors' offices, the State agencies identified as required partners in the PIN, and other organizations and agencies that may be interested in participating in partnerships are particularly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Public Input Notice posted at www.ed.gov/PROMISE, participate in the upcoming public webinars, and provide written comments on the PIN. During the webinars, staff will provide an overview of the new program and take questions. Note that the Department will not be undertaking formal rulemaking on the priority to be used for the PROMISE competition so this opportunity to comment on the PIN is the only opportunity the public will have to provide feedback on the proposed requirements for this competition.
Several webinars will be held in late February and early March with an opportunity to ask questions.
- Feb 27th - 3:00-4:30pm eastern
- Feb 28th - 3:00-4:30pm eastern
- March 5th - 3:00-4:30pm eastern
To join the PROMISE Initiative Webinar, please click this link:
The event number is: 591 788 776
You may join the teleconference at any time by dialing: 1 800-503-2899 and typing in the following Access Code when prompted: 4036828
Augmenting America’s Literacy Directory: One-Stop Shopping for Locating Education Programs
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education within the Department of Education has provided this advisory/invitation to adult educators that may be of potential interest to the workforce community:
America’s Literacy Directory (ALD) is part of the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) and allows students to search for programs by location and desired services. We need your help during the month of February to ensure that the directory provides students with the most up-to-date information.
Is your program’s information listed correctly? Please take a few minutes to check and update your program information. Please note that you will need to log in, check, update, and save in order for program information to remain current: https://literacydirectory.org.
Now, it is easier for you to update program information and for students to locate the best programs. The data fields have been streamlined, and the look and feel of the directory has been modernized.
The ultimate goal is for adult students across the country to have a one-stop-shop for locating education programs. We thank you for your time and dedication to serving adult education students!
Also, help us spread the word to other adult education service providers via your own program’s social media accounts, using the following example post:
[Insert name of program] updated our info on America’s Literacy Directory, so adult ed students in [Insert 2-letter state abbreviation] can find our services! #adulted @LINCS_ED
Unemployment Insurance Demonstration Projects under Section 305 of the Social Security Act
The Employment and Training Administration has clarified the applicability of the able and available and work search requirements under section 303(a)(12) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to participants in demonstration projects permitted under section 305.
2013 Excellence in Economic Development Awards: IEDC Announces Call for Entries, Categories Include “Human Capital,” “Entrepreneurship,” and “Sustainable and Green Development”
The International Economic Development Council has announced the opening of its “Call for Entries: 2013 Excellence in Economic Development Awards.” The workforce community may note the latent intersection of many of the award category/citations (human capital, youth pipelines, skill acquisition, entrepreneurship, regional approaches, green development and sustainability, etc.) with workforce preparation. There is an entry fee for the majority of the categories. Applications are due by May 17. Please visit http://www.iedcevents.org/AnnualConference/Awards.html for complete background and application instructions.
Some of the award categories include:
This award distinguishes economic development efforts that develop strategic approaches to meet one or more of following objectives: 1) strengthening the skills of the workforce; 2) increasing and developing the pool of knowledge workers, including youth in the pipeline; 3) enhancing the skill sets of low-skilled and other disadvantaged workers; and 4) better integrating and aligning economic and workforce development activities through systematic attempts at building a workforce system.
This award recognizes programs, policies, or initiatives that nurture and support individuals or emerging small businesses to develop their ideas, products, and/or services into viable, competitive businesses. This can include, but is not limited to, providing access to finances, services, experts, networks, mentors, technology transfer, management resources, and fast learning environments.
Sustainable and Green Development
This award recognizes programs that simultaneously target and create relationships between economic development and environmental sustainability. These efforts include, but are not limited to, programs which encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy, green buildings, materials and products, environmental technologies and industries, sustainable tourism, smart growth, green infrastructure, and green chemistry.
Census Bureau Issues Call for Proposals and Posters on Practical Applications Using Local Employment Dynamics Data; Establishes “Partnership” Theme; Requests Submissions by February 22
The 2013 Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership 14th Annual Workshop will be held in Washington, DC, at the US Census Bureau headquarters on June 12-13, 2013. The Census Bureau has recently issued a call for proposals and posters about practical applications using LED data.
The theme for this year is "Working Together" – the Census Bureau is particularly interested in presentations that explore how LED data encourages a wide variety of partners to work together in new ways.
The submission deadline is Friday, February 22, 2013 for both presentations and posters. Proposals should be sent by email to email@example.com. Selected presenters will be featured on plenary panels or in targeted break-out sessions during prime time of the 2013 workshop. A poster session will allow authors and workshop participants the opportunity to discuss LED applications. The Census Bureau will provide paid travel and two nights lodging for the selected presenters to attend the workshop; poster authors must provide their own travel/lodging.
Questions and comments should be sent to CES.Local.Employment.Dynamics@census.gov. Please click on the following PDFs for more details:
HUD Announces First Round of Allocations of Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funds; Resources Provides to New York State, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Rhode Island
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $5.4 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funding to five states and New York City, representing the first round of CDBG grants from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 signed into law by President Obama on January 29. This is the fastest HUD has ever allocated CDBG funding to grantees following the passage of a funding bill.
The CDBG Disaster Recovery funding gives grantees significant flexibility in determining how best to use their funds to meet the greatest unmet needs. In general, the funds are intended for the restoration of housing and infrastructure as well as economic revitalization in disaster-impacted areas. The funds are to meet recovery needs that are not otherwise covered by insurance, FEMA, SBA, or other sources. HUD expects the first round of allocations to focus largely on housing and small business needs.
The allocations represent 34 percent of the $16 billion in CDBG funding included in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. The first allocation is distributed as follows:
- New York City - $1.77 billion
- State of New York – $1.71 billion
- New Jersey – $1.83 billion
- Connecticut - $71.8 million
- Maryland - $8.6 million
- Rhode Island – $3.2 million
Announcement of Round 2 of the Presidential Innovations Fellows Program
The White House has announced that applications are now being accepted for Round Round 2 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.
Launched last year, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program recruits top innovators and entrepreneurs from the private sector for 6-12 month "tours of duty" in government to help develop innovative solutions in areas of national significance.
For additional information and the application link, please visit the February 5, 2012 blogpost by Todd Park, US Chief Technology Officer, and Steven VanRoekel, US Chief Information Officer.
The authors note, in part: "We are also inviting applications from those who would like to help launch the following new projects:
- Disaster Response and Recovery will collaboratively build and "pre-position" critical tech tools ahead of future emergencies or natural disasters in order to mitigate economic damage and save lives.
- Cyber-Physical Systems will work with government and industry to create standards for a new generation of inter operable, dynamic, and efficient "smart systems"—an "industrial Internet"—that combines distributed sensing, control, and data analytics to help grow the economy and new high-value American jobs.
- 21st Century Financial Systems will work to move the financial accounting systems of Federal agencies out of the era of large-scale, agency-specific implementations to one that favors more nimble, modular, scalable, and cost-effective approaches.
- Innovation Toolkit will develop a suite of tools that empowers our Federal workforce to respond to national priorities more quickly and more efficiently.
- Development Innovation Ventures will help enable the US government to identify, test, and scale breakthrough solutions to the world's toughest problems."
'Making" Our Future: What States Are Doing to Encourage Growth in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investment
The competitiveness of U.S. businesses and their ability to hold and return manufacturing jobs to the United States will depend in part on success in advanced manufacturing, according to a report recently released by the National Governors Association (NGA).
Advanced manufacturing applies to both the production of tailor-made goods aimed at specific individuals and industry users and an array of product and process innovations being adopted by manufactures that include robotics, nanotechnologies and advanced materials. "Making" Our Future: What States Are Doing to Encourage Growth in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investment chronicles the progress of eight states in preparing new strategies intended to build a foundation for success in advanced manufacturing by combining workforce education and support for business innovation, university-industry partnerships and public and private sector entrepreneurship.
"Making" Our Future focuses on the results of an NGA Center for Best Practices Policy Academy where teams from eight states -- California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania -- participated in an intensive, year-long strategic planning process to support advanced manufacturing. Together, these states represent 30 percent of total manufacturing gross domestic product, one-third of U.S. manufacturing jobs and more than 25 percent of U.S. exports of manufactured goods.
As a result of the NGA Policy Academy, states:
- Established new programs;
- Redesigned organizations or created new ones;
- Passed legislation; and
- Secured funding allocations for their manufacturing priorities.
This report offers all states a unique look at the policy steps taken by the eight states to encourage growth in manufacturing through innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.
NGA collaborated with and received funding support from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. To learn more, please visit www.nga.org/cms/center/ehsw.
The NGA Center for Best Practices' Economic, Human Services & Workforce (EHSW) Division focuses on best practices, policy options, and service delivery improvements across a range of current and emerging issues, including economic development and innovation, workforce development, employment services, research and development policies, and human services for children, youth, low-income families, and people with disabilities.
ANSI and IREC Launch Full Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Certificate Accreditation Program; Schedule February 14 Webinar to Discuss Program
The American National Standard Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) are pleased to announce that the ANSI-IREC program for the accreditation of renewable energy and energy efficiency certificate programs has completed its pilot phase and is now accepting general applications.
The program, which began in pilot form in January 2012, evaluates certificate-awarding schools, colleges and other institutions against requirements for equipment, curriculum, facilities, administration, and personnel set forth in the IREC Standard 14732: 2013, General Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs. Accreditation under the ANSI-IREC program demonstrates to students, policymakers, funders, and employers that programs have demonstrated meeting all requirements in the standard and provides third-party verification that certificate programs have demonstrated meeting the requirements for issuing a market-valued certificate. Students who have graduated from an ANSI-IREC accredited program will improve the quality of work in the marketplace and help to establish benchmarks for the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.
Successful applicants will join three organizations currently accredited against the prestigious 14732 Standard: CalCERTS, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and National Solar Trainers.
The ANSI-IREC program follows the evaluation process outlined in the international standard ISO/IEC 17011, which represents the highest globally accepted practices for accreditation bodies. Under this process, trained assessors review documents submitted by applicants, conduct on-site assessments, and make recommendations to the accreditation committee.
Program staff will host a February 14 webinar to discuss the new Program. Register here to take part in the webinar.
For more information, visit the program website, or contact ANSI’s Diana Singhavong (DSinghavong@ansi.org) or IREC’s Pat Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HHS Publishes 2013 Poverty Guidelines
The Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines was published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2013.
2013 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Employment and Training Administration’s Lower Living Standard Income Level Guideline Webpage