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Release Date

10/30/2018

Department of Education Publishes Sixty-Day PRA Notice for State Planning Requirements under Perkins V

The Department of Education has published the sixty-day PRA notice for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act State Plan.

This information collection is used by the Department to gather State plans from eligible agencies under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century Act (Pub. L. 115-224) (Perkins V or the Act). State plans consist of narrative information, budgets, and performance levels pursuant to the Act and applicable Federal regulations pursuant to the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (2 CFR 76). Eligible agencies are the State boards, or sole State agencies, responsible for career and technical education in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the outlying areas of the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

Perkins V authorizes appropriations from Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 through FY 2024. Section 122(a) of Perkins V requires each eligible agency desiring assistance for any fiscal year under the Act to prepare and submit to the Secretary a State plan for a 4-year period, together with such annual revisions as the Act specifies or the eligible agency deems necessary.

Eligible agencies may submit a 4-year State plan or, for FY 2019 only, a one-year transition plan followed by a 4-year plan. An eligible agency also may submit its State plan as part of a Combined State Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014 (WIOA).

See:
October 24 Federal Register notice: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-24/pdf/2018-23141.pdf

Documentation: http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2018-ICCD-0108.

Release Date

10/30/2018

Department of Labor Launches New Public Service Announcement Highlighting Importance and Value of Employees with Disabilities

As part of its annual commemoration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the U.S. Department of Labor today (October 29) launched a new public service announcement (PSA) that highlights the importance of helping workers who become ill or injured remain active in America's workforce.

Featuring baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., the PSA, entitled "Working Works," highlights four individuals sharing their own stories of working together with employers, healthcare professionals, and others to ensure that continued employment is part of the conversation early and often during the recovery process. Ripken appears with former Baltimore Orioles head athletic trainer, Richie Bancells, who supported Ripken's efforts to overcome injuries and set the Major League Baseball record of 2,632 consecutive games played.

"National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a time to emphasize the importance of ensuring all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, can put their skills and talents to work," said Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy. "This public service announcement illustrates how the nation's job creators and workers who experience illness or injury can work together to empower America's workforce."

Working Works is the fourth in a series of PSAs produced by the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), a collaborative effort funded by the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) among disability advocacy and business organizations to change attitudes about disability and employment. View the PSAs and learn more about the CDE.

Each October, NDEAM celebrates employers who are committed to a workplace that welcomes qualified people with disabilities. Learn more about the 2018 NDEAM observance, including the event's official 2018 poster.

Release Date

10/30/2018

ETA Publishes Sixty-Day PRA Notice for Proposed Revision of the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Forms

The Employment and Training Administration has published the sixty-day PRA notice for a proposed revision of the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Forms in the October 25 FEDERAL REGISTER.  In order to meet its statutory responsibilities under the Immigration and Nationality Act, ETA must extend and revise an existing collection of information pertaining to labor certification applications used in the H-2A visa program that allows employers to bring foreign labor to the U.S. on a seasonal or other temporary basis.

Comments are due by December 24. 

See: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-25/pdf/2018-23276.pdf

Release Date

10/30/2018

STEM Dual Enrollment: Model Policy Components

The Education Commission of the States has released a new report  -- STEM Dual Enrollment: Model Policy Components - which outlines state-level policy components that help ensure dual enrollment programs in science, technology, engineering and math are broadly accessible, particularly to students traditionally underrepresented in STEM courses.

For the purposes of this Special Report, STEM dual enrollment includes any of the following types of postsecondary courses offered to high school students:

  • Traditional academic coursework in STEM disciplines, defined here as science, technology, engineering, math, computer science or medicine.
  • Career and technical education (CTE) coursework that applies knowledge from STEM disciplines.
  • Integrated or interdisciplinary coursework in STEM disciplines that may be either pure or applied.

Release Date

10/30/2018

Infrastructure and Broadband: NTIA Seeking Comment on Plan to Collect New Information

The National Telecommunication and Information Administration has published a PRA sixty-day notice which conveys its intent to "collect broadband availability at a more granular level than that available via the FCC Form 477 process." 

This information collection includes the use of both wireline and wireless technologies to deliver broadband services. NTIA intends to collect this information from two types of respondents that collect broadband data with more geographic granularity than the Census block level:  (1) Owners and operators of broadband networks; and (2) industry associations, data aggregators, and researchers that study or analyze broadband availability.

NTIA notes that respondents "may include private companies, non-profits, cooperatives, educational institutions, tribal governments, and local, regional, or state governments."

Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instruments and instructions should be sent to Andrew Spurgeon, Chief of Operations, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4887, Washington, DC 20230 (or via email at aspurgeon@ntia.doc.gov).

Comments are due by December 24.  Written comments may be sent to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, (202) 482-0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6612, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via email at docpra@doc.gov).

The PDF version of the October 25 Federal Register notice can be found at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-25/pdf/2018-23296.pdf.

Release Date

10/30/2018

Update of U.S. Cluster Mapping Portal

TCI Network is the leading global network of main organisations and practitioners with deep expertise in clusters and competitiveness, who collaborate in a unique open, flexible and practical context to advance in the practice of competitiveness, innovation and cluster development.

Through its activities, TCI reaches out to 9,000 practitioners from development agencies, government departments, cluster organisations, academic institutions, companies and multilateral organisations in over 110 countries.

Founded in 1998, TCI is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation with a global scope, open to members from all continents. Its co-founders include Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School.

In preparation for its October 16 - 18 Global Conference in Toronto, TCI announced that the U.S. Cluster Mapping Portal was recently refreshed with 2016 cluster data in regions.

The U.S. Cluster Mapping site provides over 50 million open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments in the U.S. to promote economic growth and national competitiveness. It is led by Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration.

See: http://clustermapping.us/

Release Date

10/30/2018

New Apprenticeship.gov Now Incorporated within O*NET Websites

Apprenticeship.gov, the new one-stop source for all things apprenticeship, is now seamlessly incorporated within My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and O*NET OnLine. Visit the sites today to get your customers on the road to finding an apprenticeship that's right for them! If you are a business, learn how easy it is to start an apprenticeship program that will help grow your business and make a positive impact on your industry.

Updated: October 30, 2018