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INFORMATION SESSIONS: On behalf of the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences, the Council of Chief State School Officers will host three opportunities for a WebEx information session for states planning to apply for Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grants (http://ies.ed.gov/funding/). Each presentation will have the same format and cover the same information. Tate Gould and Emily Anthony, SLDS Grant Program Officers, will present an overview of the FY09 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act SLDS competition (45 minutes) and then provide an opportunity for questions and answers (45 minutes). The ARRA WebEx sessions will take place:

  • Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 1:00-2:30pm EDT
  • Friday, September 18, 2009 from 2:00-3:30pm EDT
  • Monday, October 5, 2009 from 12:00-1:30pm EDT

STEPS TO JOIN THE INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  1. At the start of the meeting, either click the following link or copy and paste it into your Web browser: https://ccsso.webex.com/ccsso/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=714100842
  2. Enter your name, your email address, and then click “Join.”
  3. Follow the teleconference instructions that automatically appear on your screen:
  • Call-in toll-free number: 866-469-3239
  • Meeting number: 714 100 842

GRANT OVERVIEW: The National Center for Education Statistics, under the Institute of Education Sciences, invites State educational agencies to apply for grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to design, develop, and implement statewide, longitudinal data systems to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use individual student data. The grants awarded will support the development and implementation of comprehensive P-20 systems that have the capacity to link individual student data across time and across databases, including the matching of teachers to students, promote the linking of data collected or held by various institutions, agencies, and States, and protect student privacy consistent with applicable privacy protection laws.

GRANT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 19, 2009 4:30 pm EST

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions, please contact Tate Gould, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education by phone at (202) 219-7080 or email at Tate.Gould@ed.gov.

For further information please visit: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ or http://nces.ed.gov/Programs/SLDS/grant_opportunities.asp



The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the release of career information related to green jobs this week. The first report provides readers with an overview of the wind energy industry and its recent growth in the United States, and describes some selected occupations critical to wind power. For jobseekers looking for more information on how they can find work in the wind energy industry, the report also contains typical education and training backgrounds for workers in these occupations. Read the Report:This is a great example of a Federal statistical agency (data producer) converting data, into actionable information to meet the need a  wide variety of users including job seekers, career changers, employment and training intermediaries, educators, economic developers, and others. 

 In December 2009, Congress appropriated $12.5 million to support the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The WDQI will complement the state Longitudinal Data Systems Grants Initiative that is currently being implemented through the U.S. Department of Education. Funds will be competitively awarded to State Workforce Agencies. Up to twelve grants, ranging from $1 million for single-state applicants to $3 million for multi-state consortium applicants will be awarded. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their submitted proposals and the completeness of their responses to the criteria set forth in the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA).

WDQI grants will support the development of or enhancements to longitudinal administrative databases to integrate workforce and education data. These funds will help states incorporate workforce information into their longitudinal data systems, to help them follow individuals through school, into, and through their work life. Additionally, the WDQI places an emphasis on promoting improvements in the information quality and the accessibility of performance data, including data reported by training providers. High quality and consistency in the data available from service providers concerning the services they offer, and how well these services serve their customers when they enter the labor market, are integral to informed consumer choices. 
 

The WDQI will be implemented through a collaborative partnership at the federal level between the Departments of Labor and Education. Applicants also will need to demonstrate the same or similar partnership efforts at the state level. DOL expects that successful applicants will follow the objectives of the WDQI through strongly rooted partnership between educational and workforce agencies.

Information on the SGA can be found in the May 17, 2010 federal register at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-11610.pdf

The Department of Commerce announced on  August 3 it has launched an interactive map indicating the project locations of communities and recipients funded by the 2009  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Five agencies of the Department of Commerce (NTIA, EDA, NIST, NOAA and the U.S. Census Bureau) received a total of $7.9 billion for U.S. job creation and economic growth as part of the historic economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama in February, 2009.

The map also includes data from the USDA and HUD Recovery Web sites. (DOC Recovery Map)

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About the DOC Recovery  Projects Map

Background

The USDA ARRA Projects Map allows the American Public to find and view information about Recovery Act projects in web-based map display. The map was created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase transparency and accountability of federal spending by providing the public with additional methods of accessing project information.

The map allows the public to click on individual projects and access specific project information and comment blogs.

Project Data

The project data displayed on the map is provided by the individual agencies within participating departments and displays agency funding which includes commitments, obligations, and disbursements.  The markers are placed on the map based on the zip code of the recipient or award and therefore represent approximate locations. Map markers representing funding for farm operating loans or loans to individuals have been aggregated at the state or county level and do not indicate the location of specific loans.

The map viewer is designed to work in all major web browsers which support full Google Maps functionality.  Performance is optimal on those browsers and computer systems that are able to perform javascript operations quickly (e.g., Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari).  If JavaScript is turned off, the map viewer will not be available; however, all map data can be viewed in the accompanying Map Data page.
The Department of Labor is required to submit its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2011-2016 to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and to the Congress by September 30, 2010. The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) requires agencies to ``solicit and consider the views and suggestions of those entities potentially affected by or interested in'' the Strategic Plan.

To solicit input from a diverse array of stakeholders, the Department of Labor (DOL) has directly engaged Congress, external stakeholders, and its own employees through agency outreach and by posting the Draft Strategic Plan on the DOL Web site. Thirteen DOL agencies (those contributing directly to the 14 outcome goals) have provided highlights of their measures and strategies in user-friendly slideshow format on the DOL strategic planning Web page. These agencies have also held listening sessions with employees working in the DOL national and regional offices, the general public, stakeholders, and Congress. Employee and public outreach included Web chats; public versions are archived on the strategic planning Web site. DOL supplemented agency outreach with an e-mail address for public comments.

DOL has been collecting and considering the suggestions and concerns of the various stakeholders to refine goals, measures, and strategies consistent with Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis' vision of "Good Jobs for Everyone." Comments were distributed to the relevant agencies for consideration and changes were made to the plan as appropriate. The Office of Management and Budget has also reviewed and provided detailed comments on the Draft Strategic Plan, and additional changes were made as a result.

Now that the Draft Strategic Plan has undergone rigorous review and that a number of changes have been made in response to that review, DOL is now soliciting feedback on the revised Draft Strategic Plan. The revised Draft Strategic Plan will be posted on http://www.dol.gov/_sec/stratplan/ from August 23 through August 30, and during that time members of the public are invited to review it and offer comments tostrategic-plan@dol.gov.
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