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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Web site has posted an audiovisual presentation by Chief Economist Adriana Kugler on “Labor Market Policies and Data Analysis,” delivered in April 2012.  Dr. Kugler analyzes how well the labor market has fared in the aftermath of the recession, including in specific populations, industries, and states.  She explains what data her office reviews, how DOL uses data analyses to make decisions, and what survey improvements are necessary to improve our understanding and policies concerning the labor market. 


To view the presentation, visit YouTube  


The PowerPoint slides are available at

Workforce Data Quality Initiative - SGA-DFA-PY-11-01

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $12.1 million from funds made available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 DOL appropriation for Training and Employment Services for grants to State Workforce Agencies (SWA) to develop the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). ETA expects to award approximately twelve grants of up to $1 million each for a 36 month period of performance. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities. Eligible applicants for this solicitation are those SWAs within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that were not recipients of a round one WDQI grant (as a result of solicitation SGA/DFA PY 09-10). Grants awarded will provide SWAs the opportunity to develop and use State workforce longitudinal administrative data systems. These State longitudinal data systems will, at a minimum, include information on programs that provide training, employment services, and unemployment insurance. These systems must also be linked longitudinally at the individual level to allow for analysis which will lead to enhanced opportunity for program evaluation and lead to better information for customers and stakeholders of the workforce system. In addition, these systems must connect with the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) databases. Where such longitudinal systems do not exist or are incipient, WDQI grant assistance may be used to design and develop workforce data systems that are longitudinal and which are designed to link with relevant education data or longitudinal education data systems. WDQI grant assistance may also be used to improve upon and more effectively use existing State longitudinal systems.

Issue Date: February 21, 2012
Closing Date: April 19, 2012

Full Announcement (pdf format)

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $98.5 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants authorized by the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (P.L. 112-10). These funds support innovative approaches to the design and delivery of employment and training services that generate long-term improvements in the performance of the public workforce system, both in terms of outcomes for job seeker and employer customers and cost-effectiveness.


Of special interest to the members of this Community of Practice is the text on Page 5 of the SGA, in the section that provides Examples of Innovation.


Improving linkages between employment and training services and labor market needs


Developing new programs for out-of-school youth that combine training in high-growth industry sectors with basic skills remediation and that incorporate placement into subsidized or unsubsidized employment opportunities;


Building sector strategies that align employment and training services with the skill needs of regional employers in new or changing industry sectors;


Developing new models to support and strengthen partnerships with business;


Building partnerships with employers and community colleges or high schools to combine general academic instruction with occupational training;



Also of interest is the reference to Real-Time LMI in the section on New uses of technology  


Expanding the availability and quality of on-line job training, distance/blended learning, virtual case management, and web-based career navigation tools;


Leveraging social media, text messaging alerts, and other technology to provide job-matching services to the unemployed;


Leveraging social media and other Web 2.0 technologies to support strong networks among job seekers and employers and improve outreach and strategic communication; or


Enhancing the use of real-time labor market information and other data analysis to improve services to job seekers and employers.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit  to access more information about the Workforce Innovation Fund, as well tools and resources to support application development. An online tutorial for prospective applicants is available at, "Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants," available through Workforce3One at: .

Prospective applicants can register on to access the SGA. Additional grant information is also available at  

The U.S. Department of Labor (the Department) announces the availability of up to $500 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants program. The TAACCCT grants program provides eligible institutions of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002), with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, and are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program ("TAA-eligible workers") of the Trade Act of 1974 (as amended) 19 U.S.C. 2271-2323, as well as other adults. Eligible institutions may be located in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or the U.S. territories; however, the competitiveness of institutions in the U.S. territories under this SGA may be impacted by their limited opportunity to serve TAA-eligible workers. The Department intends to fund multi-year grants to eligible institutions for either developing new education and career training program strategies or for replicating existing evidence-based design, development, and/or delivery strategies for such programs.

Issue Date: February 24, 2012
Closing Date: May 24, 2012

Full Announcement (pdf format)

From: Andrew Reamer 


Dear colleagues,


I’m writing to let you know about the new Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 State Data Tool unveiled by the NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics as part of the January release of the 2012 S&E Indicators volume by the National Science Board. The tool allows users to organize, rank, map, and compare state indicators on R&D inputs and outputs, workforce, science and tech in the economy, and postsecondary and K-12 education. In terms of web tool functionality and flexibility, I think the State Data Tool represents a large step forward for NCSES.


For those with membership organizations, Jeri Mulrow (, who oversaw the tool’s development, would be pleased to talk with you about the possibility of a webinar presentation.



Andrew Reamer,

Research Professor

George Washington Institute of Public Policy

George Washington University

805 21st St., NW Room 613

Washington, DC  20052

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