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April 16, 2009

Re:  New Info from US Department of Labor And US Department of Health and Human Services

Dear Mayor:

Neil Bomberg of the National League of Cities (NLC) has advised us that over the past week, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued new information related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

On Tuesday April 14, DOL’s Employment and Training Administration announced that it had made a number of changes to Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) Number 14-08.  The TEGL was originally released to help Workforce Investment Act workforce areas implement new and innovative job training and placement programs with the additional funds provided through the ARRA.  Nothing about the overall thrust of the workforce program has changed.  Instead, the changes to the TEGL were merely designed to clarify the period of time over which ARRA funding will be available; to address how funds will be recaptured and reallocated; to clarify the rules governing the transfer of funds between ARRA adult and dislocated worker programs; and to announce the availability of workforce system FAQs or frequently asked questions.

To obtain copies of this document please go to: 
http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2741, where you can obtain a PDF version of the revised TEGL.

On April 10, HHS announced that $1 billion in Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds that were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would be released.  The funds may be used to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and assist low-income families become self-sufficient. Eligible entities may use the funds to provide services and activities addressing employment, education, housing, nutrition, and emergency services to combat the central causes of poverty. 

More information on the CSBG funds can be found at: 
http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/acf/csbg.html.

On April 9, HHS announced $2 billion in ARRA funding for child care and disease prevention through the Child Care and Development Fund.  These funds will allow states and localities to support child care services for working families.  The funds can be spent on a broad range of programs including child care centers and home-based programs.  $300 billion of the funds have been set aside to fund programs that will ensure that more underserved Americans receive the vaccines they need.   Done in large part by funding the purchase of vaccines, the program will help ensure that individuals have access to vaccines even if they cannot afford them.

More information on the child care program can be found at: 
http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/acf/childcare.html.

More information on the vaccine program can be found at: 
http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/cdc/immunizationgrant.html.

If you still have any questions on this after visiting the websites, please call Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

      

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