Archives for Workforce & Government

Why the Current Workforce System is Not Suited to Help Medicaid Beneficiaries Meet Work Requirements

(A Center for Law and Social Policy October 31, 2018 Newsletter Reprint) For the first time in the 53-year history of Medicaid, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance in January saying it would consider state proposals to take health coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements. Since then, over a dozen states have requested such waivers from CMS, with Arkansas the first to implement. However, the January guidance made clear that CMS would not allow states to use Medicaid funds for the costs of providing job training or related services to Medicaid recipients. Many states have therefore
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KRA Selected to Support Office of Family Assistance TANF Webinar

On August 22, 2018, from 1:00 -2:30pm (ET), Anthony Featherstone, KRA Director of Workforce Operations, and Sylvelt Walker, KRA Education & Business Services Manager, DC TANF Employment Program, will serve as panelists for the OFA Peer TA Webinar on Developing Stable Employer Partnerships. Recognizing that strong partnerships between TANF programs and employers can lead to better long-term employment outcomes for participants, the Webinar will stress that through partnering with employers, TANF programs gain direct access to information about potential and existing job openings, current occupational and skill needs, and anticipated changes within the organization that may impact jobs. Featherstone and
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Congress Passes Perkins CTE Act Reauthorization

A reprint from the USCM Workforce Development Council July 30 Washington Update newsletter. On Wednesday, July 25, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) passed the House, two days after being approved by the Senate.  The legislation reauthorizes and revamps the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and is the first overhaul of the legislation in more than a decade. The Senate adopted a substitute amendment from Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (TN) to limit the Department of Education’s role in how the federal government doles out funding. The
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Supports National OSY Cohort Challenge – Launched in November 2017, by the Innovation and Opportunity Network Community of Practice, the OSY Cohort Challenge was “to unpack out-of-school youth (OSY) engagement and retention, and develop solutions that the field will want.” To achieve its goals, Cohort Teams examined and developed resources in three areas: Empowering Youth as Active Participants; Recruitment, Marketing, and Outreach Strategies; and Using Technology in Innovative Ways through Programming—led by Shawna Wright, KRA Director of Workforce Operations. Between February-May 2018, Team members—selected through an approved-application process—collaborated in sharing their challenges, presenting their own community models, and partnering with
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Loophole in Federal Law Allows Companies to Pay Disabled Workers $1 an Hour

Reprinted from VOX, May 4, 2018, by Alexia Fernández Campbell Rock River Valley Self Help Enterprises, an Illinois nonprofit, billed itself as a vocational training program for people with disabilities. But it essentially operated as a subcontractor for local factories, providing menial tasks to workers with developmental disabilities, such as scraping debris from metal casts. Last week, the Department of Labor took action against the company “after finding nearly 250 workers with disabilities were being exploited.” One of the ways they were being exploited? Self Help paid some workers with gift cards instead of money. The DOL’s announcement underscores the
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Federal Judge: Trump Administration Must Accept New DACA Applications

(Reprint from The Washington Post – April 25, 2018) A D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and — for the first time since announcing it would end — reopen it to new applicants. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday called the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “virtually unexplained” and therefore “unlawful.” However, he stayed his ruling for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security a chance to
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USDOL Announces $82.5 Million Grant Program for Incarceration-to-Workplace Transition

On March 14, part of Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018, by Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative and Wendy Sawyer, Senior Policy Analyst, read, “The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories. Every year, 626,000 people walk out of prison gates, but people go to jail 10.6 million times each year.” On April 4, not directly related…but definitely relevant…to
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Arkansas is Helping Adult Students Succeed

[October 18, 2017 CLASP Reprint] – Adult students are becoming the new majority in higher education.  But state appropriations and financial aid programs aren’t designed to support them.  As a result, these students experience income disparities and struggle with basic needs. In Arkansas, state higher education leaders are changing their approach to help adult students. The state’s Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) connects multiple systems to cover tuition and other expenses for low-income, educationally underprepared students. It uses federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families dollars and engages state agencies to ensure students can access child care, transportation, and other services. The program
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Trump’s Decision to End the DACA Program Is a Blow to Our Nation’s Values and Future This statement can be attributed to CLASP Executive Director Olivia Golden. Washington, DC, September 5, 2017—Today President Trump announced his decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. In so doing, he has chosen to uproot the lives of over 800,000 young people who have received two years of renewable work authorization and a temporary reprieve from deportation since the program’s inception in 2012. As a result, current recipients will eventually lose their DACA status and hundreds of
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KRA Workforce & Government News

The USDOL WorkforceGPS Newsletter is one of the most educational and informative venues KRA has found for staying up-to-date on the latest ETA/AJC Workforce System Strategies’ events, programs, and resources.  If you are looking for evidence-based research and emerging practices, Workforce System Strategies (WSS) is the place to start on WorkforceGPS. Through our own Workforce & Government Edition of Inside KRA Today, we are sharing the contents of the August edition with our business- and career-services customers, our clients, and our other valuable partners and stakeholders.   WSS Summertime Reads – With the end of summer fast approaching, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming school year; and in that spirit,
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