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Native American Employment and Training
AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Investment Act of 1998, Title I, Subtitle D, Section 166; Public
Law 105-220; 112 Stat. 936; 29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.
support employment and training activities for Indian, Alaska Native,
and Native Hawaiian individuals in order: to develop more fully
the academic, occupational, and literacy skills of such individuals;
to make such individuals more competitive in the workforce; and
to promote the economic and social development of Indian, Alaska
Native, and Native Hawaiian communities in accordance with the goals
and values of such communities.
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
may be utilized for employment and training programs and services,
including classroom training, on the job training, training assistance,
work experience, youth employment programs, day care, health care,
job search, relocation, and transportation allowances designed to
assist eligible participants to obtain employment. There are specified
restrictions on the amount of grant funds which can be used for
Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian Tribal
Governments, bands or groups, Alaska Native villages or groups (as
defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 43 U.S.C. 1602(b)),
Hawaiian Native communities meeting the eligibility criteria, and
Native American Organizations (public bodies or private nonprofit
agencies) selected by the Secretary. Tribes, bands and groups may
also form consortia in order to qualify for designation as a grantee.
An independently eligible grantee shall be an Indian or Native American
entity which has: (1) A governing body as defined in 20 CFR 668.200(a);
(2) (for new grantees) an identifiable Native American resident
population sufficient to generate the funding level(s) outlined
at 20 CFR 668.200(a)(3) within its designated service area; and
(3) the capability to administer Indian and Native American employment
and training programs as outlined at 20 CFR 668.220. Detailed requirements
for consortium grantee applicants are set forth at 20 CFR 668.200(b).
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: American Indians (members of
Federally- recognized Indian tribes, bands, and groups); other
individuals of Native American descent, such as, but not limited
to, the Klamaths in Oregon, Micmac and Maliseet in Maine, the
Lumbees in North Carolina and South Carolina; Indians variously
described as terminated or landless, Eskimos and Aleuts in Alaska,
and Hawaiian Natives. ("Hawaiian Native" means an individual any
of whose ancestors were natives prior to 1778 of the area which
now comprises the State of Hawaii.) Applicants must also be economically
disadvantaged, or unemployed, or underemployed. A Native American
grantee may in some cases enroll participants who are not economically
disadvantaged, or unemployed, or underemployed in upgrading and
retraining programs. See 20 CFR 668.300(b)(4?5).
An entity which wants to be designated as a grantee must submit
a notification of intent to apply biennially. Consortium applicants
must include a formal consortium agreement with attachments specified
in 20 CFR 668.200. A Comprehensive Services Plan is to be submitted
by the designated grantees. It will include, among other things:
(1) A program narrative description; (2) a planning summary; and
(3) a brief budget summary.
Coordination: The standard application forms
(SF- 424) as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this
program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Procedure: After prospective grantees have
filed a notice of intent, and new applicants have additionally
provided the information cited in 20 CFR 668.240, designation
decisions are made. Subsequently, designated grantees must submit
a Comprehensive Services Plan to the Employment and Training Administration,
Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP), Department
of Labor. In addition, grantees must describe the administrative,
planning, and operational elements needed to implement a WIA section
166 program. Instructions for completing these documents are issued
annually by DINAP bulletin.
Procedure: Grants will be made directly to
eligible grantees by the Employment and Training Administration
of the Department of Labor.
Notices of intent to apply for a grant are due by October 1 of
every odd-numbered year. Designation decisions are made by March
1 of the following even-numbered year. Submission of the Comprehensive
Services Plan generally occurs in mid-March or April, after designated
grantees have been notified of their approximate allocation amount.
of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 30 to 90
Applicants will be notified of approval or disapproval of the
Comprehensive Annual Plan and if disapproved, given a reasonable
time to make adjustments and resubmit the Plan. Final disapproval
of an application or plan submitted by a designated grantee will
not be made without affording the grantee an opportunity for reconsideration.
Grant awards may be renewed annually, while designation as a grantee
applies for 2 years.
and Matching Requirements: This program has
no matching requirements. One hundred percent of WIA section 166
monies are distributed by formula, as follows: 25 percent allocated
on the basis of the relative number of unemployed Indians and other
Native Americans within the grantee's geographic service area compared
to the total number of unemployed Indians and other Native Americans
in the U.S. 75 percent of the funds are allocated on the basis of
the relative number of members of Indian and other Native American
households, whose income is at or below the poverty level, within
the grantee's geographic service area compared to the total number
of members of Indians and Native American households in poverty
in the U.S. This funding formula is codified at 20 CFR 668.296.
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Funds are
made available though annual program year grants. The program
year runs from July 1 to June 30. Funds obligated for any program
year may be expended by each recipient during the program year
and the two succeeding program years. Payment will be made by
advance Treasury check or electronic funds transfer through the
computerized Payment Management System.
Quarterly Financial Status Report, semi-annual and annual Program
(participation and characteristics) Report for both the Comprehensive
Services (i.e., an adult) and Supplemental Youth Services Programs.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (rev.
June 24, 1997) "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit
Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance
of $300,000 or more in Federal awards in a year will have a single
or program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal
entities which receive less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards
are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except
as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and
all other pertinent records shall normally be retained for a period
of 3 years after the grant is closed out. Participant records
shall be retained for 5 years. Records must be retained longer
in certain cases, such as when audit findings have not been resolved.
(Grants) Program operates on program year (PY) beginning July
1 and ending June 30. PY 01 $55,000,000; PY 02 est $57,000,000;
and PY 03 est $55,000,000.
and Average of Financial Assistance:
The range and average of financial assistance varies by year. Amounts are published annually in a Training Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) Grant awards range from $1,000 to $5,000,000. Funding is based on a formula which is based on the percentage of low-income and unemployed Native Americans living in a geographic service area requested by the applicant in the competitive proposal. Federally Recognized tribes are typically awarded funds based on their reservation area (land base) but may also apply for "off-reservation" areas.
Under WIA, the Native American Employment and Training Program continued
as a program year operation, as it had been under the Job Training
Partnership Act which WIA superseded. Some 21,700 participants were
served in program year 2000 and 22,200 in program year 2001, including
those participants served by grantees participating in the demonstration
under Public Law 102-477.
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Federal Register, Volume 65, No. 156, Friday, August 11, 2000, 20
CFR Parts 667 and 668 (20 CFR 652 et al.), Employment and Training
Administration, Department of Labor.
or Local Office: Not applicable.
200 Constitution Avenue,
NW, Room S-4209,
Washington, District of Columbia 20210
Phone: (972) 850-4637 Fax: (972) 850-4605
Web Site Address:
OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
All funded projects have in common the provision of a comprehensive
set of job training services. Examples of these services are training,
referral to employment, counseling, work experience, child care,
testing, job orientation, and follow up on terminated participants.
FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Selection criteria are described in the regulations and DINAP administrative
instructions issued biennially in the Solicitation for Grant Application
published in the Federal Register. In general, designation is based
on the regulatory requirements found at 20 CFR 668.210, 668.220,
and 668.230, concerning legal status, ability to administer Federal
funds, and prior experience and success in providing employment
and training services to the client population. In addition, the
other requirements for designation found at 20 CFR Part 668, Subpart
B, must also be met.