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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
17.700 Women's Bureau

FEDERAL AGENCY:

WOMEN'S BUREAU, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

AUTHORIZATION:

Public Law 66-259; 29 U.S.C. 11-16.
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To provide input in the development of policies and programs affecting the employment of women; to expand training and employment opportunities for women and promote their entry into better paying jobs, especially in high technology and nontraditional occupations; to establish linkage with national and community organizations, business and industry, trade unions, research foundations, academic and Federal, State, and local government agencies for cooperative projects that address the employment and supportive service needs of women; and to develop publications and disseminate information on women's economic status, employment rights, and job options.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Advisory Services and Counseling.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Technical information, including program models and advisory services that aid in the development of training and employment programs serving women; in the establishment of support systems such as work/family support systems; and in planning and developing career opportunities.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Any individual or group located in the United States or its territories.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Individuals (particularly women) and groups.

Credentials/Documentation:   None.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Requests for information or advice may be made to the appropriate Department of Labor, Women's Bureau regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, or to the Headquarters Office listed under the Information Contacts section of this program.

Award Procedure:   Not applicable.

Deadlines:   None.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Not applicable.

Appeals:   Not applicable.

Renewals:   Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Not applicable.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Not applicable.

Audits:   Not applicable.

Records:   Not applicable.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   16-0165-0-1-505.

Obligations:   (Salaries and Expenses) FY 01 $10,186,000; FY 02 est $9,973,000; and FY 03 est $8,369,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Not applicable. The Women's Bureau does not provide financial assistance to individuals.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
During Fiscal Year 2001, the Women's Bureau conducted and co-sponsored several major projects in the areas of child care, elder care, and welfare-to-work. The following are examples of the Bureau's accomplishments: The Women's Bureau completed phase one of its child care provider training pilot projects to train individuals transitioning off welfare as certified child care providers and guarantee successful graduates permanent jobs with advancement opportunities and benefits. The Women's Bureau began a three-month pilot project entitled Girls' E-Mentoring in Science, Engineering and Technology (GEM-SET) project designed to provide an avenue for girls to interact with women in science, engineering, and technology through e- mail as a group. Additionally, the Women's Bureau, through partnership with the Employment and Training Administration, began a one stop career initiative to develop and implement a technical assistance program to provide local women's community based and faith-based organizations with the grant writing and system information tools they need to become partners with the local system. The Women's Bureau implemented a project to help women achieve competency in technology through the development and management of an accessible, interactive community-based technology center that provides information dissemination, instruction and consulting functions in order to provide technological information to under-served communities, with a special emphasis on women. Also, the Women's Bureau implemented a pilot project to recruit over 150 employers, educators, workers and community-based organizations to share technological information through a centralized website and in 10 monthly conference calls. The project is expected to increase the number of girls and women who participate in technology related training and education programs. WORK AND FAMILY - Through its clearinghouse -- the National Resource and Information Center (NRIC)--and the Internet, employees, employers, and interested constituents were able to access program, publication and resource information on specific topics such as dependent care, alternative work schedules, flexible benefit plans, and worker's rights. SINGLE HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS AND DISPLACED HOMEMAKERS-- The Bureau continued efforts in support of customized training and technical assistance for strengthening services provided to displaced homemakers and other women experiencing workplace transition. INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM -- Through cooperative efforts between the State Department and the Labor Department's Bureau of International Labor Affairs, the Women's Bureau worked closely with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Advisory Group on Gender Integration; the Organization of American States' Commission of Women (OAS/CIM); and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

The Women's Bureau produced a new publication on trafficking in persons, in cooperation with the Departments of State, Justice, and Health and Human Services; and updated the Work Related Childcare Statistics fact sheet.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   Contact the nearest Department of Labor, Women's Bureau regional office in Appendix IV of the Catalog listed under the Office of the Secretary.

Headquarters Office:   Women's Bureau 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Room S3002, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Phone: (202) 693-6710.

Web Site Address:  
http://www.dol.gov/wb/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Not applicable.

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