GUAM TO FARE BETTER UNDER THE NEW WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

News Release February 23, 2000

THAN THE OLD JOB TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ACT

Congressman Robert A. Underwood today said Guam will get more federal funds for job training under the new Workforce Investment Act, which replaces the old Job Training Partnership Act.

Guam’s WIA allotment for Fiscal Year 2000 will total more than $2.53 million. Of this, $435,836 is for Adult Training programs, $759,113 for Dislocated Worker programs, and $1,317,552 is for Youth activities.

"But this might not have been the case, had not the Guam Department of Labor and AHRD (the Agency for Human Resources Development) not brought it to our attention and had we not worked closely with the U.S. Department of Labor," Congressman Underwood said, adding that there were significant concerns over intended cuts in the allotment percentages for the territories and over competitive grant language that would have had the territories competing against the Freely Associated States for grant funding.

"As it turned out, DOL had the administrative flexibility to maintain the percentage share for each territory while maintaining the competitive grant provision of the Act," the Congressman said. At the Congressman’s suggestion, the competitive grant fund was made smaller and the percentages to the territories were held at the mandated levels.

"In maintaining the percentages, we averted a funding disaster and Guam and the other insular territories fared better than last year," the Congressman said. In Fiscal Year 1999, Guam received $871,121 under JTPA’s Summer Youth/Youth Training program, $475,405 for Adult Training, and $561,225 for Displaced Workers. For FY00 under the Workforce Investment Act, Guam’s only loss was under the Adult Training program, down $21,569 from last year.

For additional information: E-mail: guamtodc@mail.house.gov 

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