Notice of Development of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's Five-Year Research and Evaluation Strategic Plan for 2010-2015; Request for Public Comment
Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 209 (Friday, October 28, 2011)
[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 209 (Friday, October 28, 2011)]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-27905]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Notice of Development of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment
and Training Administration's Five-Year Research and Evaluation
Strategic Plan for 2010-2015; Request for Public Comment
AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given on the development of the U.S.
Department of Labor (Department), Employment and Training
Administration's (ETA) Five-Year Research and Evaluation Strategic Plan
for 2010-2015, hereafter referred to as the ``Research Plan.'' The
Research Plan is required under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of
1998 (29 U.S.C. 2916(a)). The Research Plan sets a research agenda by
identifying high priority topics for potential pilot, demonstration,
multiservice, multistate, research, and evaluation efforts that should
be examined over the next five years. The draft Research Plan was based
on a consultation process of internal and external stakeholders. This
request for public comment is another opportunity for ETA to receive
additional stakeholder feedback as part of its process in finalizing
the Research Plan and transmitting it to Congress.
To download a copy of the full draft report as a PDF, visit the ETA
Research Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/reports/fiveyear_researchplan.cfm.
DATES: Submit comments on or before November 14, 2011.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and/or suggestions by any one of the
Regulations.gov Federal Portal http://www.regulations.gov,
identified by Docket ID Number ETA-2011-0003. Follow the Web site
instructions for submitting comments.
Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier: Please submit all written
comments (including disk and CD-ROM submissions) to DOL/ETA, Office of
Policy Development and Research, Attn: ETA Research Plan, 200
Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-5641, Washington, DC 20210. Be advised
that mail delivery in the Washington, DC area may be delayed due to
security concerns. Hand-delivered comments will be received at the
above address. All overnight mail will be considered to be hand-
delivered and must be received at the designated place by the date
Facsimile: Please fax comments to (202) 693-2766 attention
to ``ETA Research Plan.''
Email: Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with
subject line ``ETA Research Plan.''
Please submit your comments by only one method. The Department will
not review comments received by means other than those listed above or
that are received after the comment period has closed. The Department
will post all comments received on http://www.regulations.gov without
making any change to the comments, including any personal information
provided. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is a Federal portal,
and all comments posted there are available and accessible to the
public. The Department cautions commenters not to include their
personal information such as Social Security Numbers, personal
addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses in their comments as
such submitted information will become viewable by the public on the
http://www.regulations.gov Web site. It is the commenter's
responsibility to safeguard his or her information. Comments submitted
through http://www.regulations.gov will not include the commenter's
email address unless the commenter chooses to include that information
as part of his or her comment. Postal delivery in Washington, DC may be
delayed due to security concerns. Therefore, the Department encourages
the public to submit comments through the http://www.regulations.gov
Web site. For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments received, go to the Regulations.gov Federal portal at http://www.regulations.gov and enter Docket ID: ETA-2011-0003 in the search
field. The Department will also make all the comments it receives
available for public inspection during normal business hours at the ETA
Office of Policy Development and Research at the above address.
If you need assistance to review the comments, the Department will
provide you with appropriate aids such as readers or print magnifiers.
The Department will make copies of the notice available, upon request,
in large print and as an electronic file on computer disk. The
Department will consider providing the notice in other formats upon
request. To schedule an appointment to review the comments and/or
obtain the draft research plan in an alternate format, contact the
Office of Policy Development and Research at (202) 693-3700 (VOICE)
(this is not a toll-free number) or 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet Javar, Employment and Training
Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research, Room N-5641,
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202)
693-3677 (this is not a toll-free number); fax: (202) 693-2766; email:
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under Section 171 of WIA, the Secretary of
Labor is required to submit, every two years, a plan that describes
priorities for pilot, demonstration, multiservice, multistate, and
research projects. The Research Plan provides ETA with an extensive
literature review of prior research, a summary of current research, and
an identification of research topics related to workforce development
programs and policies that should be taken into consideration over the
next five years, from 2010-2015. In addition to ETA-funded studies,
this Research Plan includes a number of studies and research efforts
funded by other public and private organizations, such as state and
local agencies, other Federal agencies, foundations and other non-
profits, universities, and other stakeholders, to gain a better
understanding of the gaps in employment and training research in order
to identify high priority topics for research.
The Research Plan is composed of five chapters:
Chapter I introduces the role of the plan in informing the
decision-making process for carrying out research and evaluation.
Chapter II identifies significant recently completed
research and evaluation projects conducted in the years from 2005-2010.
Chapter III identifies current and ongoing research and
Chapter IV recommends five high priority topic areas for
Chapter V summarizes the role of the plan.
In the development of the Research Plan, WIA calls for the
consultation of interested parties to address national employment and
training problems. With support from ETA, an extensive effort was made
by the John J. Heldrich Center of Rutgers University to engage both
internal and external stakeholders in the process of identifying
research gaps and high priority topics for the public workforce system.
The Heldrich Center produced a paper summarizing the findings from
these efforts entitled Identifying Gaps and Setting Priorities for
Employment and Training Research. This paper was a critical source for
the Research Plan, and information from the paper was adopted as core
parts of Chapters II, III, IV, and the appendices in the Research Plan.
ETA is also accepting comments about the Research Plan in response to
this notice. ETA will use this additional feedback to finalize the
Research Plan before ultimately transmitting the plan to Congress.
Signed at Washington, DC, this 17th day of October, 2011.
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.
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