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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   [10/28/2011]
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Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 209 (Friday, October 28, 2011)
[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 209 (Friday, October 28, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 66996-66997]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-27905]


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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.

ACTION: Notice.

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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.

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ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and/or suggestions by any one of the 
following methods:
     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 
specified above.
     Facsimile: Please fax comments to (202) 693-2766 attention 
to ``ETA Research Plan.''
     Email: Please send comments to eta.research@dol.gov 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: 
javar.janet@dol.gov.

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 
evaluation efforts.
     Chapter IV recommends five high priority topic areas for 
research.
     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.
Jane Oates,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.
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