USDOL issues funding report for American Samoa
American Samoa received more than $1.1 million in federal training grants in Program Year (PY) 2012 under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) from the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the USDOL’s briefing report on American Samoa.
The report - submitted to the federal Interagency Group on Insular Areas and includes the other territories - states that American Samoa receives WIA funds to operate employment and training programs and activities for Adults, Dislocated Workers and Youth.
Additionally SCSEP funds provided subsidized, part-time community work based training for low income individuals age 55 or older.
In PY 2012, American Samoa was awarded $109,218 in WIA-Adults funds and $1,008,565 in SCSEP money. Also cited in the briefing is that American Samoa was awarded $25.35 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds for PY 2010-2013.
The NEG funds help individuals who were displaced by the 2009 tsunami with job creation and workforce development activities.
“Through resource mapping, the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) has identified the goals and objectives of all workforce initiatives in the Territory, the amount of funding budgeted to implement each initiative, and the numbers and types of clientele served by overlapping programs,” the report says.
“Through this identification process, the SWIB has prioritized programs and is working to coordinate programs with similar objectives and shared clientele, in order to minimize duplication of efforts,” it says.
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