- Jobs for Veterans’ State Grants
(OMB Control Number: 1225-0086)
The Jobs for Veterans’ State Grants (JVSG) are mandatory, formula-based staffing grants to States (including DC, PR, VI and Guam). The JVSG is funded annually in accordance with a funding formula defined in the statute (38 U.S.C. 4102A (c) (2) (B) and regulation and operates on a fiscal year (not program year) basis, however, performance metrics are collected and reported quarterly on a Program Year basis (as with the ETA-9002 Series). Currently, VETS JVSG operates on a multi-year grant approval cycle modified and funded annually.
In accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 4102A(b)(5) and § 4102A(c), the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training (ASVET) makes grant funds available for use in each State to support Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVER) staff. As a condition to receive funding, 38 U.S.C. § 4102A(c)(2) requires States to submit an application for a grant that contains a State Plan narrative, which includes:
a. How the State intends to provide employment, training and job placement services to veterans and eligible persons under the JVSG;
Idaho covers a large geographic area with limited funding making it unfeasible to station a DVOP in every local office. In order to improve employment outcomes for veterans, the IDOL strategically stations our DVOPs and LVER throughout the state. In 2019, the agency reorganized its service delivery model. Seven offices located throughout the state in Post Falls, Lewiston, Caldwell, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls serve as central coordinators for all department veterans’ services activity within their geographic regions. DVOP staff are primarily assigned to local offices with the highest numbers of registered veterans. DVOP staffing also considers whether an area has a large educational institution that can translate to large numbers of Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) participants.
IDOL employs one full-time regional Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) who works in the largest labor market area in the state: Boise/Meridian/Nampa. There is also a full time DVOP presence in both the Boise and Caldwell offices and a consolidated DVOP/LVER position in Boise, Pocatello and Post Falls. In rural areas of the state where fewer veterans reside, IDOL assigns DVOPs on a half-time basis. Idaho has three individuals who devote half of their time (20 hours/week) performing DVOP functions and the other half (20 hours/week) performing Employment Services (ES) or Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) duties. In an effort to ensure that all veterans have access to our most knowledgeable resource, a DVOP conducts monthly outreach to rural areas of the state where there are no permanently stationed DVOPs to provide individualized career services to veterans with significant barriers to employment (SBEs).
Our DVOPs work closely with the state’s Employment Services (ES) staff. The ES staff are trained to work with employers and to provide job developments, and recruit veterans for employment. Our DVOP staff also maintain a list of job ready veterans for our LVER and consolidated staff to use during employer visits. The LVER and consolidated staff review the veteran’s resume and case management file to ensure appropriate referrals are made to employers.
Front desk staff are instructed to ask the veteran or veteran’s spouse to complete an intake form to determine eligibility for DVOP services or if a referral to an ES consultant is appropriate.
A veteran who enters an American Job Center with a half-time DVOP Specialist receives the same services as a veteran who enters one of the state’s Comprehensive American Job Centers with full-time grant-funded staff. If a veteran needs more than core services from one of the AJC offices without an assigned DVOP, they are assessed by staff to determine if a referral to the nearest DVOP is appropriate. An appointment is then made during the DVOP’s next rural office visit where the veteran will receive all the services available in the larger offices.
The state’s shared internal website for all department staff includes enhancements that allow AJCs without a DVOP to provide the same information available in offices with veterans’ staff. This tool is available to all DVOPs as well as managers and other ES staff who serve veterans. All training documents are uploaded to the internal website for all AJC staff to view.