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  • 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:

c. The manner in which DVOP specialists and LVER staff are integrated into the State’s employment service delivery system or American Job Center;

Current Narrative:

In order to initiate services through the One-Stop system, all veterans are registered in the IdahoWorks system (IDOL’s automated customer registration and job matching system). Because this job matching system relies heavily on the information supplied by customers, veteran registration files are routinely reviewed for completeness and for opportunities to update experience or newly acquired job skills. Those veteran customers with registration files needing additional information are contacted via e-mail, telephone, or mail and offered assistance in completing their registration record and are informed of available services and invited to contact the office for further assistance.

Intake forms listing significant barriers to employment (SBE) are handed to veterans at the intake desk. If an SBE is indicated the veteran is routed to see a DVOP. If no barrier is indicated the veteran is routed to see an ES staff person.

DVOPs attend ES and WIOA meetings on a regular basis and make appropriate referrals to WIOA. They also keep a list of job ready veterans that is available to all ES staff for appropriate job referrals.

Other partners are made aware of the services available from a DVOP through outreach. Partners are invited to visit local offices to see the services available directly.

IDOL has one strategically placed a regional LVER whose primary job is to conduct outreach, promote job developments with local employers, and market our services to those employers. The LVER is tasked with performing job development and employer outreach with the goal of facilitating employment opportunities for veteran job seekers. IDOL also has three consolidated positions which utilize part of their work hours to carry out the statutory duties of a LVER. The LVER and consolidated positions work with other organizations to jointly host events such as job search workshops and hiring events in local offices. They market veterans to employers using IDOL’s marketing materials.

They also periodically visit employers within their area of responsibility to explain the benefits of using IDOL services and to remind them of the benefits of hiring veterans as well as the availability of a job-ready pool of highly trained veterans. They attend quarterly employer committee meetings held by various AJCs throughout the state to promote the hiring of available veterans. Idaho strives to gain an intimate knowledge of employer practices and review the services available to them from the Department.

They work closely with our ES staff to promote the hiring of veterans to private and public employers. During these outreach visits, they inform the employer about the services that IDOL provides, including DVOP services. ES staff also create employer awareness of this program and the duties of both the DVOP specialist and LVER. This joint effort opens the door to the LVER to work with these employers to create potential veteran job development opportunities.

The state agency then e-mails, or hand delivers veteran/employer information packets to employers. The intended result is to share with the employer community the benefits of hiring veterans and to encourage employers to announce their job openings through IDOL, where veterans have priority to apply for the jobs for which they qualify. The consolidated position performs both the LVER and DVOP duties as described above.