- 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:
g. 1. Job and job training individualized career services,
Standard DVOP case management practices will include:
1. Assisting Veteran-clients in development of job objectives and a resume.
2. Identifying significant barriers to employment.
3. Referring or assisting Veteran-clients to appropriate supportive services.
4. Determining a Veteran-client’s economic need.
5. Identifying training or educational goals.
6. Documenting contact with employers on behalf of individual clients.
7. Maintaining current contact information.
8. Documenting job referrals.
1. DVOPs will facilitate individualized services under a strategy of case management to Veterans with special employment and training needs due to an SBE, as defined by VPLs 03-14, 04-14, and 03-19. These services may include any combination of services listed below, but at a minimum, a comprehensive assessment of employability and a written individualized employment plan are required in a program of case management. All services are to be documented including assessments, career supportive services, referrals to job training, and referral of “Job Ready” clients to Career Center Business Service Representatives (BSRs) or LVERs.
2. DVOPs prioritize services to Veterans with SBEs who are economically or educationally disadvantaged; Veterans enrolled as clients of Vocational Rehabilitation administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans who are homeless; and other Veterans identified as need individualized assistance and case management as determined by the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training Services.
3. DVOPs provide case management to Veterans with significant obstacles and challenges to employment.
All Career Center staff will assist federal agencies to recruit Veterans, particularly disabled Veterans and Veterans described by the Veterans Employment Service for special emphasis under Title 38 U.S.C. Chapter 42 and the grant provisions, and 20 CFR part 1010 (Priority Service for Covered Persons; and special recruitment initiatives of Veterans by individual federal agencies). As provided for under Title 10 U.S.C., the Alabama Career Center system in the AJC network will provide assistance to military service members and eligible spouses in transition to civilian jobs and careers through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) at several military facilities in Alabama, and will provide individualized services to Veterans participating in vocational rehabilitation, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (US DVA), as provided under Title 38 U.S.C., Chapter 31. Alabama assigned the State Individualized Service Coordinators to work directly with Employment Coordinators at the US DVA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service to coordinate the referral of “Job Ready” Veterans enrolled in vocational rehabilitation service under Chapter 31 of Title 38 U.S.C. to the AJC for assistance in gaining suitable employment consistent with their vocational rehabilitation plans. Policy for the delivery of Priority of Service (POS) by the State, Local Workforce Investment Boards, and the Alabama Career Centers in the AJC network include the following measure:
The first point of contact for Veterans and Eligible Persons seeking services from Alabama’s Career Center System in the AJC network is a Wagner-Peyser grant funded representative. Those who access self-services through the internet will complete a universal application that includes features and questions designed to assist staff members in identifying them for POS and training at any point of entry into the Workforce Development system. Additionally, AJC locations will use signage, graphics, and displays to create awareness of the policy that requires Priority of Service for eligible Veterans and eligible spouses.
Referral to Training
DVOPs will work with homeless shelters, civic and community agencies, WIOA partners in the AJC network, vocational rehabilitation agencies, the AIDT program, and other training providers to locate Veterans in need of individualized employment services. Veterans having SBEs will be referred to DVOPs for individualized services. DVOPs could also be assigned to orientation sessions hosted by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) to assist potential VR&E clients to make good choices in their Chapter 31 occupational and career training.
Measuring Performance Outcomes
For comparison of performance to negotiated outcomes, state Individual Service Coordinators (ISC) will use automated reports prepared from the state automated system and the ETA-9173 reports from the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, AJC Managers will submit a Manager Quarterly Report on Services to Veterans in the format approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service. AJC Managers will also provide an assessment as to whether individualized services provided by DVOP specialists assigned to them are being correctly documented and effective.