- 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:
b. The duties assigned to DVOP specialists and LVER staff by the State; specifically implementing DVOP and LVER duties or roles and responsibilities as outlined in 38 U.S.C. § 4103A and 4104. These duties must be consistent with current guidance;
Duties of the DVOP
DVOP staff provide the full array of workforce services to veterans with significant barriers to employment (SBEs) and eligible persons with their primary focus on providing individualized career services to those veterans indicated in the most current guidance. DVOP staff utilize the case management approach to serve veterans with barriers to employment and with special workforce needs. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Outreach to locate veterans in need of individualized career services; Assessment, including a documented plan of service (Individual Employment Plan (IEP));
- Counseling/group counseling and career/vocational guidance;
- Referral of veterans to supportive or remedial services;
- Promoting VR&E and WIOA services to eligible veterans and other eligible persons;
- Referral of veterans to job focused and outcome-driven training, certification;
- Job development services;
- Development of VA funded Special Incentive and On-the-Job-Training for V&RE participants; and
- Referral of veterans to employment opportunities.
Many of the state’s AJC managers have attended NVTI training and are keenly aware of the role of the DVOP specialist. They promote priority of service for covered persons, through training and facilitation, in all federally funded programs, primarily Wagner-Peyser and WIOA. All office staff are familiar with the full array of veteran services and are instructed to provide priority of service to qualified covered persons.
All local offices train non-grant-funded staff to refer to the department’s internal website to provide basic veterans information. The IDOL website also has a veterans’ link specifically to help the self-service veteran navigate through the job search functions as well as the services available to them.
Non-grant-funded AJC staff are trained to triage customers and screen for veteran status as they arrive. Staff assess for career services such as job referral, resume assistance, job search guidance, the need for layoff assistance or more intensive WIOA services. If the assessment indicates a need for more than just core services and the veteran is eligible to meet with a DVOP, they are referred to the DVOP. The DVOP informs the veteran of all the available services and determines if enrollment in WIOA is beneficial and appropriate. The DVOP concentrates his or her efforts on serving those veterans who have special employment and training needs by focusing on the facilitation of individualized career services through case management.
Duties of the LVER
The Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) according to the most current guidance must perform only the duties outlined in 38 USC 4104 (b), which states, “the LVER’s principle duties are to:
(1) conduct outreach to employers in the area to assist veterans in gaining employment, including conducting seminars for employers and, in conjunction with employers, conducting job search workshops and establishing job search groups; and
(2) facilitate employment, training and placement services furnished to veterans in a State under the applicable State employment service delivery systems.
Therefore, the LVER is assigned duties that promote to employers, employer associations, and business groups the advantages of hiring veterans. When employer outreach is primarily accomplished by a “business services team” or like entity, the LVER must be included as an active member of that team. The LVER advocates for all veterans served by the AJC with business, industry, and other community-based organizations by participating in appropriate activities such as:
- Planning and participating in job and career fairs;
- Conducting employer outreach;
- In conjunction with employers, conducting job searches and workshops, and establishing job search groups;
- Coordinating with unions, apprenticeship programs and businesses or business organizations to promote and secure employment and training programs for veterans;
- Informing federal contractors of the process to recruit qualified veterans;
- Promoting credentialing and licensing opportunities for veterans; and
- Coordinating and participating with other business outreach efforts.
Duties of the consolidated position:
The consolidated position will have the same role and responsibilities as the DVOP and LVER listed above. The only difference will be the time spent in each position. It will vary but be approximately 20 hours performing DVOP duties and 20 hours performing LVER duties each week.