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Complaint Isnít Deterring Retailerís Grantmaking

The movement of Walmart Stores into major urban markets may mean millions of dollars for nutrition, job training and veteran efforts in these communities, but its method of delivery for these funds through a tax-exempt foundation is under scrutiny

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Senate Committee Considers Student Aid Changes

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently held a hearing on college affordability for low-income students. At the hearing, witnesses urged the committee to improve student aid programs as it works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (PL 110-315).

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Emergency Housing Comments Sought

The Housing and Urban Development Dept. reopens the comment period for the interim rule guiding its Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) Program (CFDA Number: 14.231) through a Federal Register notice. The agency hopes the new comment period will help it devise a final rule to guide the funding program.

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Witnesses Tout Higher Ed-Community Partnerships

A House Workforce and Education Committee subcommittee recently held a hearing on improving higher education access and completion for low-income and first-generation students. At the hearing, witnesses urged the committee to better support and nurture partnerships between colleges and universities and community organizations as it works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (PL 110-315).

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USDA Programs to Reserve 10% in Funding

The Rural Development Service (USDA) offers an interim rule that will reserve up to 10% of its appropriated funds each fiscal year for certain grant programs that support the implementation of strategic economic and community development activities across multi-jurisdictional areas.

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Subscribers Can Get Involved in ĎBoardí Development

Mayors and county board officials are now in the process of forming new local workforce boards to comply with the recently passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA; PL 113-128). These influential boards will direct federal funding decisions at the local level and will include an array of member organizations.

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Agencies Join Forces on New Economic Development Programs

The Economic Development Admin. (Commerce Dept.), Employment and Training Admin. (DOL), Small Business Admin., and Appalachian Regional Commission release a solicitation to award $35.5 million through the new Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative. The new interagency effort assists communities and workers negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.

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Agencies Moving Forward on Law Implementation

Comments on the proposed regulations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (PL 113-128) arenít due until June 15, but the Employment and Training Admin. (DOL) and Education Dept. arenít waiting around to implements its provisions. WIOA is the reauthorized Workforce Investment Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last summer.

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Potential Applicants to Complete Registration by May 18

The program has been around since 1992, but three previous evaluations haven't produced quality results on the program's success. MDRC conducted the evaluations.

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Agencies Working Together on WIOA Implementation

The Labor and Education Depts. release proposed regulations to guide funding federal programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (PL 113-128).

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