December Newsletter 12, 2009 Volume 1, Issue 7

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12, 2009 Volume 1, Issue 7

The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc.  |  www.weatherizationplus.org

Top Story

Coming Soon! Revised Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations for WAP

The Department of Labor (DOL) has revised the WAP Wage Determinations (WDs) for every state so that all areas are correct, and decisions made about appeals are included. This clean-up addresses several of the problems with the WDs issued in September. Most areas’ wages, however, remain unchanged. In addition to addressing appeals and fixing errors, the new WDs include instructions on how to address electricians and plumbers in the wage tables.

The new wage rates will be posted NEXT WEEK (Dec 21 or later) at the sites of both DOL and DOE. Review these revised WDs to prepare for any changes that impact your program, but do not make changes yet.

HOW THESE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED: Local Agencies are not allowed to use the modified WDs until the DOE Contracting Officer has amended your State’s grant to incorporate the modified WD and the State has subsequently amended its sub-awards to the local agencies. Until that time, the current WD rates must remain in effect.Roblox Hack Free RobuxRoblox Hack Free Robux

The DOE Contracting Officer (CO) will begin amending all 51 grantee awards to include the revised WDs the week of January 4, 2010. It is expected that the time necessary to flow-down these amendments to the local level of the Program will be approximately four weeks.

The DOE CO will establish an effective date in the future, probably no more than four weeks, for the amended grants; that is the date by which time all contracts and subcontracts must be amended to include the revised WDs to take effect. However, States that prefer to amend their contracts and subcontracts prior to the date established by the CO and begin implementation earlier may do so.

TRAINING WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON: DOE will host a web training in late January on all aspects of the WDs. The training will be posted on the WAP Recovery Act web page for those unable to attend the live session.

OTHER IMPORTANT FACTS:

  • The WDs are not retroactive.
  • Any change(s) in actual wage rates that may occur for individual counties as a result of these revised WDs will be effective at the beginning of the next available weekly certified payroll after the contract is signed.
  • The incorporation of these revised WDs must not hold up the production of ARRA-funded homes.

 

Opportunity:

Two-Year Competitive Grants to Develop W.A.P. Training Programs and/or Training Centers

Approximately $30 million of the DOE directed Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) is offered in a competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop training centers and/or training programs. Applications are due January 21, 2010.

DOE anticipates approximately 30 awards for the two year project period. A local cost share from non-federal sources must be at least 20% of the total their explanation. DOE aims to promote new centers and programs that are sustainable after ARRA and innovative. Projects will have to include collaborations with related energy efficiency/”green “ workforce training programs.

The Project Plan should include the following and more:

  • Reasons why a new or expanded effort is needed;
  • The training curricula/activities planned and how they aligns with the WAP
  • The proposed training program or Center’s organizational structure, equipment, offerings, project plan, partnerships, credentialing plan, and expected impact.

CLICK HERE to see the entire solicitation.

To respond CLICK HERE and search for it by date (12/9/2009) or keyword "training."


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In This Issue:

» Revised Davis-Bacon WDs
» DOE RFP: WAP Training
» ‘Energy Empowers’ Blog
 

DOE’s ENERGY EMPOWERS Blog

DOE launched the "Energy Empowers" blog in October to highlight success stories in the new energy economy. Weatherizers and the communities they serve are featured prominently in many of the posts.

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