Governor's Workforce Investment Board
State Capitol - Room 350
Minutes, July 8, 2002
Committee Members Present: Chair Leroy Bingham, Jerry
Driscoll, Gail Gray, Dennis Lerum
Committee Members Absent: Verdell Jackson, Wendy
Supporting Staff Present: Desiree Taggart, Emily
Guests: Sue Mohr, Connie Kinsey
Chair Leroy Bingham called the meeting to order at 10:50 am.
1. Roll Call - Roll call was taken and a quorum was
2. Review of Minutes - Minutes of the April 3, 2002
meeting were approved.
Gail Gray explained that Montana has earned a performance bonus
of over two million dollars. One of the criteria this was based on
was the number of job placements. The areas of concern were
retention and the wages earned. She said this was a joint effort by
DPHHS, DLI, and many private agencies.
3. Regulatory Committee Tasks
The committee reviewed their goals and tasks.
4. Review Public Funds document
Desiree Taggart explained that the document titled State of
Montana Workforce Development Programs for Individuals &
Programs for Business was designed to give an overview of all of
the programs in the state. She explained that this document is a
draft and invited the committee to make comments. The document is
more extensive and inclusive than previous documents.
Chair Leroy Bingham suggested that the full board might be
highly interested in seeing this document. Desiree explained
that this document would need to be updated yearly and as new
programs emerged. Leroy stated that the Section 166 programs
ram needs to be included. Jerry Driscoll added that the
Department of Transportation receives millions for job training and
should be included. Desiree concurred and said she would be
Dennis suggested that information on program outcomes might be
Leroy suggested that perhaps by informing the full board some
pressure could be applied to get programs to respond to Desiree's
request for information.
Jerry stated that in Apprenticeship & Training, Mark Maki is
the supervisor and that there is another $280,000 in a grant
program that Mark Maki runs as well.
The committee decided to present the document to the full board
at the July 16, 2002 meeting for further input. Dennis
suggested that the document might be valuable to committees in the
special legislative session.
Leroy requested iree to make this document available on the web
site when it is complete. Further we need to compile a list
of interested parties for this document which could include
educators, legislators and other important persons to receive the
final document. Leroy suggested that the Salish Kootenai and
Blackfeet TANF programs be added. The draft document will be
mailed to the full board. Arlene Parisot explained that Carl
Perkins should also be included in the adult and youth
sections. Dennis stated that it would be interesting to see a
breakdown of what the state and federal dollars put in. Desiree
will work to clarify some of the information. Will discuss who to
deliver the document to, how and when at the next committee
meeting. Leroy suggested that a link could be forged from the
Prevention web site at DPHHS to the document on the board site.
5. Review of Carl Perkins Plan
Arlene Parisot explained that the Executive Summary of the Carl
D. Perkins State Plane 2001-2004 outlines the program in Montana.
She added that the local applications funding is split 65%-35%.
When Perkins III was put in place the Office of Public Instruction
set aside $60,000 to hold some schools harmless and requested a
waiver for some secondary schools. The amount that is held out from
the 10% is held out for the states. A partnership is required
between educators and entities within the community. State
leadership funding is 45%-OCHE, 55%-OPI funded. One institutional
grant is in place currently. Arlene explained that the Office of
Public Instruction is working hard to gather comments regarding the
reauthorization. She added that three of Montana's tribes are also
running the program.
Lunch 11:45 - 12:30
Leroy briefed Gail Gray on what took place in her absence (she
was not present for the Review of Carl Perkins Plan presented by
Arlene. The committee voted to approve the Carl D. Perkins
report as presented by Arlene Parisot.
6. One Stop Position Paper
Desiree explained that the paper was designed to show the status
of the One Stop System in Montana. She explained that she sees
Montana as being very flexible in it's service delivery and that at
this point this is more of a fact paper than a position paper.
There are efforts underway through a State Agency Management Team
to coordinate services but the system includes many more
entities. Leroy commented that the two One Stops seem to have
gone in different directions. Dennis suggested that there is
information on hand and that staff gather the information for the
next meeting. He further stated that we should be looking at
principles not mandates Gail stated that she likes collocation
where possible. She explained that it is the larger areas that have
the hardest time collocating and that it is not realistic to expect
to have all services everywhere.
Leroy agreed with Dennis that they should be careful about being
restrictive and asked if there had been any thought about
increasing the number of One Stops in Montana.
Jerry explained that there are two issues:
- What is a One Stop?
- What does collocate mean?
Gail explained that she thinks that collocation is a trend.
Leroy added that promoting collocation is good but mandating it
may not be. He added that they should follow the spirit of the
board's goal by increasing the number of One Stops as defined by
the requirements that Lewistown and Butte comply to.
Dennis suggested that the committee do as follows:
- Get a sense about the services that are provided and what that
- Provide some guiding principles.
The committee asked staff to add a page on the tribal services
to the programs document chart of services. It was also decided to
work on defining collocation and itinerant services. Dennis
and Leroy agreed that they would like to have information on what
One Stops have done across the nation. Desiree will gather the
information and deliver it to the committee members for their
review prior to the next meeting. Gail reported that the
State Agency Management Team has had two meetings and signed an
interagency agreement. Some of the team's discussion has been
regarding collocation and how to better facilitate it.
The committee voted to pursue investigating current practices
and forming some guiding principles regarding One Stops.
7. 5-year Plan
Desiree explained that when the Workforce Investment Act started
there were two different options for how to complete a plan.
Montana chose to complete the minimum requirements. Desiree
suggested that the committee consider the following as they decide
on when/if to create a new plan:
- Will a unified planning process help with the guiding
- Is this something that we want to do or submit to the
Dennis suggested collecting more information. What benefits are
there? Is there any money involved, are there more services, what
would it require? Gail explained that with everything else
currently going on she does not think a unified plan would be a
good idea. Desiree will compile pros and cons for the next
8. Other Business
9. Call to the Public
10. Establish Next Meeting Date
The committee asked Desiree to send documents for their review
as they become available.
September 19, 2002
Full Board October 15, 2002
Chair Leroy Bingham adjourned the meeting at 1:45 pm.