A revised version of the SCSEP Data Validation Handbook is now available on BCT Partners’ SCSEP website. This revision of the Handbook mainly provides clarifications to some source documentation requirements. Details about the changes can be found on page 37.


As always, grantees have six months from the date on which the sample was made available to complete the validation process; this year’s deadline is July 23, 2013.


If grantees have any policy related questions, they should contact their FPO and cc Bennett Pudlin at bpudlin@charteroakgroup.com.  For technical questions regarding the functionality in SPARQ, please contact BCT Partners at help@scsep-help.com or (877) 404-0688.


We want your feedback!

The Older Worker Community of Practice has a new feature. From now on, when you visit a resource page, you'll see the question "Was this resource useful to you?" in the top right corner. You can quickly indicate yes by clicking on the up arrow, or no by clicking on the down arrow. Knowing which resources you find most helpful will allow us to serve you better.

The Center for American Progress recently released a new issue brief that details new facts and figures on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for workers with disabilities. Almost one out of every six working-age Americans has a disability, and SSI and SSDI provide lifelines so they can live independently. View the new brief from the Center for American Progress.

The Labor Market Information WIN-WIN Network Community of Practice has issued two important new products to help you enhance services and bolster performance in employment, training, and education programs. 


An April 24, 2013 Webinar on Using Labor Market Information in Service Delivery (addressed to farmworker jobs program staff, but applicable to everyone!) presented information interested in identifying growing jobs and how much they pay, and understanding what education and training is necessary to qualify for them. 


Another new resource systematically reviews Data and Job Ads Available in Multi-Purpose E-Tools, describing which E-Tools include current job openings, employment projections, wage info, employment and unemployment data, education and training prerequisites, and much more.


These resources may be useful to you in deciding what training activities best help participants to achieve employment.

President John F. Kennedy first designated May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month after a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month, and declared it a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events, and public recognition.


Here are some facts from the U.S. Census Bureau about seniors’ place American society:


41.4 million people in the U.S. are 65 and older, accounting for 13.3% of the population.


92.0 million people in the U.S. are projected to be 65 and older in 2060. Of this number, 18.2 million would be 85 or older.


16.2% of people 65 and older – or 6.5 million seniors – are in the labor force, up from 12.1% in 1990.


3.6 million people 65 and older are in poverty.


44.3% of seniors who are employed work full-time, year-round. The District of Columbia has the highest rate in the nation, at 62.2%.


For more information about Older Americans Month or to download posters and resources, visit www.olderamericansmonth.acl.gov.

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