OVAE Connection -- November 23, 2011
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National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Meets With OVAE Staff

Thirteen individuals representing the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security met with senior leadership and staff from OVAE on Nov. 10 to discuss the organization's work. Its mission is to build and support career development programs and systems that ensure seamless transitions along career pathways by linking and integrating secondary and postsecondary education, professional certification, and organizations recruitment, employment, training and retention systems in the four careers that comprise the career cluster represented by the partnership. The members provided answers to questions posed by OVAE, which covered several broad concerns of mutual interest. OVAE deputy assistant secretaries Frank Chong and Johan Uvin briefed the partnership on OVAE’s thinking about the future direction of career and technical education (CTE) based on 30 CTE community conversations around the country. These included initial considerations about the future reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, most recently reauthorized in 2006. A productive, wide-ranging discussion of matters of mutual interest ensued.

New Procurement Opportunity

OVAE intends to award a fixed-price contract to an institution of higher education, a public or private nonprofit organization or agency, or a consortium of such institutions, organizations or agencies to establish a new national research center for career and technical education. Section 114(d) (4)(5) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) authorizes the secretary of education to establish a center to carry out scientifically based research and evaluation, and to conduct dissemination and training activities consistent with the purpose of the act. The first research center for vocational education, now known as Career and Technical Education (CTE), was authorized and reauthorized by the Perkins acts of 1984, 1990, 1998, and 2006, and administered by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. This center serves as the hub of the nation’s research, development, and dissemination in CTE. The work of the new center will build upon that of the previous Department-funded CTE research and dissemination centers, focusing on projects that answer critical questions about the effectiveness of CTE policies and program strategies. OVAE is conducting market research to identify potential offerors, clarify requirements, and remove barriers to maximize competition. Interested parties are invited to participate in a webinar on Dec. 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. ET, when OVAE will share its vision and goals for the procurement. A draft Performance-Work Statement, Invitation to Submit Capability, and instructions for viewing the webinar are available on the Federal Business Opportunities website, To view the materials, click on the word “Opportunities” on the top navigation bar and then search for solicitation ED-VAE-12-R-0003. Please RSVP for the webinar to

U.S. Department of Labor Searches for Deputy Administrator

The Office of Apprenticeship at the National Office of the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) seeks a deputy administrator to:  manage and direct the work of the office; serve as a spokesperson and focal point for workforce development system activities and issues; bring together staff resources to facilitate the exchange of information; and coordinate the resolution of issues, and implementation of action plans. The application period ends Dec. 2, 2011. For details go to

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