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United Methodist Church Offers Pastoral Care & Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Job Openings with FEMA
Help if You Want to Work While Disabled
Paid Positions for WTC Relief
Free Makeover For Women Returning To Work!
Paid Social Work Positions for WTC Relief
Free Money To Be A Freelancer
Spending By Major Agencies On Artists
How to Get Video Production and Voiceover Contracts From The Federal Government
How Freelance Writers and Editors Can Get Government Contracts
Free Local Help: The Best Place To Start To Sell To The Government
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What if I lost my job or can't work because of the disaster?
People who lose their jobs due to the disaster may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) which provides weekly benefits to individuals who are unemployed and not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance compensation. You can call 1-800-462-9029 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) or the local unemployment office for information.
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United Methodist Church Offers Pastoral Care & Assistance
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is offering pastoral care to traumatized survivors, rescue workers, news media staff, family members, and the thousands of neighbors who witnessed the tragedy and its ongoing aftermath. UMCOR will provide assistance for individuals who have lost their employment and/or housing due to the catastrophe. Other response plans include joining with national Arab-American organizations to encourage peace and cooperation throughout the United States, working with communities to generate projects that promote peacebuilding, and offering workshops on caring for children in the wake of trauma in communities across the country. Contact United methodist Committee on Relief at 800-841-1235; {gbgm-mc.org/UMCOR-Hotline/}.
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Disaster Unemployment Assistance
The New York State Department of Labor-Disaster Unemployment is providing benefits to any individual who is unemployed as a result of a major disaster. In general, people living or working in areas affected by a disaster are eligible for assistance if they are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits or other wage replacement payments. Weekly benefits range from $40 - $300 for up to 26 weeks. Contact Director, Unemployment Insurance Division, New York State Department of Labor, State Campus, Building 12
Albany, NY 12240; 518-457-2878.
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Job Openings with FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for temporary, intermittent Engineering positions at its Disaster Field Office in New York to perform design and development for repair projects. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in an appropriate engineering field and 5 + years' professional experience; ability to prepare designs, specifications to rebuild infrastructure; ability to modify approaches and adapt equipment; and knowledge of concepts of related engineering fields. To apply, please FAX an application or résumé attn. LLN. Applications/résumés MUST contain the following: Social Security Number; Citizenship, current and former job information, including employer's name and address, hours worked per week, starting and ending dates of employment and salary history. Contact FEMA at Fax Number: 920-323-2810.
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Help if You Want to Work While Disabled
The Social Security Administration publication No. 5-10095 is available at www.dinf.org/ssa/pubs/10095.htm. This publication explains how the SSA can help you return to work. This booklet provides information to help you treat your disability as a "bridge," not the end of the road. It also explains SSI's work incentives which include cash benefits; Medicare or Medicaid while you work; help with any extra work expenses you may have as a result of your disability and help with education, training and rehabilitation to start a new line of work. Eligibility requirements are also provided. Contact Social Security Administration, Office of Public Inquiries, 6401 Security Boulevard Room 4-C-5 Annex, Baltimore, MD 21235; 800-772-1213; {www.ssa.gov}.
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Paid Positions for WTC Relief
The Salvation Army seeks data entry clerks, eighteen years and older, with typing and computer skills to start immediately for assistance with World Trade Center Relief efforts. These are temporary, paid positions that are open until January 15, 2001. Contact Salvation Army, 120 West 14th Street, off-site, New York City, NY 10011; 212-337-7298; www.salvationarmy-newyork.org}.
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Free Makeover For Women Returning To Work!
StyleWORKS, based in Brooklyn, NY, offers free comprehensive grooming services to women returning to or entering the workforce. Some of the services include hair styling, make-up application, skincare analysis, waxing and facials, clothing, accessories, and image consulting. Contact StyleWORKS, 655 Fulton Street, #350, Brooklyn, NY 11217; 718-398-1264; Fax: 718-622-2470; {E-mail: malaak@styleworks.org}; {nancy@styleworks.org}; {helen@styleworks.org}; {www.styleworks.org}.

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Paid Social Work Positions for WTC Relief
The Salvation Army seeks licensed social workers with BA's to start immediately for assistance with World Trade Center Relief efforts. Positions are temporary and open until January 15, 2002. Contact Salvation Army, 120 West 14th Street, off-site, New York City, NY 10011; 212-337-7298; {www.salvationarmy-newyork.org}.
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Free Money To Be A Freelancer
The Joys of Freelancing: Starting a Business Without Money
More and more people are realizing that there are many benefits to freelancing. In fact, every day more data show that the demand for freelancing is growing. Some analysts estimate that 25% of the nation's workforce is now working on a freelance basis, which includes part time, temporary, and contractual workers(1). In the last five years, the number of temporary agencies that supply these kinds of workers increased from 3,500 to 7,000(2). Manpower, one of these temporary agencies, now employs more than General Motors or IBM. Other experts predict that less than 50% of the workforce will be in standard full time jobs by the year 2000(3). We've heard the terms in recent years: downsizing, rightsizing, restructuring, streamlining, reinventing, and now outsourcing. All this boils down to more and more companies becoming less and less interested in providing for the long term wellbeing of its employees. It's a trend that's likely to continue at an even greater pace. In 1994, corporations experienced record profits, but the number of jobs that were cut was equal to the number they eliminated at the height of the last recession. So, even in good times most corporations are not taking care of employees(4). Companies want to be lean and mean. They want to be flexible and don't want to take on the responsibility and financial burden of full time employees. This may be bad for employees, but it's great for the world of freelancing. And don't think of freelancing as losing benefits: think of it as an exchange of benefits. Your personal freedom and control over your life are worth more than your health and retirement benefits and the security of your job, all of which are disappearing fast anyway. The new status symbol of the 90's won't be doing your own thing, it will be controlling your own time.(5)
Here are some advantages to being a freelancer:
* You can be still looking for a full time job while you are pretending to look for freelancing or consulting work.
* You can give yourself a title while you are out of work, such as an independent consultant, freelance wordprocessor, etc.
* You can take more tax deductions around the home and at play, such as the part of your house and car you use for business. Even some of your meals and entertainment expenses may fall into this category.
* You can have more control over your hours, take vacations when you want, or only work certain days.
* It's ideal for a household member that is only interested in a part time job while staying at home with the kids. A freelance artist can easily work 20 hours a week at home and still be with the children.
And here are some advantages from the employer's eyes. You may even want to include some of these points in your sales letter:
* They don't have to commit to you forever, and then worry about firing you when they want to downsize.
* They don't have to pay you benefits, overhead, supplies, etc.
* They can show their bosses that they are getting more work done with less people because freelancers are not counted as employees, and are often paid from a different budget than that of full time employees.
* They can get a project done and not worry about keeping those people busy once the project is completed.
* They can get more value for their money by hiring more qualified people for a shorter period of time.
* They have less liability from the potential harmful effects of employee protection laws like Equal Employment Opportunity Laws.
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What Do You Need To Be A Freelancer?
The only thing you really need is a customer. And this is basically true for any business. If you have a customer or a client, you're in business. The tools that will make getting a customer easier are a phone, a desk, and business cards. And the next level of tools you will find helpful are a resume, a brochure, or samples of your work. If you think you need a lot of expensive equipment, you may want to rethink being a freelancer. The beauty of freelancing is that you can start a business without any money. All your money should be invested in getting business, not in equipment. Even if you think you need to buy a lot of equipment to do the work you want to do, for heaven's sake, don't go out and buy it. Nothing can put you out of business faster than having a lot of equipment around that is not being used because you don't have a lot of business. Rent the equipment only when you need it, or use someone else's equipment at night. Believe me, all your resources should be spent in getting customers. Once you have a steady flow of customers, then you should look into buying your own equipment. Sure it would be nice to have all the fancy equipment you need, right in your house, but in the beginning that can be a ticket to failure. The most important part of being a successful freelancer is staying in business long enough to reap the rewards of all the seeding that you are planting in your "garden of opportunity." What you plant today will come back to you next year, and what you plant next year will come back to you the year after. The trick is to be around a few years from now so that you can enjoy the benefits of what you planted today. Buying all the equipment you need will just run you out of money faster, so that you will have less of a chance of being around and in business next year. It's a game of beat the clock. You have to figure out how to get all the customers you need before you run out of money.
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How To Get Free Legal, Marketing, and Tax Advice
What stops many people from starting their own freelancing career is misinformation. Here's the kind of thinking that can go through your head when you think about freelancing. "Gee. I'm going to start a business at home. If something goes wrong, somebody will sue me and I'll lose my house. I wonder if incorporating as a business will protect me?" Now that the "what ifs" got you, you're smart enough to know that this sounds like a legal question and you'd better talk to an attorney. So you call a friend of a friend who is an attorney and they tell you it will cost you $500 to $1000 to help you solve this problem. You don't have an extra $500 to $1000, so you figure you will put off starting your new career until you get the extra money. You don't have to do that. You can get free legal advice on this or any other subject if you just contact one of the local Small Business Development Centers that are located in almost every city in the country. These centers will sit down with you for free and help you figure out any kind of legal, management, financial, or even tax problem you are having in trying to start and develop a business. They will even help you get the business you need. They can help you identify potential clients and will work with you to devise a plan for getting development money. You just can't beat that.
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The Government Will Buy Your Freelancing Services
The government buys more freelancing services than anyone else in the world. They buy typing services, legal services, accounting services, and landscaping services, to name just a few. One year the government even spent $30,000 for the services of a freelance priest. And you don't have to be living in Washington, DC to get the work. Only about 20% of all government business is done in Washington, DC. The rest is done all over the country and all over the world.
Freelancing can be your first step to a multimillion dollar business. The time is right and you can do it without any money of your own. To find out how you can get a freelancing government contact your local Small Business Development Center listed on page 557, or contact the main office at: The Small Business Development Center, 409 Third Street, SW, Suite 4600, Washington, DC 20416, 202-205-6766, {www.sbaonline.sba.gov/SBDC/mission.html}.
The Department of Defense also sponsors a number of Federal Procurement Assistance Offices around the country that offer free help to those who want to sell their goods and services to any government agency. For an office near you, contact The Defense Logistics Agency, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Utilization, Bldg.4, Cameron Station, Room 4B110, Alexandria, VA 22304, 703-767-1661, {www.dla.mil/ddas/}.
Sources:
(1) When Workers Lives Are Contingent On Employers' Whims, Sue Shellenbager, The Wall Street Journal, Page B1, February 1, 1995.
(2) The Network Society, Peter Drucker, The Wall Street Journal, Page A12, March 29, 1995.
(3) Job Shift, William Ridges, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts.
(4) Amid Record Profits, Companies Continue To Lay Off Employees, The Wall Street Journal, Page 1, May 4, 1995.
(5) Job Shock, Harry S. Dent, Jr., St. Martin's Press, New York, NY.
How Artists, Designers, and Photographers Can Get Freelance Government Contracts
The Federal government spends millions of dollars each year for the services of artists, graphic designers, illustrators, painters, calligraphers, photographers, computer graphics specialists, and other art-related specialists. Because the government is involved, many artists might shy away from finding out how they can get in on these worthwhile opportunities. The following listing is put together to help you get in contact - often in just one phone call - with the people who hire artists like yourself. Don't forget to check the general section on freelancing, as well as checking out state contracts. It's difficult to get a clear estimate of the amount of government contracts that go to artists. If you count prime contracts as well as subcontracts, the figure could be as high as $20 to $30 million dollars. Here are what some of the major agencies spend each year:

Spending By Major Agencies On Artists

Department of Agriculture $186,000, National Science Foundation $187,500, Labor $400,000
Postal Service $378,000, U. S. Geological Survey $100,000, Food and Drug Administration $200,000, Federal Emergency Management Agency $ 25,000, U. S. Customs Service $ 40,000, National Park Service $1,900,000
Here are some examples of artists who have landed art contracts with the government:
Artists Who Received Government Contracts
-Jacob Lawrence received $95,000 to create a ceramic tile wall mosaic to be placed in the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Queens, NY. GSA, 1989.
-Linda Sherman Design, Inc., of Gaithersburg, MD, received $432,000 to provide graphic art and editorial support services to NASA in 1990.
-Manuel Neri received $100,000 to create a marble sculpture entitled "Ventana al Pacifico" that was placed outside the Gus J. Solomon Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. GSA, 1989.
-Gerald Farrar and Associates, Inc., of Tulsa, OK, received $3,540 to provide graphic art services to the Department of Energy in 1991.
-Lehman-Scaffa Photo and Art of Silver Spring, MD, received $12,000 to provide graphic arts services to the National Science Foundation, including viewgraphs, slides, charts, maps, mechanical and conceptual drawings, page layouts, publication covers, signs, typesetting, posters, prints, negatives, and exhibit materials.
-Hugh Moore and Associates of Alexandria, VA, received $35,000 from the National Science Foundation to provide graphic art support services, including designing educational pieces for a national science program.
-Inkwell, Inc., of Washington, D.C., received $10,000 from the USDA to provide graphic art support services.
-Douglass Harding Group of Washington, D.C., received $32,000 from the USDA to provide graphic art support services in 1990.
-Thomas Baldwin, Inc., of Alexandria, VA, received $138,000 from the Forest Service to design the interior of the Service's National Visitors Center.
-Standsbury Ronsaville Wood Inc., of Annapolis, MD, landed a contract from the National Park Service worth $16,000 to provide graphic design services, including illustrations, layout, exhibit production, publication design, and more in 1991.
-Nelson/Hendrickson of Purcellville, VA, landed a contract from the National Park Service worth $72,948 to provide production-ready wayside exhibit plan packages.
-Maria Alquilar received $19,000 to create a high fired clay sculpture for the General Services Administration that was placed in the Main Border Station in San Luis, AZ.
-Caleb Bach received $18,000 to produce two paintings entitled "The Effects of Good and Bad Government" that were placed in the Seattle Courthouse.
-Robert Brooks received $4,000 to create a photographic mural that was placed in the U.S. Border Station in Fort Kent, ME. GSA, 1984.
-Houston Conwill received $49,000 to create a bronze sculpture on a granite platform that was placed in the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Queens, NY.
-The painter, Blue Sky, received $12,600 to create an oil painting entitled "Moonlight on the Great Pee Dee" which was placed in the J.M. McMillan Federal Building in Florence, SC. GSA, 1978.
-Frank Smith received $20,000 to create a ceramic tile wall mural for the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Queens, NY. GSA, 1989.
-Another Color, Inc., received $422,000 to provide graphic art and editorial support services to NASA in 1990.
-Creative Service, Inc., received $200,000 to provide graphic art and editorial support services to NASA in 1990.
We've put together an agency-by-agency listing of the people who will look at your work, get it reviewed, and put your name on their vendors list so you can get in on these contracting opportunities and others in the future. In many cases we've also included the kinds of projects these agencies most often hire freelancers to work on, from brochures and book design to exhibits and promotional posters.
When To Apply
Keep in mind that because new contracts are awarded at the beginning of the government's fiscal year in October, you should make sure that an agency you're interested in working for has seen your portfolio by late spring or early summer - this will give them enough time to consider you and the services that you offer for the current fiscal year. Otherwise you may have to wait an entire year before you get any work, especially the larger contracts.
Find Out Past Winning Contracts
Because many art contracts are awarded on a competitive bid basis, you should be aware of successful bids in the past before you submit a bid of your own. Through a Freedom of Information Act Request from the agency in question, you can get copies of winning bids on art contracts from previous years. Remember, the competition on these contracts is very high, but most artists don't know how to use the Freedom of Information Act to give them the edge. Do some quick research into these winning contracts to find out what made them win the competitive bid - it might involve more than just having the lowest price on services rendered.
Small Contracts
For smaller contracts valued under $25,000, many agencies award Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) to artists they like to work with. Getting a BPA means that the agency agrees to offer you work up to a certain value over the period of the fiscal year, often up to $25,000. For larger jobs, the agency may send out project announcements to three artists on their bidder's list and ask for bid proposals. Each agency conducts the bidding procedure slightly differently and you should contact a particular agency to find out how they operate. For even small jobs, such as those for $2,500 or less, an agency may simply pull the name of an artist out of their Rolodex and call them for a quote on a job. If they think the price is in line with what they want to spend, they'll simply award the job to that one artist. Many jobs are awarded on this basis. Obviously, it pays to be persistent and to keep your name in front of the individual that has a say in awarding contracts.
Artists Who Received Money from the National Park Service in a Recent Year:
Lloyd Townsend $ 6,663, Hugh Brown $ 14,721, Robert Hynes $ 4,020, Louis Glanzman $ 9,362, Glenn Moy $ 9,511, Charles Hazard $ 3,528, Steven Patricia $ 7,020, Robert Hynes, $ 8,786, Chris White Design, $ 50,974, Dorothy Novick $ 4,056, G.S. Images $ 236,294, General Graphics $ 268,363, G.S. Images $ 86,643, Specialty Graphics $ 103,932, General Graphics $ 17,246, Scribing Graphics $ 100,167
Who To Contact For Contracts
Agriculture Department
James Schleyer, Design Division, Room 516A, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250 ,202-720-4337
Each year the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) contracts out about 40% to 60% of its design work to freelance artists. Contracts are awarded to freelancers through the procurement office, which maintains a list of approved artists that receive notification of requests for bids when a contract needs fulfilling. To get on this contracting list, artists must have their portfolios reviewed and approved. To set up an appointment to have your portfolio reviewed, contact James Schleyer, chief of the Design Division.
Commerce Department
Office of Administrative Operations, Visual and Electronic Communications Division ,Design and Graphics, Room 2864 ,U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC, 20230, 202-482-3061
The U.S. Department of Commerce contracts out about 20% of their graphics and design work to freelancers. This work often includes publication design, poster design, exhibits, presentation charts, framing and mounting, and much more. If you're interested in being considered for some of this work, contact the Graphics Branch and arrange for a portfolio review. If they can use the kind of work you do, they may decide to sign you to a Blanket Purchase Agreement where you'll receive up to a certain dollar amount of work throughout the year. This division awards about 40 BPAs each year.
Customs Service
U.S. Customs Service, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW, Graphics Department, Washington, DC, 20229, 202-927-0314
The Customs Service hires artists on a freelance basis to work on some of their projects that involve graphics, such as 30 x 40 presentation boards, color graphics, exhibits, and the like. To be considered for this work, you'll need to get your portfolio reviewed before June/July when new contracts are awarded for the new fiscal year. If they're interested in using you, they may sign you to a blanket purchase agreement where you'll be awarded projects up to a certain total dollar amount over the year. The U.S. Customs Service spends between $30,000 and $40,000 per year on freelance graphic art.
Drug Enforcement Agency
Chief, Contracting and Procurement Unit, Drug Enforcement Agency, 1405 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20537, 202-633-2894
From time to time the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) contracts for graphics support for their different programs, such as education and interdiction. If you're interested in doing freelance graphics work for the DEA, you'll need to submit an SF-129 to this office. Once you're on file, if they're interested in using your talents, they'll contact you when an appropriate project comes up and ask you to submit a bid.
Energy Department
William Talbot, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585, 202-586-2732
This office produces the technical graphics support for the Department of Energy (DoE), and they hire the services of design firms that can produce technical computer graphics. If your computer graphics company is interested in competing on DoE contracts, you'll need to submit a Solicitation Mailing List Application (SF-129), which is available by contacting this office. This form asks you to provide basic background on your company, including size, computer capabilities, and experience. Once selected, graphics companies are kept on list, and when a job comes up, DoE will contact three or four firms and ask them to submit bids on the contract.
Bob Stiefel
Printing Operations, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, GE-116, Washington, DC 20585, 202-586-6035
This graphics section of the Department of Energy (DoE) does exhibit design and construction and print media production. Once a year in March and April, design contractors used over the previous year are reviewed. Interviews with new design artists interested in doing print media
work with DoE are then scheduled. This interview process includes a portfolio review. If selected as a contractor, designers are held under Blanket Purchasing Agreements and are called in on an irregular basis for bid sessions during which they bid against each other on the available projects. Contact the department if you're interested in having your portfolio reviewed during March and April.
Environmental Protection Agency
James Ingram, Visual Information Specialist, Editorial Services Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW, MS 1704, Washington, DC 20460, 202-260-4359
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hires the services of graphic artists to do all kinds of projects, including presentation exhibits, view graphs, slide shows, publication designs, cover illustrations, photography, and much more. To be considered for this work, you'll need to arrange with Mr. Ingram for an interview where your portfolio will be reviewed. EPA hires freelance artists three different ways. For small jobs with a quick turn-around, artists are used on a on call basis, where EPA will call you up with a job they think you can do and ask for a price. If they like the price, you get the job. They also hold a certain number of artists under Blanket Purchasing Agreements, where you get work during the year adding up to a certain total amount of the agreement. For large projects, EPA will choose three artists on their vendors list and send out requests for proposals. The lowest bid gets the job.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Susan Rappa, Graphics Department, Room 315, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C St., SW, Washington, DC 20472, 202-646-3475
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) puts about ten graphic artists and designers under contract per year. If you're interested in showing your work to FEMA, contact the department and arrange to go in for a portfolio review. If they're interested in using your services, you may be recommended for a Blanket Purchase Agreement where you'll be asked to submit bids on projects as they come up, with the lowest bid getting the job. FEMA spends about $25,000 per year on freelance art services.
Fish and Wildlife Service
Tom Nebel, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C St., NW, Room 3544, Washington, DC 20240, 202-208-4111
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) contracts out all kinds of graphic design services, from illustration and photography to calligraphy and book design. To be considered for these contracting opportunities you'll need to contact this office and set up a portfolio review. If you live in an area of the country other than the Washington, D.C., area, you should contact the Fish and Wildlife Service field office nearest you. If they like your work and want to use you, FWS will notify you when projects matching your capabilities arise, and you'll be asked to make bids on them. On smaller projects, they may simply call you up and ask for a price and to determine whether you can get the project done in the allotted time.
Food and Drug Administration
Jesse Nichols, Office of Communications, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Ln., HFI-40, Room 15A-19, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-443-3210
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contracts graphic artists and designers to work on editorial illustrations, exhibit design, posters, photographic projects, and much more. If you're interested in being considered for this work, contact this office and arrange for a portfolio review. If they'd like to use your talents, they may decide to sign you to a Blanket Purchase Agreement where you'll receive up to a certain dollar amount of work throughout the year by bidding on individual projects as they arise. This office at FDA signs about 10 artists each year under freelance contract.
General Services Administration
Tim Hinton or Arlethia McGhee, Office of Graphic Design, General Services Administration, 18th and F Sts., NW, Washington, DC 20405, 202-501-0742
The General Services Administration (GSA) hires artists to do all kinds of work for them on a freelance basis, including publications, exhibits, slide shows, and audio-visual productions. To be considered for work with GSA, an artist needs to contact GSA and set up an appointment to have his or her portfolio reviewed. Once reviewed, artists are classified according to their strengths and the type of publications that are appropriate for their type of work. The artists are then ranked according to the quality and style of their work. When a job needs to be contracted, GSA will contact three or four artists from their lists and ask them to submit bids. Bids are chosen based on both quality and price. Contact the department to set up a portfolio review.
Art-in-Architecture Program (PGA)
General Services Administration, 18th and F Sts., NW, Washington, DC 20405, 202-501-4228
By law, the Federal government must spend 0.5% of the cost of constructing or purchasing new buildings or completing major repairs and alterations of existing buildings on artwork. Artwork can include sculptures, murals, photographs, paintings, ceramic tile displays. Artwork can range from a couple of thousand dollars in cost to $100,000 or more, depending on the size of the project. To have your work considered for upcoming projects, you'll need to receive a program application from this office, then submit it along with 35mm slides of your work created within the last three years. You'll also need to include a current resume. Working with national, state, and local art agencies, GSA then nominates and selects artists to work on these projects.
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Glenn Brown, Printing Officer, Immigration and Naturalization Service, 425 I St., NW, Room 2115, Washington, DC 20536, 202-514-3210
Each year, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) retains three graphic artists or companies on a bidders list who are contacted whenever a project comes up that the INS cannot do themselves. Each artist is asked to submit a price on the job and the lowest gets the project. Each August, Mr. Rutter reviews the portfolios of any new artists interested in being placed on the bidders list. The three artists chosen are the ones who can provide the necessary quality of work for the lowest amount of money. The kind of work that INS contracts out often includes one-, two-, and multi-color bar and pie charts for presentations, along with calligraphy for handlettered certificates. Contact the department in July or August to arrange for a portfolio review.
Internal Revenue Service
Buddy Kirk, Internal Revenue Service, 111 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 1137, PC:M:PS:G, Washington, DC 20224, 202-622-7330
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) hires freelance artists to do exhibits, posters, computer graphics, illustrations, charts, brochures, flip charts, flyers, and much more. To be put on the vendors list and qualify to submit bids on projects, you'll need to have your portfolio reviewed by the IRS design group. If they are interested in your work and feel that they can use your special skills, you'll be placed on the list of vendors and receive notice when any relevant projects arise. This IRS design group spends about $650,000 annually on contracts with various artists.
Labor Department
Lionel White, Division of Audio-Visual Communication, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., SW, Room 6311, Washington, DC 20210, 202-219-7820
The Labor Department hires outside art contractors to do all kinds of projects, including cover to cover publications, name cards, graphic panels for exhibits, newsletters, editorial illustrations, book cover designs, stationery, and much more. If you're interested in being considered for these design contracting opportunities, contact this office and request that your name be placed on the mailing list of contract proposals that are mailed out each spring. Upon receiving the proposals, fill it out and return it, being sure to include background on your expertise, examples of technical experience, and price scale. A panel of experts will review the submitted portfolios and price proposals and choose the top applicants to work under Blanket Purchase Orders valued up to $25,000 annually. The Labor Department spends between $350,000 to $500,000 each year on freelance graphic art.
National Archives
Serene Werblood, National Archives and Records Administration, NEPP, Washington, DC 20408, 202-501-6056
The graphics division of the publications office hires freelance graphics artists to work on such projects as lobby posters, books, marketing brochures, direct mail, and exhibit catalogs. Every year, this office keeps two or three freelance designers under contract with Blanket Purchasing Agreements. For larger jobs, they send out requests for bids to artists on their vendor list. To be considered for contracting work with the publication division of the Archives, you'll need to contact this office and arrange to have your portfolio reviewed. If they like your work and think they can use you, you'll be put on their list of bidders. New contracts begin in October, so they like to have their prospective freelancers chosen by July/August.
National Institutes of Health
Ron Winterowd, National Institutes of Health, Medical Arts and Photography Branch, 900 Rockville Pike, Mail Stop 1016, Bldg. 10, Room B-2L316, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-2868
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) contracts out about 50-70% of their art and photographic work, which includes publication design, illustration, exhibit fabrication, photography, video production, charts/graphs, poster sessions, composites, and much more. To be considered for this contract work you'll need to contact this office and arrange for an interview and portfolio review. If they want to try you out, they use Open Market Requisition contracts. If they'd like to keep you on for a longer time, they may decide to sign you to a Blanket Purchase Agreement where you'll receive contract work valued up to a certain dollar amount over the course of a year.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Bill Welsh, Repro-Graphics, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-0001, 301-975-2631
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) graphics department does some work with freelance artists. If you're interested in finding out more, you'll need to contact this office and have your portfolio reviewed by the department. If they're interested in using you, they will use the standard contracting procedures: a bidders list, blanket purchasing agreements, and so on.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Diane Boxley, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Room 725, (083312), 6010 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852, 301-413-0907
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hires freelance artists to do work on exhibits, publications, silk screening, wall plaques, photography, and much more. To be considered for the work, you'll need to arrange to have your portfolio reviewed. If they are interested in using your talents, they may decide to sign you to a Blanket Purchase Agreement, where they'll provide you with ongoing contract work up to a certain dollar value. Or they may simply contact you with a project in mind, ask for a price, and if they like it, you get the job. For more information on the portfolio review process, contact the office above.
National Park Service
Harper's Ferry Center, Contracting Branch, Administrative Annex, Taylor St., P.O. Box 50, Harper's Ferry, WV 25425, 304-535-6236
The National Park Service contracts the services of all kinds of artists, illustrators, and photographers. To qualify for these contracting opportunities, you'll need to have your portfolio reviewed by the NPS. The review can be arranged through this office - either in person or by sending copies of your work by mail. Once your portfolio is approved, you'll be placed on the bidders list and receive notification of projects in your area of specialty.
National Science Foundation
Division of Grants and Agreements, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, 703-306-1210
Graphic artists and illustrators interested in doing contract work with the National Science Foundation (NSF) should send samples of their work along with a statement summarizing their capabilities and areas of specialty. Upon receiving this information, the Division of Grants and Contracts will circulate your resume and samples among the different NSF program offices, which in turn will decide if they are interested in using your services. This is the procedure used on contracts that are less than $20,000 in value. Over that amount, NSF places a notice in the Commerce Business Daily for open bidding.
U.S. Postal Service
Terry McCaffery, Stamp Marketing Division, Office of Philatelic and Retail Services, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, Room 4461-E, Washington, DC 20260, 202-268-6576
This office oversees both the production and promotion of U.S. postal stamps, and they hire freelance artists to help support many of their projects, including posters, brochures, and stamps. If you're interested in doing this kind of work, you'll need to contact this office and arrange to have your portfolio reviewed, either in person, or by submitting tear sheets of your work. For graphic art on their promotional materials, they work three different ways. For projects under $2,000, they will simply contact the artist on file they think is best for the job or who can do it the fastest. For projects up to $5,000, they will normally use a Basic Pricing Agreement that is in place with the artist for an entire year. For projects over $5,000, they will often ask for competitive bids from their list of vendors. Most of the stamps are done by freelance illustrators, 300 of whom they keep on file. Contracts usually are for $3,000 per stamp or $10,000 for a block of four. In 1992, they contracted with 26 artists to do 126 stamp designs. If you're interested in being considered for stamp illustration, you'll need to contact the above office and arrange to have your work reviewed. Depending on the project, contracts are awarded in a similar fashion to those for the Postal Services promotional materials described above.
Thad Dilley
Communications Department, Room 2P530, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC 20260, 202-268-2194
This department of the U.S. Postal Services contracts the services of graphic designers, illustrators, calligraphers, and photographers to work on their publication materials. To be put on their bidders list, you first need to send them a description of your graphics capabilities and specialties, and then make an appointment to go in for a portfolio review. If after reviewing your work, they are interested in using your talents, you'll be put on a bidders list and notified when projects arise that you are qualified to complete.
Public Health Service
Paris Pacchione, Room 36-36, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-443-1090
This technical services branch of the Public Health Service (PHS) works to meet the art requirements for the Indian Health Service, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Assistant Secretary of Health, and the Agency for Health Care Policy Review, among others. To keep up with their heavy work load, they contract out a large amount of art projects, including silk screen posters, banners, brochures, plaques, exhibit designs, 3-D displays, and much more. If you're interested in doing work for them on a freelance basis, contact Harris Pacchione to arrange for a portfolio review. If they like your work and want to use your talents, you'll be put on a bidders list and perhaps offered a Blanket Purchasing Agreement and asked to bid on jobs as they come up during the year. Currently PHS maintains about 30 BPAs with freelance artists. For major jobs, they'll send out proposal requests to three vendors on their list and ask for proposals.
Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration
Gene Souder; Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration; Graphics Branch, Room 789; 5600 Fishers Lane; Rockville, MD 20857; 301-443-4183
The Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) hires freelance artists and design firms to work on such projects as view graphs, exhibits, publications, logos, and much more. On June 1st of each year they award the new graphic design contracts for the new fiscal year, so if you're interested in being considered for this work, you'll need to contact this office and arrange for a portfolio review. Each year, approximately 15 firms and individuals are awarded Blanket Purchase Agreements where they are given up to a certain dollar amount of work throughout the year. Work is also contracted by: Health Resources and Services Administration, Ray Targrowski, 301-443-1014
U.S. Geological Survey
Joy Durant, National Mapping Division, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., MS-508 National Center, Reston, VA 22092, 703-648-6880
The National Mapping Division of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contracts the work of freelance graphic designers to create pamphlets and educational pieces dealing with the earth sciences. Companies and individuals interested in being considered for contracting work should submit background information on their capabilities, along with samples of their work. If the USGS is interested in using your services, you'll be placed on a bidders list and notified when an appropriate contracting opportunity arises. For contracts valued under $2,500 the USGS will simply contact the artist they think is best suited for the job and able to do it in the needed time. The USGS awards about $100,000 in contracts annually for graphic art.
Small Business Administration
Publications and Graphic Design Services, Office of Public Communications, Small Business Administration, 409 Third St., SW, Washington, DC 20416, 202-205-6740
The Small Business Administration (SBA) contracts out about 70% of the graphics and art design work that they produce. These projects include publication design, banners, name tags, oversized presentation boards, pamphlets and brochures, and more. If you're interested in being considered for contract work with SBA, contact the office and arrange for a portfolio review. If they'd like to use your services, they'll have your name put on a bidders list in SBA's Office of Procurement and Grants Management. When a project arises, Procurement will notify at least three artists on the bidders list and ask them to submit bids on the project.
Smithsonian Institute
Ann Garvey, Smithsonian Institute Press, 470 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7100, Washington, DC 20560, 202-287-3738, ext. 352
This office provides the graphic art and design support for much of the Smithsonian Institute, including all of the publications produced by the Smithsonian Institute Press (this does not include the Smithsonian Magazine, which is an entirely separate entity). Although much of the work is done internally, they do occasionally hire the services of freelancers to work on projects that they don't have the time or expertise to complete themselves. This work may involve graphic design, mechanicals, and every so often, illustration work. To be considered for this work, you'll need to contact the department to arrange for a portfolio review. If they are interested in your work, you'll be contacted to submit bids on projects as they come up, with the lowest bid winning the job.
State Department
Rose Grover, Graphics Division, U.S. Department of State, 21st and C Sts., SW, Room 1655, Washington, DC 20520, 202-647-1082
When the different bureaus within the State Department need outside graphics support, they contact artists on a vendors list that they maintain. The kind of projects that get farmed out to freelancers are usually last minute projects that the Graphics Division doesn't have the time or capability to do, such as charts for congressional briefings. To be put on the vendors listing, an artist first needs to be cleared by Rose Grover, the head of the Graphics Division. This process may include a portfolio review. Once on the bidders list, artists can receive direct calls from the individual bureaus for bids on projects.
Treasury Department
Stu Gates, Printing and Graphics, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Annex, Room B-39, Washington, DC 20220, 202-622-2160
To handle some of their large and mid-level graphic design work, the Treasury contracts the services of outside design vendors. This work is awarded on a competitive basis through Blanket Purchase Agreements where the graphics/design firm or individual is given contract work up to a certain pre-determined dollar value throughout the year on an as-needed basis. Contact this division for more information on getting your portfolio reviewed and being considered for the bidders list.
U.S. Information Agency
Howard Cincotta, Visual Services, U.S. Information Agency, 301 4th St., SW, Washington, DC, 20547, 202-619-4269
The U.S. Information Agency's (USIA) Visual Services does some work with freelance artists. If you're interested in finding out more, you'll need to contact this office and have your portfolio reviewed by the department.
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How to Get Video Production and Voiceover Contracts From The Federal Government
Freelance video production is one of the fastest growing fields in federal contracting. In 1993, the Federal government spent almost $21 million dollars on the services of freelance video production people. That represents almost one-quarter of what the entire Federal government spent in the area of audio-visuals for 1993! Video tape production increased by 48% from 1989 to 1993. The growth of the video industry during these years translated directly into increased government business. That translates into more projects for video producers to bid on and to win. These projects often include video taping press conferences and meetings, making documentaries and training videos, and much more. This is exactly the kind of expertise that government employees don't often have, so many of these projects are completed by experienced freelancers. To get in line for this big government money spent on video production, you first need to know who does the hiring and who they're looking to hire. That's what the people included in the following list can tell you. These Federal A-V contacts keep track of what their individual agency is doing and planning to do with video projects. They can help you get a better picture of whether you've got the expertise to do the kind of jobs that they need to have done.
Video Production Contacts:
Agriculture Department-
Larry Quinn, Office of Communications, Video Teleconference and Radio Center, Room 1614 South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250-1300, 202-720-6072
Commerce Department-
Robert B. Amdur, Director of Communications Services, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, 202-219-3605
Defense Department-
Paul Lewis, Defense Audiovisual Policy, OASD (PA) American Forces, Information Service, Defense Audiovisual Policy Office, Suite 326, 601 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-2007,
703-274-4872
Education Department-
Greg Grason, U.S. Department of Education, Room 2222, FOB #10, 600 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202, 202-401-2559
Energy Department-
F. Chester Gray, Public Information Office, PA-5, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585, 202-586-4670
Health and Human Services-
Milo Mouch, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201, 202-690-6076
Housing and Urban Development-
John Jones, HUD Training Academy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th St., SW, Room 2180, Washington, DC 20410, 202-708-2009
Interior Department-
Stephen Brooks, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C St., NW, Washington, DC 20240, 202-208-6416
Justice Department-
Joe Kierlabor, U.S. Department of Justice, 1309 of Main Justice, 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20530, 202-616-3883
Labor Department-
Tom Accardy, Division of AV Communication Services, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-6311 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210, 202-219-7820
State Department-
Jane Dorset, S/S/EX Room 7512, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C St., NW, Washington, DC, 20520, 202-647-9537
Transportation Department-
William Mosley, Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., SW, Suite 10413, Washington, DC 20590, 202-366-5582
Treasury Department-
Robert Harper, Office of Real and Personal Property, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 6140, Washington, DC 20220, 202-622-0500
Veterans Affairs-
Kevin Walls, Media Services 032B3, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20420, 202-273-7508
Independent Federal Agencies:
Corporation for National Service-
Mike Berning, Office of Public Affairs, Corporation for National Service, 1200 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20525, 202-606-5000
Agency for International Development-
Donna Wolf, USAID/LPA, Room 488D, Agency for International Development, Washington, DC 20523, 202-647-3499
Environmental Protection Agency-
Ed McRay, Office of the Comptroller (PM-225), Budget Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW, Washington, DC 20460, 202-260-2070
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-
Susan Taylor, Library Management Branch, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1801 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20507, 202-663-4630
Federal Emergency Management Agency-
Bruce Marshall, Support Systems Branch, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 16825 South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD 21727, 301-447-1260
General Services Administration-
J. Peter Glaws, Office of AV Services, General Services Administration, 18th and F Sts., NW, Room B33, Washington, DC 20405, 202-208-1421
National Credit Union Administration-
James L. Baylen, Administrative Office, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-518-6410
National Aeronautics and Space Administration-
Joseph Benton, Office of Public Affairs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 300 E St., SW, Code PS, Washington, DC 20546, 202-358-1743
National Endowment for the Humanities-
Barry Maynes, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 201, Washington, DC 20506, 202-606-8233
National Science Foundation-
Susan Bartlett, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, 703-306-1070
Overseas Private Investment Corporation-
Peter Ballinger, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 1100 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20527, 202-336-8400
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation-
Richard Petta, Communications and Public Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20005-4026, 202-326-4040
Selective Service System-
Larry Waltman, Public Affairs Office, National Headquarters, Selective Service System, 1515 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209, 703-235-2053
Small Business Administration-
D.J. Caulfield, Publications and Graphic Design Services, Office of Public Communications, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third St., SW, Washington, DC 20416, 202-205-6740
Tennessee Valley Authority-
Alan Carmichael, Communications, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37902, 615-632-8018
U.S. Information Agency-
Martha Methee, Television and Film Service, U.S. Information Agency, Patrick Henry Building, Room 5122, 601 D St., NW, Washington, DC 20547, 202-501-7758
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How Freelance Writers and Editors Can Get Government Contracts
Writers don't have to be starving artists these days - the Federal government hires freelancers to do all kinds of work, such as script writing, technical writing, editing, translations, and much more. Believe it or not, your creative talent can find an outlet (and a paycheck!) within the halls of several Federal agencies. Consider this:
* If you're a consumer writer, the Food and Drug Administration might be interested in using your skills to write an article on food safety for $1,200.
* If you're an editor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture might want to use you at a rate of $1,225 per week.
* Technical writers can land $25,000 contracts that NASA awards each year.
While many agencies have writers on staff, sometimes the work load is just too much and they'll look outside for freelancers to handle the overflow. Not all hire freelance writers, so we've done the leg work for you and found out which agencies do. Don't forget to also check the general section on freelancing, as well as checking out state contracts. To be considered for any kind of contract work with the government, you'll need to submit a standard capabilities statement with each agency with which you would like to work. This statement should be submitted on a standard form 129 (SF-129), which is available free from any of the contracting offices listed below. Once they've received your SF-129, an agency will put you on the bidders mailing list so that when writing opportunities come up, you'll be notified. You'll then be asked to submit a closed bid for the project, with the lowest bid getting the work. Keep in mind, though, that on larger contracts of $25,000 and up, the government usually pays only on completion of the project, which could be six months or a year, depending on the size. So if you're going to bid for a project, be sure you can survive that long before you get paid.
Here are some success stories of individuals and small businesses that have received writing contracts worth more than $25,000:
-International Computer and Telecommunications of Lanham, MD, received $1.99 million to provide NASA headquarters with technical writing support services.
-Gottlieb Associates of Washington, DC, received $55,310 to edit a science magazine for the National Science Foundation.
-Stone and Webster Engineering Corp. of Engelwood, CO, received $192,839 to revise and update a book for the Department of Energy.
-Graph Tech, Inc., of Arlington, VA, received $57,418 to provide editorial services to the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
-Bruce Valley of Alexandria, VA, received $38,289 to write speeches for the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
-The Blue Pencil Group, Inc., of Reston, VA, received $27,900 to edit a scientific journal for the National Science Foundation.
Not all freelance writers get work through this kind of formal, bidded contract. Most writing and editing jobs are smaller, valued under $25,000, and are given out on a less formal basis - the procurement office might contact only three writers they know of and ask for bids, with the lowest getting the job. Even smaller jobs in the range of, say, $2,500 or under are often awarded to writers that the Small Purchases Agent for an agency might have in his/her Rolodex, especially those writers who can do work on an as needed, last minute basis. So make sure that the Small Purchases Agent in each agency knows your name and has your resume on file - it's usually the people who are freshest in the agent's mind that gets these small, though often lucrative assignments.
Here are some examples of these smaller contracts:
-Briere Associates of Arlington VA received $2,000 to edit an investigation report for the International Trade Commission.
-Richard Bellman received $511 to write a paper on fair housing for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
-Peter Petrakis of Annapolis, MD, received $2,500 to write a scientific report for the Public Health Service.
-Paragon Solutions received $23,011 to develop a users manual for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
-Rowena Itchon of Washington, DC, received $2,000 for editing services from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
-Barbara Snyder of Falls Church, VA, received $625 to write a paper on drug abuse for the Department of Health and Human Services.
-Don Hill of Virginia received $2,500 to produce a series of training conference reports for the Office of Personnel Management.
In fact, when first starting out in government contracting, it's a good idea to complete a few of these smaller contracts before you try to land any of the larger ones valued over $25,000. Showing a government agency that you have successfully completed smaller contracting work for them will make them more likely to award you larger jobs when you submit bids on them. Just as it is in the private sector, if all other things are equal, contracts often go to those companies with whose work the agency is most familiar.
Writers Contacts:
Drug Enforcement Administration
Mr. Burdette Burton, Office of Procurement, 700 Army Navy Dr., Room W5140, Arlington, VA 22202, 202-307-7182, www.usdoj.gov/dea
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) occasionally hires freelance writers and editors. Send a resume outlining your capabilities to this office.
Energy Department
David Hoexter, Office of Procurement and Assistance Management, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585-0705, 202-586-9062, Email:david.hoexter@hq.doe.gov, www.doe.gov
The Office of Procurement and Assistance Management sponsors a special website designed to assist individuals and companies in doing business with the Department of Energy. It can be accessed online at {www.pr.doe.gov/prbus.html}. When freelance writing opportunities are posted, resumes should be sent to the program office announcing the requirement.
Federal Emergency Management Administration
Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Emergency Management Administration, 500 C St., SW, Washington, DC 20472, 202-646-4006, www.fema.gov
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) publishes educational and training materials relating to disaster management and, at times, hires freelance writers and editors to work on these projects. By calling or writing FEMA, you can obtain a list of the latest disaster contracting locations and phone numbers, small business opportunities (including how to register as a bidder) and solicitation information.
Fish and Wildlife Service
Meghan Durham, Public Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C St., NW, Room 3361, Mail Stop 3024 MIB, Washington, DC 20240, 202-208-4131, Email: Megan_Durham@fws.gov, www.fws.gov
The Fish and Wildlife Service's Public Affairs Office occasionally hires freelance writers to work on wildlife projects. To be considered for writing opportunities, submit a resume and work samples to this office. The Fish and Wildlife Service's website also features a section entitled "Doing Business with the U.S. FWS," which includes a list of products and services contracted, an acquisition forecast for the year and other business opportunities available within the Department of the Interior.
Food and Drug Administration
Isadora Stehlin, Editor, FDA Consumer, Food and Drug Administration (HFI-40), 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15A19, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-7130, www.fda.gov
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes a magazine called the FDA Consumer, which specializes in food and drug issues. This magazine sometimes uses freelance writers to research and write articles which the FDA is interested in having completed. To be considered for freelance work with the FDA Consumer, send a resume and samples of your writing to the editor at the address listed above.
Forest Service
U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 96090, Room 707 RP-E, Washington, DC 20090-6090, 703-235-8165, www.fs.fed.us
On occasion, the Forest Service hires freelance editors, proofreaders, and technical writers to do contract work. This work often specializes in the earth sciences and may involve technical engineering reports. If you'd like to be notified when these contract opportunities arise, you'll need to submit an SF-129 that outlines your capabilities and experience.
General Services Administration
Mary Rudbeck, U.S. General Services Administration (XM), 1800 F St., NW, Room 6002, Washington, DC 20405, 202-501-0937, Email: mary.rudbeck@gsa.gov, www.gsa.gov
The General Services Administration (GSA) has a limited need for freelance writers and editors. To be considered for projects, submit a resume and work samples. Your resume will be kept on file until a contract opportunity arises.
Health and Human Services
Linda Danley, General Acquisitions, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Parklawn Ave., Room 5C26, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-443-1715
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hires freelance editors and writers to work on health related reports and publications. To be considered for this work, you'll need to submit an SF-129 that outlines your capabilities and experience to this office. Once on file, the office will notify you when any projects come up that they think match your talents.
Housing and Urban Development
Office of Procurement and Contracts, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th St., SW, Room 5272, Washington, DC 20410, 202-708-1290, www.hud.gov
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does not routinely hire freelance writers and editors. But on those occasions when a freelance need arises, the procurement is announced 15 days prior to its release in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD). The CBD is available for free online at {cbdnet.access.gpo.gov}. When the solicitation for bids is officially issued, it is posted on the "Current Contracting Opportunities" page of HUD's website, located at {www.hud.gov/cts/ctsoprty.html}.
Interior Department
Kris Damsgaard, Office of Aircraft Services, Branch of Training, 2741 Airport Way, Boise, ID 83705, 208-387-5812, Email: kris_damsgaard@oas.gov, www.oas.gov
The Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) within the Department of Interior does not typically hire freelance writers and editors, but may have a need on an intermittent basis. Contact this office for more information.
Justice Department
Office of Justice Programs, Office of Personnel, 810 7th St., NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20531, 202-307-0730, www.ojp.usdoj.gov
At times, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) requires freelance editors and writers for project support. If you're interested in being considered for this work, you'll first need to submit a capabilities statement to this office. If they're interested in possibly using you, they may set up an interview to further discuss your capabilities. After that, you'll be notified when any relevant work comes up that they think best matches your abilities.
Labor Department
Brenda Butler, Office of Procurement Services, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room N5416, Washington, DC 20120, 202-219-9355, Email: butler-brenda@dol.gov
The U.S. Department of Labor hires freelancers to work on different projects, such as script writers for video projects. If you're interested in being considered for this work, you'll first need to submit an SF-129 capabilities statement to this office. If they're interested in possibly using you, they may set up an interview to further discuss your capabilities. After that, you'll be notified when any relevant work comes up that they think best matches your abilities.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001, 202-358-0000, www.nasa.gov
There are several ways to access freelance writing and editing opportunities with NASA. If you are interested in working for NASA Headquarters, call the Goddard Space Flight Center listed below and ask for Headquarters Operations. If you are interested in working for any of the other 11 NASA centers, you can contact the procurement officers listed below. Another approach is to submit your resume and work samples to those companies that supply services to NASA. Several of the space centers list their contractors on their websites. The final option is to subscribe to NASA's online service, NASA Acquisition Internet Service (NAIS), which allows you to search for freelance contract opportunities in its database and also notified you by email when procurement announcements are made. NAIS, however, does not always post smaller contracts (under $25,000), so it is best to contact the individual NASA centers to find out about those opportunities.
•Ames Research Center
Charles W. Duff, Mail Stop 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000, 650-604-5000, Email: cduff@mail.arc.nasa.gov, www.arc.nasa.gov
•Dryden Flight Research Center
Russ Davis, P.O. Box 273, Edwards, CA 93523-0273, 661-258-3311, Email: russ.davis@dfrc.nasa.gov
•Glenn Research Center
Bradley J. Baker, Mail Stop 500-313, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135-3191,
216-433-4000, Email: bradley.j.baker@grc.nasa.gov, www.grc.nasa.gov
•Goddard Space Flight Center
Michael J. Ladomirak, Code 200, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001, 301-286-2000, Email: mladomir@pop200.gsfc.nasa.gov, www.gsfc.nasa.gov
The Goddard Space Flight Center handles all acquisitions for NASA Headquarters. When calling, ask for Headquarters Operations.
•Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109-8099, 818-354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a staff made up primarily of contractors.
•Kennedy Space Center
James E. Hattaway, Code OP, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899-0001, 407-867-7110, Email: james.hattaway@ksc.nasa.gov, www.ksc.nasa.gov
•Langley Research Center
Sandra Ray, Mail Stop 134, Hampton, VA 23681-0001, 757-864-1000, Email: s.s.ray@larc.nasa.gov, www.larc.nasa.gov
•Marshall Space Flight Center
Stephen Beale, Code PS01, Marshal Space Flight Center, AL , 35812-0001, 256-544-2121, Email: steve.beale@msfc.nasa.gov, www1.msfc.nasa.gov
•Michoud Assembly Facility
P.O. Box 29300, New Orleans, LA 70189, 504-257-3311, www.lmco.com/michoud
The Michoud Assembly Facility has a staff made up primarily of contractors.
•Stennis Space Center
Kimberly Stone, Code DA00, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000, 228-688-2211, Email: kim.stone@scc.nasa.gov, www.ssc.nasa.gov
National Park Service
Dyra Monroe, National Park Service, Contract Operations Branch, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, DC 20013-7127, 202-523-0092, www.nps.gov
The National Park Service hires freelance writers and editors for contract work when projects arise. If you're interested in being placed on their bidders list so that you can receive notice when new contracts need filling, you'll need to submit an SF-129 capabilities statement with this office.
National Science Foundation
Veronica Bankins, Chief, Systems and Services Branch, Division of Administrative Services, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 295 N, Arlington, VA 22230,
703-306-1125, ext. 2065, Email: vbankins@nsf.gob, www.nsf.gov
Freelance writers and editors interested in working for the National Science Foundation should contact the office listed above.
Postal Service
Headquarters Purchasing, Barbara Sauls, Services Purchasing, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza West, SW, Washington, DC 20260-6237, 202-268-4100, www.usps.gov
For writing contracts worth $25,000 and over, you'll need to be placed on the Postal Service's list of suppliers. This office can send you the appropriate applications. When writing contracts arise, you'll be notified to submit competitive bids. The Postal Service awards contracts for both technical writing and technical manual production services, which includes editorial services such as proofreading, copy markup, and text writing. The Commodity Codes for these services are T013A and T013B. The code for Speech Writing is R416A, and for Language Translation it's R416.
National Technical Information Service
Anita Tolliver, National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Rd., Room 203, Springfield, VA 22161, 703-487-4720, www.ntis.gov
National Technical Information Service (NTIS), the largest publisher and distributor of government technical information, occasionally hires freelance editors and writers to work on their publications. To be considered for this contract work, you'll need to submit an SF-129 summarizing your capabilities and experience. When relevant contracts arise, you'll be notified to submit bids on the projects.
Office of Personnel Management
U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Contracting Division, 1900 E St., NW, Washington, DC 20415-0001, 202-606-2240 (press option 9), www.opm.gov
Write or call the OPM's Contracting Division to obtain procurement information (including a forecast of opportunities) and copies of OPM solicitations. A packet will be mailed to you within five working days.
Securities and Exchange Commission
Office of Administrative and Personnel Management, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 5th St., NW, Washington, DC 20549, 202-942-4000, www.sec.gov
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) occasionally hires freelance writers and editors. Contact this office for more information.
Smithsonian Institution
Office of Contracting and Property Management, Smithsonian Institution, 955 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Suite P114, Washington, DC 20024, 202-287-3343, www.si.edu
The Smithsonian often hires freelancers to work on their publications. Keep in mind, though, that this work does not include work on the Smithsonian Magazine, which is a completely separate entity. This part of the Smithsonian provides administrative publication support, along with the many different books that they publish. To be considered for this work, you'll need to submit an SF-129 outlining your capabilities and experience, and if they're interested in using you, you'll be notified when opportunities arise.
Transportation Department
Cindy Blackmon, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., SW, Washington, DC 20590, 202-366-4968, www.dot.gov
The Department of Transportation occasionally hires freelance writers. To be considered for projects, submit a resume to this office.
Treasury Department
Wesley Hawley, Procurement Services Division, Treasury Department, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 1438, Washington, DC 20220, 202-622-1300, www.ustreas.gov
To be considered for any writing and editing contracts that might arise, you'll need to submit a capabilities statement to this office or an SF-129.
Office of Procurement
SBA-PCR, Ollie Snyder, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW, ICC Building, Room 3379, Washington, DC, 20229, 202-927-7131
On occasion, FMS requires the services of freelance editors and writers, and to get on the bidders' list, you need to submit an SF-129 that outlines your capabilities.
Michelle James
Internal Revenue Service
, Room 700 Constellation Centre, 6009 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, MD 20749, 202-283-1350
Doug Mason
Senior Contract Specialist/Procurement Office
, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20552, 202-906-7624, www.ots.treas.gov
While the Office of Thrift Supervision does not hire freelance writers on a regular basis, inquiries and resumes can be sent to this office. Notice of job vacancies can be obtained by calling 202-906-6071 or visiting the OTS website.
-The above departments within the U.S. Department of the Treasury contract for the service of writers and editors. To bid on writing contracts valued over $25,000, you'll need to complete and submit an SF-129 application to be put on their solicitation mailing lists. These agencies also make smaller purchases of these services, and with your SF-129 on file, they will contact you when any appropriate work comes up. Once on the mailing lists, you'll receive notice whenever these agencies are looking for bids on writing contracts.
U.S. Geological Survey
Kathleen Craig, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., MS 205 B, Reston, VA 20192,
703-648-7357, Email: kcraig@usgs.gov, www.usgs.gov
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) does not routinely hire freelance writers, but does occasionally offer miscellaneous editing jobs, for which vendors compete. Contact this office to have bidding information faxed or mailed to you.
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Free Local Help: The Best Place To Start To Sell To The Government
Within each state there are offices that can help you get started in the federal procurement process. As stated previously, your local Small Business Administration (SBA) office is a good resource. In addition to their other services, the SBA can provide you with a list of Federal Procurement Offices based in your state, so you can visit them in person to gather valuable information. Another place to turn is your local Small Business Development Center (see page 557). These offices are funded jointly by federal and state governments, and are usually associated with the state university system in your area. They are aware of the federal procurement process, and can help you draw up a sensible business plan that will be successful.
Some states have established programs to assist businesses in the federal procurement process for all departments in the government. These programs are designed to help businesses learn about the bidding process, the resources available, and provide information on how the procurement system operates. They can match the product or service you are selling with the appropriate agency, and then help you market your product. Several programs have online bid matching services, whereby if a solicitation appears in the Commerce Business Daily that matches what your company markets, then the program will automatically contact you to start the bid process. The program office can then request the appropriate documents, and assist you in achieving your goal. These Procurement Assistance Offices (PAOs) are partially funded by the Department of Defense to assist businesses with Defense Procurement. For a current listing of PAOs contact:
Defense Logistics Agency
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Utilization, Bldg. 4, Cameron Station, Room 4B110, Alexandria, VA 22304-6100, 703-767-1661, {www.dla.mil}, then go to the small business site.
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Let Your Congressman Help You
Are you trying to market a new product to a department of the Federal government? Need to know where to try to sell your wares? Is there some problem with your bid? Your Congressman can be of assistance. Because they want business in their state to boom, most Congressmen will make an effort to assist companies in obtaining federal contracts. Frequently they will write a letter to accompany your bid, or if you are trying to market a new product, they will write a letter to the procurement office requesting that they review your product. Your Congressman can also be your personal troubleshooter. If there is some problem with your bid, your Congressman can assist you in determining and resolving the problem, and can provide you with information on the status of your bid. Look in the blue pages of your phone book for your Senators' or Representatives' phone numbers, or call them in Washington at 202-224-3121.
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Small Business Set-Asides
The Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages government purchasing agencies to set aside suitable government purchases for exclusive small business competition. A purchase which is restricted to small business bidders is identified by a set aside clause in the invitation for bids or request for proposals. There is no overall listing of procurements which are, or have been, set aside for small business. A small business learns which purchases are reserved for small business by getting listed on bidders' lists. It also can help keep itself informed of set aside opportunities by referring to the Commerce Business Daily. Your local SBA office can provide you with more information on set asides. To locate your nearest SBA office, call 1-800-827-5722 or {www.sba.gov}.
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Veterans Assistance
Each Small Business Administration District Office has a Veterans Affairs Officer which can assist veteran-owned businesses in obtaining government contracts. Although there is no such thing as veterans set aside contracts, the Veterans Administration does make an effort to fill its contracts using veteran-owned businesses whenever possible. Contact your local SBA office for more information.
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Woman-Owned Business Assistance
There are over 3.7 million women-owned businesses in the United States, and the number is growing each year. Current government policy requires federal contracting officers to increase their purchases from women-owned businesses. Although the women-owned firms will receive more opportunities to bid, they still must be the lowest responsive and responsible bidder to win the contract. To assist these businesses, each SBA district office has a Women's Business Representative, who can provide you with information regarding government programs. Most of the offices hold a Selling to the Federal Government seminar, which is designed to educate the business owner on the ins and outs of government procurement. There is also a helpful publication, Women Business Owners: Selling to the Federal Government, which provides information on procurement opportunities available. Contact your local SBA office or your Procurement Assistance Office (listed below) for more information.
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Minority and Labor Surplus Area Assistance
Are you a socially or economically disadvantaged person who has a business? This group includes, but is not limited to, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Socially and economically disadvantaged individuals represent a significant percentage of U.S. citizens, yet account for a disproportionately small percentage of total U.S. business revenues. The 8(a) program assists firms to participate in the business sector and to become independently competitive in the marketplace. SBA may provide participating firms with procurement, marketing, financial, management, or other technical assistance. A Business Opportunity Specialist will be assigned to each firm that participates, and is responsible for providing that company with access to assistance that can help it fulfill its business goals. Some areas of the country have been determined to be labor surplus areas, which means there is a high rate of unemployment. Your local SBA office can tell you if you live in such an area, as some contracts are set asides for labor surplus areas. For more information, contact your local Small Business Administration office (call 1-800-827-5722 for the SBA office nearest you; or online at {www.sba.gov}), or contact your local Procurement Assistance Office from the Defense Logistics Agency listed on page 538. Procurement Assistance Office in your state (listed below).
Federal Procurement Assistance Offices
Alabama

Charles A. Hopson, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1717 11th Ave., S, Suite 419, Birmingham, AL 35294-4410, 205-934-7260, Fax: 205-934-7645
Alaska
Mike Taylor, University of Alaska Anchorage, Small Business Development Center, 430 W. 7th Ave., Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501-3550, 907-274-7232, Fax: 907-274-9524
Arizona
Linda Alexius Hagerty, The National Center for AIED, National Center Headquarters, 953 E. -Juanita Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204, 602-545-1298, Fax: 602-545-4208
Paul R. Roddy, Aptan, Inc., 1435 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85257-3773, 602-945-5452, Fax: 602-945-4153, Email: aptan@pnmenet.com, www.aptan.com
Arkansas
Toni Tosch, Board of Trustees, University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service, 103 Page, Malvern, AR 72104, 501-337-5355, Fax: 501-337-5045, Email: info@apacua.org, www.apacua.org
California
Lane Stafford, Riverside Community College District, 3985 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92501-3256, 909-684-8469, Fax: 909-684-8369, Email: stafford@rccd.cc.ca.us, www.rccd.resources4u.com/pac/
Jane E. McGinnis, Action Business Center, California Central Valley PTAC, 3180 Collins Dr., Suite A, Merced, CA 95348, 209-385-7686, Fax: 209-383-4959, Email: cpc@cell2000.net, www.cell2000.net/cpc
J. Gunnar Schalin, Southwestern Community College, Contracting Opportunities Center, 3443 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 116, San Diego, CA 92108-3913, 619-285-7020, Fax: 619-285-7030, Email: sdcoc@pacbell.net, http://home.pacbell.net/sdcoc
Colorado
No PTA awarded
Connecticut
Arlene M. Vogel, Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer), 190 Governor Winthrop Blvd., Suite 300, New London, CT 06320, 860-701-6056, 1-888-6-SECTER, Fax: 860-437-4662, Email: avogel@secter.org, www.secter.org/cptap/main.htm
Delaware
No PTA awarded
District of Columbia
No PTA awarded
Florida
Laura Subel, University of West Florida, Florida PTA Program, 19 W. Garden St., Suite 300, Pensacola, FL 32501, 850-595-6066, Fax: 850-595-6070
Georgia
Zack Osborne, Georgia Technical Research Corp., GA Institute of Technology, 400 Tenth St., CRB Room 246, Atlanta, GA 30332-0420, 912-953-1460, Fax: 912-953-3169
Hawaii
No PTA awarded
Idaho
Larry Demirelli, Idaho Department of Commerce, State of Idaho, 700 West State St., Boise, ID, 83720-0093, 208-334-2470, Fax: 208-334-2631
Illinois
D. Lorenzo Padron, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, The Chicago Pac, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-252-5211, Fax: 773-252-7065, www.lacc1.com
Lois Van Meter, State of Illinois, Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, 620 E. Adams St., Third Floor, Springfield, IL 62701, 217-557-1823, Fax: 217-785-6328, Email: ivanmete@commerce.state.il.us, www.commerce.state.il.us
Indiana
Kathy DeGuilio -Fox Partners in Contracting Corporation, PTA Center, 6100 Southport Rd., Portage, IN 46368, 219-762-8644, Fax: 219-763-1513
A. David Schaaf, Indiana Small Business Development Corporation, Government Marketing Assistance Group, One N. Capitol Ave., Suite 1275, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2026, 317-264-5600,
Fax: 317-264-2806, www.isbdcorp.org
Iowa
Bruce Coney, State of Iowa, Iowa Department of Economic Development, 200 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309, 515-242-4888, Fax: 515-242-4893, Email: bruce.coney@ided.state.ia.us, www.state.ia.us/sbro/ptac.htm
Kansas
No PTA Awarded
Kentucky
James A. Kurz, Kentucky Cabinet For Economic Development, Dept. of Community Development, 500 Mero St., 22nd Floor Cap Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY 40601, 800-838-3266,
Fax: 502-564-5932, Email: jkurz@mail.state.ky.us, www.state.ky.us/edc/kpp.htm
Louisiana
Sherrie Mullins, Louisiana Productivity Center, University of Southwest Louisiana, P.O. Box 44172, 241 E. Lewis St., Lafayette, LA 70504-4172, 318-482-6767, Fax: 318-262-5472, Email: sbm3321@usl.edu
Kelly Ford, Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center, Shreveport COC, 400 Edwards St., P.O. Box 20074, Shreveport, LA 71120-0074, 318-677-2529, Fax: 318-677-2534, Email: kmford@iamenca.net
Maine
Michael Robinson, Eastern Maine Development Corp., Market Development Center, One Cumberland Pl., Suite 300, P.O. Box 2579, Bangor, ME 04402-2579, 207-942-6389,
Fax: 207-942-3548, Email: mrobinson@emdc.org, www.mdcme.org
Maryland
Michael J. Wagoner, Inc., Tri County Council For Western Maryland, 111 S. George St., Cumberland, MD 21502, 301-777-2158, Fax: 301-777-2495
Massachusetts
No PTA awarded
Michigan
Sheila A. Auten, Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission, PTA Center, 1101 Beach St., Room 223, Flint, MI 48502-1470, 810-257-3010, Fax: 810-257-3185
Amy Reid, Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia, MI 48152-2696, 734-462-4400,
ext. 5309, Fax: 734-462-4439, Email: 2382@softshare.com, www.schoolcraft.cc.mi.us
Michael Black, Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce, SW & NE Michigan Technical Assistance Center, 346 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3737, 616-381-2977, ext. 3242,
Fax: 616-343-1151, Email: swmitac@iserv.net
Paula Boase, Downriver Community Conference, Economic Development, 15100 Northline,
Southgate, MI 48195, 734-281-0700, ext. 129, Fax: 734-281-3418
Janet E. Masi, Warren, Center Line, Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce, 30500 Van Dyke Ave., Suite 118, Warren, MI 48093, 810-751-3939, Fax: 810-751-3995, Email: jmasi@wcschamber.com , www.michigantac.org
Pamela Vanderlaan, West Central Michigan Employment and Training Consortium, PTA Center, 110 Elm St., Big Rapids, MI 49307, 616-796-4891, Fax: 616-796-8316
James F. Haslinger, Northwestern Michigan Council of Governments, PTA Center, P.O. Box 506, 2194 Dendrinos Dr., Traverse City, MI 49685-0506, 616-929-5036, Fax: 616-929-5012
Minnesota
George Johnson, Minnesota Project Innovation, Inc., Procurement Technical Assistance Center, 100 Mill Place, Suite 100, 111 Third Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2551, 612-347-6745, Fax: 612-349-2603, Email: gjohnson@mpi.org, www.mpi.org
Mississippi
Richard L. Speights, Mississippi Contract Procurement Center, Inc., 1636 Poppsferry Rd., Suite 229, Biloxi, MS 39532, 228-396-1288, Fax: 228-396-2520, Email: mprogoff@aol.com, www.mscpc.com
Missouri
Morris Hudson, The Curators of University of Missouri, Outreach & University Extension, 310 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, 573-882-3597, Fax: 573-884-4297
Guy M. Thomas, Missouri Southern State College, 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin, MO 64801-1595, 417-625-3001, Fax: 417-625-9782
Montana
James Ouldhouse, Big Sky Economic Development Authority, 2722 Third Ave., North
Suite 300 West, Billings, MT 59101-1931, 406-256-6871, Fax: 406-256-6877, Email: jewell@bigskyeda.org, Email: ouldhouse@bigskyeda.org
Nebraska
Jerry Dalton, Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Business Development Center, 1313 Farnam St., Suite 132, Omaha, NE 68182-0210, 402-595-3511, Fax: 402-595-3832
Nevada
Roger Tokarz, State of Nevada, Commission on Economic Development, 5151 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701, 702-687-1813, Fax: 702-687-4450
New Hampshire
Joseph Flynn, State of New Hampshire, Office of Business and Industrial Development, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd., Concord, NH 03302-1856, 603-271-2591, Fax: 603-271-6784, Email:
j-flynn@drred.state.nh.us, www.ded.state.nh.us/obid/ptac
New Jersey
John Fedkenheuer, County Economic Development Corp., PTA Program, 1085 Morris Ave., Suite 531, Lib Hall Center, Union, NJ 07083, 908-527-1166, Fax: 908-527-1207
Dolcey Chaplin, Foundation At New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), PTA Center, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102, 973-596-3105, Fax: 973-596-5806, Email: chaplin@admin.njit.edu, www.nyit.edu/DPTAC
New Mexico
Charles Marquez, State of New Mexico General Services Department, Procurement Assistance Program, 1100 St. Francis Dr., Room 2006, Santa Fe, NM 87503, 505-827-0425,
Fax: 505-827-0499, Email: cmarquez@state.nm.us
New York
Keith Cook, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, 370 E. 149th St., Bronx, NY 10455, 718-292-3113, Fax: 718-292-3115
Thomas M. Livak, Cattaraugus County, Department of Economic Development, Plan and Tour, 303 Court St., Little Valley, NY 14755, 716-938-9111, Fax: 716-938-9431
Solomon Soskin, Long Island Development Corporation, PTA Program, 255 Executive Dr., Plainview, NY 11803, 516-349-7800, Fax: 516-349-7881, Email: gov_contracts@lidc.org, www.lidc.org
Gordon Richards, New York City Department of Business Services, Procurement Outreach Program, 110 William St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038, 212-513-6472, Fax: 212-618-8899
Roberta J. Rodriquez, Rockland Economic Development Corporation, Procurement, One Blue Hill Plaza, Suite 1110, Pearl River, NY 10965-1575, 914-735-7040, Fax: 914-735-5736
North Carolina
Robert Truex, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Small Business and Tech Development Center, Room 300, Bynum Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4100, 919-715-7272, Fax: 919-715-7777, Email: rtruex@sbtdc.org
North Dakota
No PTA awarded
Ohio
Caretha Brown-Griffin, Community Improvement Corporation of Lake County Ohio, NE Ohio Government Contract Assistance Center Lake Erie, 391-W. Washington College, Painesville, OH 44077, 440-357-2294, Fax: 440-357-2296, Email: neogcac@lcedc.org
Connie S. Freeman, Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, Procure Outreach Center, 216 Collins Ave., P.O. Box 488, South Point, OH 45680-0488, 740-377-4550, Fax: 740-377-2091, Email: procure@zoomnet.net, www.zoomnet.net/~procure/
Oklahoma
C.L. Vache, Oklahoma Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education, Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network, 1500 W. Seventh Ave., Stillwater, OK 74074-4364, 405-743-5571, Fax: 405-743-6821
Roy Robert Gann, Jr., Tribal Government Institute, 421 E. Comanche, Suite B, Norman, OK 73071, 405-329-5542, Fax: 405-329-5543
Oregon
Jan Hurt, The Organization for Economic Initiatives, Government Contract Acquisition Program, 99 W. 10th Ave., Suite 330, Eugene, OR 97401, 541-344-3537, Fax: 541-687-4899
Pennsylvania
Joseph E. Hopkins, Mon-Valley Renaissance, CA University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California, PA 15419, 724-938-5881, Fax: 724-938-4575, Email: wojak@cup.edu
Richard A. Mihalic, NW Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, 614 Eleventh St., Franklin, PA 16323, 814-677-4800, Fax: 814-677-7663, Email: nwpaptac@nwpian.org
Chuck Burtyk, PIC of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc., Procurement Assistance Center, 531 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-836-2600, Fax: 724-836-8058, Email: cburtyk@sgi.net
Robert J. Murphy, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, Defense PAC, 111 Market St., Johnstown, PA 15901, 814-539-4951, Fax: 814-535-8677
Lawrence Barletta, Seda Council of Governments, RR 1, Box 372, Lewisburg, PA 17837,
570-524-4491, Fax: 570-524-9190, Email: sedapta@seda.cog.org, www.seda.cog.org
Thomas E. Wren, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton, SE-PA PTAP, 3733 Spruce St., Vance Hall, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6374, 215-898-1282, Fax: 215-573-2135
David Kern, Economic Development Council of Northeast Pennsylvania, Local Development District, 1151 Oak St., Pittston, PA 18640, 570-655-5581, Fax: 570-654-5137
Kerry A. Meehan, Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission, Economic/Community Development, 507 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848-1697, 570-265-9103, Fax: 570-265-7585, Email: meehan@northerntier.org, www.northerntier.org
Millicent Brown, West Chester University, Procurement Assistance Center, 211 Carter Dr., Suite E, West Chester, PA 19383, 610-436-3337, Fax: 610-436-2593, pac.btcwcu.org
Puerto Rico
Wilson Baez, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Economic Development Administration, 355 Roosevelt Ave., Hato Rey, PR 00918, 787-753-6861, Fax: 787-751-6239
Rhode Island
Michael H. Cunningham, Rhode Island Development Corporation, Business Expansion Division, One W. Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903, 401-277-2601, Fax: 401-277-2102, Email: mcunning@riedc.com
South Carolina
John M. Lenti, University of South Carolina, Frank L. Roddey SBDC of South Carolina, College of Business Administration, Columbia, SC 29208, 803-777-4907, Fax: 803-777-4403
South Dakota
No PTA awarded
Tennessee
Becky Peterson, Center for Industrial Services, University of Tennessee, 226 Capitol Blvd., Suite 606, Nashville, TN 37219-1804, 615-532-4906, Fax: 615-532-4937
Texas
Doug Nelson, Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, Economic Development Unit, P.O. Box 9257, Amarillo, TX 79105-9257, 806-372-3381, Fax: 806-373-3268
Rogerio Flores, University of Texas at Arlington, Automation and Robotics Research Institute, Office of President, Box 19125, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-5978, Fax: 817-272-5952
Rosalie Manzano, University of Texas at Brownsville ITSC, Center for Business and Economic Development, 1600 E. Elizabeth St., Brownsville, TX 78520, 956-548-8713, Fax: 956-548-8717
Carey Joan White, University of Houston, TIPS, 1100 Louisiana, Suite 500, Houston, TX 77204, 713-752-8466, Fax: 713-756-1515
Otilo Castellano, Texas Technical University, College of Business Administration, 203 Holder, Lubbock, TX 79409-1035, 806-745-1637, Fax: 806-745-6207
Thomas E. Breuer, Jr., Angelina College, Procurement Assistance Center, P.O. Box 1768, Lufkin, TX 75902-1768, 409-639-3678, Fax: 409-639-3863, Email: acpac@lcc.net, www.oecrc.org/acpac/
Terri L. Williams, San Antonio Procurement Outreach Program, Economic Development Department, P.O. Box 839966, San Antonio, TX 78283, 210-207-3910, Fax: 210-207-3909
Frank Delgado, El Paso Community College, Resource Development, P.O. Box 20500, El Paso, TX 79998, 915-831-4405, Fax: 915-831-4420
Utah
Johnny C. Bryan, Utah Department of Community and Economic Development, Utah Procurement Technical Assistance Center (UPTAC), 324 South State St., Suite 504, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, 801-538-8791, Fax: 801-538-8825
Virginia
James Regan, George Mason University, Entrepreneurship Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030, 703-277-7750, Fax: 703-352-8195, Email: ptap@gmu.edu, www.gmu.edu/gmu/PTAP
Dennis K. Morris, Crater Planning District Commission, Procurement Assistance Center, 1964 Wakefield St., P.O. Box 1808, Petersburg, VA 23805, 804-861-1667, Fax: 804-732-8972, Email: ptac111@aol.com
Glenda D. Calver, Southwestern Virginia Community College, Economic Development Division, P.O. Box SVCC, Richlands, VA 24641, 540-964-7334, Fax: 540-964-7575, www.sw.cc.va.us/pac.html
Vermont
Greg Lawson, State of Vermont, Dept. of Economic Development, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT 05609, 802-828-5237, Fax: 802-828-3258
Washington
Brent C. Helm, Economic Development Council of Snohomish County, 728 134th St., SW, Bldg. A, Suite 219, Everett, WA 98204, 425-743-4567, Fax: 425-745-5563, Email: ptac@snoedc.org, www.snoedc.org/patc/html
West Virginia
R. Conley Salyer, Regional Contracting Assistance Center, Inc., 1116 Smith St., Suite 202, Charleston, WV 25301, 304-344-2546, Fax: 304-344-2574, www.rcacwv.com
Belinda Sheridan, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, PTA Center, P.O. Box 5528, Parkersburg, WV 26105, 304-428-6889, Fax: 304-428-6891, Email: ptac@access.mountain.net
Wisconsin
Denise Kornetzke, Madison Area Technical College, Small Business PAC, 211 North Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703, 608-258-2350, Fax: 608-258-2329, http://bpac.madison.tec.wi.us
Joseph W. Hurst, Wisconsin Procurement Institute, Inc., 756 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee, WI 53202, 414-443-9744, Fax: 414-443-1122, Email: wispro@execpc.com
Wyoming
No PTA awarded in this state
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State Procurement Assistance
Have you ever wondered where the government buys all of the products that it works with each day? You might be surprised to learn that they buy from small businesses just like yours that produce products such as:
* Work clothing
* Office supplies
* Cleaning equipment
* Miscellaneous vehicles
* Medical supplies and equipment
Imagine what your bottom line could look like each year if you won just ONE lucrative government contract that would provide your business with a secure income! It might even buy you the freedom to pursue other clients that you wouldn't have the time or money to go after otherwise. If your business performs well and completes a government contract satisfactorily, chances are you'll have a shot at more and maybe even bigger contracts. The offices listed below are starting places for finding out who in the state government will purchase your products or services.
State Procurement Offices:
Alabama

Finance Department, Purchasing Division, 100 N. Union, Suite 192, Montgomery, AL 36104,
334-242-7250, Fax: 334-242-4419, www.purchasing.state.al.us
Alaska
State of Alaska, Department of Administration, Division of General Services, P.O. Box 110210, Juneau, AK 99811-0210, 907-465-2250, Fax: 907-465-2189, www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/ADMIN/dgs/home.htm
Arizona
State Procurement Office, 15 S. 15th Ave., Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-542-5511, Fax: 602-542-5508, http://sporas.ad.state.az.us
Arkansas
Office of State Purchasing, P.O. Box 2940, Little Rock, AR 72203, 501-324-9316,
Fax: 501-324-9311
California
Office of Procurement, Department of General Services, 1823 14th St., Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-445-6942, Fax: 916-323-4609, www.td.dgs.ca.gov/
Colorado
Division of Purchasing, 225 E. 16th Ave., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203, 303-866-6100,
Fax: 303-894-7444, www.gssa.state.co.us
Connecticut
State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services, Bureau of Purchases, 165 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106, 860-713-5095, Fax: 860-713-7484, www.das.state.ct.us/busopp.htm
Delaware
Purchasing Division, Purchasing Bldg., P.O. Box 299, Delaware City, DE 19706, 302-834-4550, Fax: 302-836-7642, www.state.de.us/purchase
District of Columbia
Office of Contracts and Procurement, 441 4th St. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20001,
202-727-0252, Fax: 202-724-5673, www.ci.washington.dc.us
Florida
General Service Department, Division of Purchasing, 4050 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0950, 850-488-5498, http://purchasing.state.us/
Georgia
Administrative Services Department, 200 Piedmont Ave., Room 1308 SE, Atlanta, GA 30334,
404-656-3240, Fax: 404-651-6963, www.doas.state.ga.us
Hawaii
Purchasing Branch, Purchasing and Supply Division, Department of Accounting and General Services, Room 416, 1151 Punch Bowl St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-586-0575,
Fax: 808-586-0570, www.state.hi.us/icsd/dags/spo.html
Idaho
Division of Purchasing, Administration Department, 5569 Kendall St., State House Mall, Boise, ID 83720, 208-327-7465, Fax: 208-327-7320, www.state.id.us/adm/purchasing
Illinois
Department of Central Management Services, Procurement Services, 801 Stratton Bldg., Springfield, IL 62706, 217-782-2301, Fax: 217-782-5187, www.state.il.us/cms
Indiana
Department of Administration, Procurement Division, 402 W. Washington St., Room W-468, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-232-3032, Fax: 317-232-7213, www.state.in.us/idoa/proc
Iowa
State of Iowa, Department of General Services, Purchasing Division, Hoover State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319, 515-281-3089, Fax: 515-242-5974,
www.state.ia.us/government/dgs/csap/purhome/business.htm
Kansas
Division of Purchasing, Room 102 North, Landon State Office Bldg., 900 SW Jackson St., Topeka, KS 66612, 785-296-2376, Fax: 785-296-7240, http://da.state.ks.us/purch
Kentucky
Purchases, Department of Finance, Room 367, Capital Annex, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-564-4510, Fax: 502-564-7209, http://purch.state.ky.us
Louisiana
State Purchasing Office, Division of Administration, P.O. Box 94095, Baton Rouge,
LA 70804-9095, 225-342-8010, Fax: 225-342-8688, www.doa.state.la.us/osp/osp.htm
Maine
Bureau of Purchases, State House Station #9, Augusta, ME 04333, 207-287-3521,
Fax: 207-287-6578, http://janus.state.me.us/purchase
Maryland
Purchasing Bureau, 301 W. Preston St., Mezzanine, Room M8, Baltimore, MD 21201,
410-767-4600, Fax: 410-333-5482, www.dgs.state.md.us
Massachusetts
Purchasing Agent Division, One Ashburton Place, Room 1017, Boston, MA 02108, 617-727-7500, Fax: 617-727-4527, www.comm-pass.com
Michigan
Office of Purchasing, Mason Bldg., P.O. Box 30026, Lansing, MI 48909 or 530 W. Ellegan, 48933,
517-373-0330, Fax: 517-335-0046, www.state.mi.us/dmd/oop
Minnesota
State of Minnesota, Department of Administration, Suite 112, Administration Building, 50 Sherburne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-296-6152, Fax: 651-297-3996, www.mmd.admin.state.mn.us
Mississippi
Office of Purchasing and Travel, 1504 Sillers Bldg., 550 High St., Suite 1504, Jackson, MS 39201, 601-359-3409, Fax: 601-359-3910, www.dfa.state.ms.us
Missouri
State of Missouri, Division of Purchasing, P.O. Box 809, Jefferson City, MO 65102, 573-751-2387, Fax: 573-751-2387, www.oa.state.mo.us/purch/bids.htm
Montana
Department of Administration, Procurement Division, 165 Mitchell Bldg., Helena, MT 59620-0135, 406-444-2575, Fax: 406-444-2529, www.state.mt.us/doa/ppd
Nebraska
State Purchasing Division, 301 Centennial Mall S., P.O. Box 94847, Lincoln, NE 68509,
402-471-2401, Fax: 402-471-2089, www.nol.org/home/DASMAT
Nevada
Nevada State Purchasing Division, 209 E. Musser St., Room 304, Blasdel Bldg., Carson City, NV 89710, 702-684-0170, Fax: 702-684-0188, www.state.nv.us/purchasing/
New Hampshire
State Purchasing Department, 25 Capitol St., State House Annex, Room 102, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-2201, Fax: 603-271-2700, www.state.nh.us/das/purchasing/index.html
New Jersey
Division of Purchase and Property, P.O. Box 039, Trenton, NJ 08625, 609-292-4886,
Fax: 609-984-2575, www.state.nj.us/treasury/purchase
New Mexico
State Purchasing Division, 1100 St. Frances Dr., Room 2016, Joseph Montoya Bldg., Santa Fe, NM 87503, 505-827-0472, Fax: 505-827-2484, www.state.nm.us/spd
New York
Division of Purchasing, Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, 38th Floor, Albany, NY 12242,
518-474-3695, Fax: 518-486-6099, www.ogs.state.ny.us
North Carolina
Department of Administration, Division of Purchase and Contract, 116 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC, 27603-8002, 919-733-3581, Fax: 919-733-4782, www.state.nc.us/pandc/
North Dakota
Central Services Division of State Purchasing, Purchasing, 600 E Boulevard, I Wing, Bismarck, ND, 58505-0420, 701-328-2683, Fax: 701-328-1615, www.state.nd.us/centserv
Ohio
State Purchasing, 4200 Surface Rd., Columbus, OH 43228-1395, 614-466-4635,
Fax: 614-466-2059, www.gsa.ohio.gov/gsa/ods/pur/pur.html
Oklahoma
Office of Public Affairs, Central Purchasing Division, Suite 116, Rogers Bldg., 2401 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, 405-521-2110, Fax: 405-521-4475, www.dcs.state.ok.us
Oregon
General Services, Purchasing and Print Services Division, 1225 Ferry St., Salem, OR 97310,
503-378-4643, Fax: 503-373-1626, www.tpps.das.state.or.us/purchasing
Pennsylvania
Procurement Department Secretary, N. Office Bldg., Room 414, Commonwealth and North St., Harrisburg, PA 17125, 717-787-5733, Fax: 717-783-6241, www.dgs.state.pa.us
Rhode Island
Department of Administration, Purchases Office, One Capital Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5855, 401-222-2317, Fax: 401-222-6387, www.purchasing.state.ri.us
South Carolina
Materials Management Office, General Service Budget and Control Board, 1201 Main St., Suite 600, Columbia, SC 29201, 803-737-0600, Fax: 803-737-0639, www.state.sc.us/mmo/mmo/
South Dakota
Division of Purchasing, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, 605-773-3405, Fax: 605-773-4840, www.state.sd.us/boa
Tennessee
Department of General Services, Division of Purchasing, Third Floor, Tennessee Towers, 312 8th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37243-0557, 615-741-1035, Fax: 615-741-0684, www.state.tn.us/generalser/purchasing
Texas
State Purchasing and General Services Commission, P.O. Box 13047, Austin, TX 78711,
512-463-3445, Fax: 512-463-7073, www.gsc.state.tx.us
Utah
Purchasing Division, Department of Administrative Services, State Office Bldg., Room 3150, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, 801-538-3026, Fax: 801-538-3882, www.purchasing.state.ut.us
Vermont
Purchasing and Contract Administration Division, 128 State St., Drawer 33, Montpelier, VT
05633-7501, 802-828-2211, Fax: 802-828-2222, www.bgf.state.vt.us/pca
Virginia
Department of General Services, Purchasing Division, P.O. Box 1199, Richmond, VA 23209,
804-786-3842, Fax: 804-371-8936, www.dgs.state.va.us/dps
Washington
Office of State Procurement, Suite 201, General Admin Building, 210 11th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA 98504-1017, 360-902-7400, Fax: 360-586-2426, www.ga.wa.gov/proc.htm
West Virginia
Department of Administration, Purchasing Section, Building 15, 2019 Washington St. East, Charleston, WV 25305-0110, 304-558-2306, Fax: 304-558-6026, www.state.wv.us/admin/purchase
Wisconsin
Division of State Agency Services, Bureau of Procurement, 101 E. Wilson, 6th Floor, P.O. Box 7867, Madison, WI 53707-7867, 608-266-2605, Fax: 608-267-0600, http://vendornet.state.wi.us
Wyoming
Department of Administration, Procurement Services, 2001 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307-777-7253, Fax: 307-777-5852, www.state.wy.us
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Job Placement Assistance for Displaced Workers
The Twin Towers Job Center has been created to help those who have been displaced or unemployed as a result of the World Trade Center tragedy. Individuals seeking a temporary or permanent job as a result of the disaster or needing other employment-related assistance may call the Job Assistance Hotline (weekdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or visit one of the two job center branches. Employers wishing to post job listings may enter information directly into the Twin Towers Jobs database by visiting the website. Contact Twin Towers Job Center, 68-46 91st Avenue in Jamaica, Queens (accessible via E or F train), 180 Water Street in Manhattan (accessible via 2,3, A, or E trains), Job Assistance Hotline: 718-557-1332; {www.twintowersjobs.org}.
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Excused Absence and Assistance to Federal Employees Affected by the Attacks
The Office of Personnel Management has set policies for those government workers affected by the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon. Depending on the situation, some workers can be excused from duty without charge to leave or loss of pay. Call 202-606-2858 or email payleave@opm.gov. Workers compensation benefits are available in the case where Federal employees who were injured or killed in the attacks, with expedited benefits. For information call 202-606-0788. The President has directed OPM to establish an emergency leave transfer program to assist employees affected by the disaster. Employees in an executive agency will be permitted to donate unused annual leave for transfer to employees who need additional time off from work without having to use their own paid leave. Forms for donating and receiving leave are at {www.opm.gov/oca/leave/html/formindex.htm} . Contact Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20415; 202-606-1800; {E-Mail: netmail@opm.gov}; {www.opm.gov}; {www.opm.gov/oca/COMPMEMO/2001/2001-08.htm (memo from OPM)}.
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Free Career Services for Metro DC Residents
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) offers top quality mental health services, home health and hospice care, career services, adoption services and more. Non-sectarian services are available in convenient locations throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. JSSA will work with clients/schools/ organizations for the short term and can link people to long-term resources. Contact Main Office of JSSA, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852; Contact: Suzanne Alderman 301-816-2683.
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Free Vocational Counseling and Job Placement for Women
Women's Opportunity Center of the YMCA provides a variety of services for women who have lost emotional or financial support as the result of separation, divorce, death, or disability of a spouse. The services include educational and vocational counseling, interest and aptitude testing, community referrals, job search skills (resume writing), job placement assistance, life skills, empowerment, and computer classes. Contact Women's Opportunity Center YMCA, 5001 Centerton Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054; 856-234-6200 ext.224.
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Job Placement Assistance for Employees of World Trade Center
New York City and New York State are offering job placement assistance to those affected by the World Trade Center disaster. Employers wishing to post job listings can enter job information directly into the Twin Towers Jobs database or by calling 212-845-5310. Individuals requiring employment assistance should first contact the Twin Towers Job Assistance Hotline at 718-557-1332. The following Twin Towers Job Link Centers provide job search and employment services: access to fax machines, the internet, resume preparation and access to available jobs through the Twin Towers Job database. Contact:
-Twin Towers Job Link Center - Queens
168-46 91st. Avenue, Jamaica, New York, 718-557-6755
-Lower Manhattan Center, 180 Waters Street, 1st Floor, New York, New York, 212-331-4921
-Midtown Manhattan Center, 247 West 54th Street, 4th Floor, New York, New York 10019,
212-621-0727
-{www.twintowersjobs.org/ttj/portal/main.asp}
For assistance using the web site call 212-331-4171
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Free Website for Displaced Lawyers
MicroLaw is a firm that provides automation services to law firms. They have developed a comprehensive web site with a variety of organizations and links to websites to help the 14,000 displaced attorneys in the New York City area. The website includes a clearinghouse of information about replacing computer systems, recovering data and reestablishing a law practice. It also provides a list of volunteers to help with legal technology, disaster recovery and resources for rebuilding. Contact MicroLaw, 825 S. 60th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214; 877-378-7498; {E-Mail: rkodher@microlaw.com}; {www.microlaw.com}; {www.microlaw.com/nyrelief/index.htm}.
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Free Suits for Women to Wear on Job Interviews
Dress for Success is a nonprofit organization that helps low income women make the "tailored" transition into the workforce. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a second suit when she gets the job. The Dress for Success Professional Women's Group program then provides on-going support to help the client build a successful career. Dress for Success has sites in 30 cities across the United States. Contact Dress for Success, 130 W 30th Street #501, New York, NY 10001; 212-545-DSNY; Fax: 212-629-6709; {E-Mail: newyork@dressforsuccess.org}; {www.dressforsuccess.org}.
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Free Interview Clothing for Men
Career Gear is a national nonprofit organization offering interview clothing to men in need. They have several offices in the United States and also offer career counseling and workshops. Contact Career Gear, 11 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001; 212-273-1194; Fax: 212-273-1196; {E-Mail: info@careergear.org}; {www.careergear.org}.
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Employment Information for NYC Union Members
The New York City Central Labor Council brings together more than 375 local unions from every trade, occupation and sector of the New York economy. The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, has a Labor Support Center to provide information, referrals and assistance to all working families affected by the World Trade Center disaster. You should call the Center if: You have lost your job due to this tragedy, or need information on workers' compensation, unemployment insurance or temporary employment or if you are in need of counseling, such as grief or trauma management or need help locating services to meet your needs. Labor Support Hotline; 800-506-0036.
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Money To Train For A Job You Love
(Senior Community Service Employment)(Title V - 17.235)
Title V of the Older Americans Act offers a special program for the elderly who are in search of employment. This program offers part-time training and employment opportunities for low income persons 55 years of age and older in a variety of public or private nonprofit community service settings, such as senior centers, nutrition programs, social service agencies, libraries, environmental projects, and many others. The program provides older persons with minimum wage income and with the opportunity to acquire new skills or upgrade the ones they already have. The program also helps enrollees make an easier transition to the private job market through training, job finding, support, and counseling.
Typical program participants work at jobs such as:
activities coordinator, janitor, bookkeeper, mechanic, cashier, museum guard, clerk typist, park ranger, custodian, receptionist, data entry clerk, salesperson, day care worker, school aide, driver, security guard, food service worker, teacher's aide, grounds keeper.
You can be making up to $30,000 a year and still be eligible for this program. In 1996, 67,000 jobs were subsidized with $410,500,000 obligated exclusively for this program. For more information about the Senior Community Service Employment Program, contact Office of Special Targeted Programs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N4641, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-5500.
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Job Training Programs Just For Seniors
(Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) - 17.250)
The Job Training Partnership program trains and places older workers in full-time and part-time jobs with private businesses. Program participants not only receive experience on a job, but also an opportunity to develop valuable employment skills and good work habits. Additional services available to older workers in this program include employment counseling, resume writing help, job searches, and classroom training. Participating businesses who hire JTPA graduates receive financial and tax incentives for doing so. To be eligible for employment assistance, you just need to be facing some obstacles in finding adequate employment. Over 420,000 total participants will be served with $1,054,813,000 set aside to fund the program. To learn more about JTPA, contact your state office listed below or contact the Office of Job Training Programs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room N4459, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-6236.
State Listings:
The offices listed below will help direct you to job training programs for older workers in your area. They are also great sources for information about general assistance programs for the elderly.
Alabama
-Commission on Aging, 770 Washington Ave., RSA Plaza, Suite 470, Montgomery, AL 36130,
334-242-5743
This office can refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area and general programs and benefits available to older Americans. Call the National Council on Senior Citizens, 1331 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004; 202-347-8800 for regional help with Title V through the Senior Aides Program. The National Caucus on Black Aging, 908 South Hull, Suite 115, Montgomery, AL 36104; 334-265-1451, can give you regional assistance with Title V in nine counties, including Montgomery.
-Department of Economic and Community Affairs, 401 Adams Ave., P.O. Box 5690, Montgomery, AL 36103-5690, 334-242-5300
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Alaska
-Older Alaskans Commissions, P.O. Box 110209, Juneau, AK 99811 or 333 Willoughby Ave., Juneau, AK 99801, 907-465-3250,, 907-465-4873
These offices can refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area, and give you information on other programs and benefits available to older Americans.
-Department of Community and Regional Affairs, 150 Third St., P.O. Box 112100, Juneau, AK 99811-2100, 907-465-4814
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Arizona
-Department of Economic Security, Aging and Adult Administration, 950A, 1789 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-542-4446
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. They can also send you the free resource guide, Senior Pages, and information about other programs and benefits available to older Americans.
Arkansas
-Arkansas Division of Aging and Adult Services, P.O Box 1437, Slot 1412, Little Rock, AR 72203, 501-682-2441, 501-682-8525
This office can refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area. By calling the Arkansas Able program, 200 S. University, Suite 205, Little Rock, AR 72205; 501-660-4110, you can also get more information on senior employment opportunities.
-JTPA, Department of Labor, 500 West Markham, 220 West Wing, Little Rock, AR 72201,
501-371-4484
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
California
-California Department of Aging, Administrative Services Branch, Senior Employment (Title V) Section, 1600 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-323-0217
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area and to regional Private Industry Council offices (phone 1-800-FOR-A-JOB) for employment information. They will also send you fact sheets on Title V, JTPA, and Older Workers.
-JTPA, State of California, Employment Development Department, 750 N St., Mic 69, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-654-7110
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area, and provide you with information on programs and benefits available to older Americans.
Colorado
-Governors Job Training Office, 720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 550, Denver, CO 80222,
303-758-5020
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Connecticut
-Department of Social Services, Elderly Services Division, 175 Main St., Hartford, CT 06106,
800-443-9946, 860-424-5274
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. They can also give you information on the Older Worker Support Network for employment and training programs for low-income persons aged 55 and older (state funded program).
Delaware
-Division of Aging, Health and Social Services Department, 1901 North DuPont Hwy., Main Building, 2nd Floor Annex, New Castle, DE 19720, 302-577-4660, ext. 24
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. They also have information on the Career Exploration Program, Prime Time, a program for workers who are 55 and older to provide workshops, training and job placement assistance. (2516 W. 4th St., Wilmington, DE 29805; 302-573-2474).
District of Columbia
-DC Office on Aging, 441 4th St., NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20001, 202-724-5622,
202-724-3662
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. They also have information on the Over 60 Employment programs.
-Department of Employment Service, 500 C St. NW, Room 327, Washington, DC 20001,
202-724-7073
This office will refer you to the Senior Aid Program which can in turn refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Florida
-Aging and Adult Services, 1317 Winewood, Building 2, Room 323, Tallahassee, FL 32399,
850-488-8922
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Georgia
-Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, 2 Peachtree St., 18th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-657-5258, 404-657-5330
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Hawaii
-Executive Office on Aging, Office of the Governor, 335 Merchant St., Suite 241, Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-586-0100
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
-Office of Employment and Training, Department of Labor, 830 Punchbowl, Room 316, Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-586-9054 or 808-586-9055
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
Idaho
-Office on Aging, Statehouse, Room 108, 700 W. Jefferson, Boise, ID 83720, 208-334-3833
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area (free brochures are available). The Elder Care Locator provides community services, including local employment contacts (800-677-1116). Also, an Older Worker Employment Program staff listing is available.
Illinois
-Department on Aging, 421 East Capitol Ave., Springfield, IL 62701, 217-785-0117,
800-252-8966
This office will refer you to Area Agencies on Aging that can in turn provide you with Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, 620 East Adams, Springfield, IL 62701,
217-782-7500, 217-785-6006
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Indiana
-Disability, Rehabilitation and Aging Services, Family and Social Services Administration, 402 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46207, 317-232-7000, 317-232-7459
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Iowa
-Department of Elder Affairs, 200 10th St., 3rd Floor, Des Moines, IA 50309, 515-281-5187
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Kansas
-Department of Aging, Docking State Office Building, 1st Floor, 915 SW Harrison, Room 150, Topeka, KS 66612, 913-296-4986
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. They can also refer you to the Older Kansans Employment Program (same services as JTPA, but is state funded) sites in your area. Three other programs receive local or private funds for job referral and training: New Directions Program, Services for Seniors, Inc., and Project EARN. Ask for the free booklet, Employment Services for Workers 55 and Over.
Kentucky
-Aging Services Division, Department for Social Services, 275 East Main St., 6th Floor W., Frankfort, KY 40621, 502-564-6930
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area. The free booklet, Senior Community Service Employment Program, will explain the benefits under this program.
-JTPA Coordinator, Cabinet for Human Resources, Department for Employment Services, 275 East Main St., Frankfort, KY 40621, 502-564-5360
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Louisiana
-Office of Elderly Affairs, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 80374, Baton Rouge, LA 70898,
504-925-1700
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. Ask for the free fact sheet on employment programs.
Maine
-Bureau of Maine's Elderly, Department of Human Services, 11 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, 207-624-5335
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
Maryland
-Maryland Office on Aging, 301 Preston St., Room 1004, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-225-1102, 800-AGE-DIAL
This office will refer you to Senior Information and Assistance Offices in each county that can in turn refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. Be sure to ask for the free booklet, Senior Information and Assistance on Benefits and Services for Older Persons.
Massachusetts
-Executive Office of Elder Affairs, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617-727-7750,
800-882-2003
This office will refer you to special employment services in the area.
Michigan
-Office of Services to the Aging, P.O. Box 30026, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-373-4068
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-Michigan Job Team, 201 N. Washington Square, Victor Office Center, 4th Floor, Lansing, MI 48913, 517-373-6227
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Minnesota
-Minnesota Board on Aging, Human Service Building, 4th Floor, 444 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-296-2770, 800-456-8519
This office will refer you to general programs and services for older Americans in your area.
-Program Specialist, Community Based Services, Department of Jobs and Training, 390 N. Robert St., Room 125, St. Paul, MN 55101, 651-297-1054
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)) sites in your area.
Missouri
-Division of Aging, Department of Social Services, P.O. Box 1337, Jefferson City, MO 65102,
314-751-3082
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-Division of Job Development and Training, P.O. Box 1087, Jefferson City, MO 65102,
314-751-7896, 800-877-8698
This office will refer you to Experienced Worker Program (JTPA) sites in your area.
Montana
-Green Thumb, Box 2587, Great Falls, MT 59403, 406-761-4821
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-Montana JTP, Inc., 302 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 409, Helena, MT 59601, 406-444-1309
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
-Aging Coordinator, Governor's Office on Aging, P.O. Box 8005, Helena, MT 59604, 406-444-7787
This office will refer you to programs and benefits available to older Americans, including job training.
Nebraska
-Department on Aging, 301 Centennial Mall S., P.O. Box 95044, Lincoln, NE 68509, 402-471-2306
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. They'll also refer you to Older Worker Initiatives in Nebraska.
Nevada
-AARP, 330 W. Washington, Suite 10, Las Vegas, NV 89106, 702-648-3356
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-Nevada Business Services, 930 W. Owens, N. Las Vegas, NV 89106, 702-647-4929
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
-Division for Aging Services, 340 N. 11th St., Suite 203, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-486-3545
This office will refer you to general programs and benefits available to older Americans.
New Hampshire
-AARP, P.O. Box 398, Main and Grove Sts., North Conway, NH 03860, 603-356-3117,
800-652-8808
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area. They will also send you free copies of the New Hampshire Older Worker Employment Network Directory and the Senior Employment Program brochure.
-Job Training Council, 64 Old Suncook Rd., Concord, NH 03301-5134, 800-772-7001 (NH only), 603-228-9500
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
-Division of Elderly and Adult Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 115 Pleasant St., Annex Bldg., #1, State Office Park South, Concord, NH 03301-3843, 603-271-4680
This office will refer you to general programs and benefits available to older Americans.
New Jersey
-New Jersey Division on Aging, Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad St., CN 807, Trenton, NJ 08625, 609-292-4833
This office will refer you to Senior Citizens Information and Referral Service (800-792-8820) and your Area Agency on Aging that in turn can refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area. This office also has information on ACTION programs that offer volunteer opportunities through the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP). Ask for the free guide, Federal Programs for Older Persons.
-Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, Division of Personnel, Recruitment Unit, 440 East State St., CN 408, Trenton, NJ 08625-0408,609-984-3816
This office will refer you to Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEEP) sites in your area.
-New Jersey Department of Labor, Workforce New Jersey, CN 055, Trenton, NJ 08625-0055,
609-292-5005
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
New Mexico
-State Agency on Aging, 228 East Palace Ave., 4th Floor, Santa Fe, NM 87503, 505-827-7640, 800-432-2080
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area (free brochure available).
-State Department of Labor, Job Training Division, 1596 Pacheco St., Santa Fe, NM 87504,
505-827-6827
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
New York
-State Office For the Aging, 2 Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-0001, 518-474-4425,
518-474-1946, 800-342-9871
This office will refer you to local offices for the aging that in turn can refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area (free briefing books available).
North Carolina
-Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging, 693 Palmer Dr., Raleigh, NC 27626-2531, 919-733-3983
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area. A free program description and history is available.
-Department of Commerce, Division of Employment and Training, 111 Seaboard Ave., Raleigh, NC 27604, 919-733-6383
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
North Dakota
-Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, 1929 North Washington, Bismarck, ND 58501, 701-328-2577, 800-755-8521
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
-Green Thumb, 1424 West Century Ave., P.O. Box 7068, Bismarck, ND 58501, 701-258-8879
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
Ohio
-Department of Aging, 50 West Broad St., 9th Floor, Columbus, OH 43266-0501, 614-466-5500, 614-466-1242
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-JTPA Division, Ohio Employment Service Division, 145 S. Front St., P.O. Box 1618, Columbus, OH 43216-1618, 614-466-3817
This office will refer you to local contacts for Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Oklahoma
-Employment Security Commission, 1401 N. Lincoln, Will Rogers Building, Room 408, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, 405-557-5328
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
-Department of Human Services, Aging Services, 312 NE 28th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73125, 405-521-2327
This office will refer you to programs and benefits available to older Americans, and information on the Older Americans Act.
Oregon
-Department of Human Services, Senior and Disabled Services Division, 500 Summer St., NE, Salem, OR 97310, 503-945-5811
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-JTPA, State Economic Development, 775 Summer St., NE, Salem, OR 97310, 503-373-1995
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Pennsylvania
-Department of Aging, 400 Market St., State Office Building, 6th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717-783-1550, 717-783-6007
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Employment Services and Training, 7th and Forster Sts., 11th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-783-0142, This office will refer you to a local contact who in turn can refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Rhode Island
-Department of Elderly Affairs, 160 Pine St., Providence, RI 02903, 401-277-6157
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
South Carolina
-Governors Office, Division on Aging, 202 Arbor Lake Dr., Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29223,
803-737-7500
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area. They also have information on Operation Able, a worker/job match service.
-JTPA SAU, Employment Security Commission, P.O. Box 1406, Columbia, SC 29202,
803-737-2611
This office will refer you to local contacts that in turn can refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
South Dakota
-Green Thumb, 120 S. Indiana, Sioux Falls, SD 57101, 605-332-7991
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-JTPA, Department of Labor, 700 Governors Dr., Pierre, SD 57501-2291, 605-773-5017
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Tennessee
-Commission on Aging, Andrew Jackson State Office Bldg., 9th Floor, 500 Deadrick St.
Nashville, TN 37243-0860, 615-741-2056
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-JTPA, Department of Labor, 4th Floor, Gateway Plaza, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243-0658, 615-741-1031
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Texas
-Senior Texans Employment Program, P.O. Box 7186, Waco, TX 76714, 817-776-4700
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area. Texas also has a state funded program identical to Title V that provides the elderly with job training.
Utah
-Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services, 120 North 200 West, Room 401, 4th Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84103, 801-538-3910
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area. Call Senior Employment, 2001 S. State St., #S1500, Salt Lake City, UT 84190; 801-468-2785, for additional Title V program assistance. Ask for a free copy of the Senior Resource Directory, which includes referral numbers for numerous older worker programs.
-JTPA, Economic Development and Training Division, 2001 South State, S1600, Salt Lake City, UT, 84190-3730, 801-468-3247
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Vermont
-Department of Aging and Disabilities, Waterbury, VT 05671-2301, 802-241-2400
This office will refer you to employment resources.
-Vocational Rehabilitation, Senior Community Service Employment Program, 103 S. Main St., Waterbury, VT 05671, 802-241-2184
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Programs (Title V) in your area.
Virginia
-Department For the Aging, 700 East Franklin St., 10th Floor, Richmond, VA 23230,
804-225-2271
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area. Ask for a Title V and JTPA directory with complete list of local contacts.
Washington
-Employment Security Department, Employment and Training Division, P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98506-9046, 360-438-4643
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
West Virginia
-Commission on Aging, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305-0160, 304-558-3317
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
-JTPA, Employment Services, States College University System, 1018 Kanawha Blvd. E, Suite 700,
Charleston, WV 25301, 304-558-5922
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) sites in your area.
Wisconsin
-Division of Jobs, Employment, and Training Services, Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, P.O. Box 7972, Madison, WI 53707, 608-266-6886
This office will refer you to Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
Wyoming
-Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc., 413 West 18th St., Cheyenne, WY 82001, 307-635-1245
This office will refer you to Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) sites in your area.
-Department of Health, Division on Aging, 139 Hathaway Building, Cheyenne, WY 82002,
307-777-7986
This office will refer you to programs and benefits available to older Americans.
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Separated, Divorced, Widowed Women Get Free Help From 1200 Offices
Single mothers deserve respect, as does any woman who suddenly needs to become a principal breadwinner for her family. It's a leap of faith, but looking for career opportunities has never been easier for women than it is today. There are over 1,200 offices across the country that provide job training for single moms and other women who need to start making money because of dramatic changes in their lives due to:
* separation
* divorce
* widowhood
* loss of public assistance
* a husband's long term unemployment or disability
Women Work! is a national network of over 1500 programs sponsored by the National Network for Women's Employment. Services are available to all women, but especially those who are widowed, divorced, homeless, battered, or abandoned. Most programs provide career training, job search, and counseling services. What else? Other types of assistance include:
* safe havens
* support networks
* ways to become self-sufficient
* improved self esteem
* connections to employers
* financial management skills
* counseling
* workshops
* skills training
* job placement assistance
* internships
* tuition assistance
Funded by federal and state money, community resources, and private contributions, these programs are often located in women's centers, local YWCAs, community colleges, universities, and vocational education institutions. Women Work! maintains the most up-to-date catalog of programs in your area.
Some of the programs have included:
Learn Computers In New York City
In New York, the YWCA Reentry Employment Program - in Manhattan - is only one of a number of locations throughout the state where women can receive comprehensive computer and business training. These women are not just learning to finger a keyboard, but acquiring real marketable skills, such as accounting principles, Lotus 1 2 3, business English, problem solving, and job interviewing techniques. They also sponsor a number of seminars designed to help women find jobs in today's complex job market.
Women Auto Mechanics In Rochester, NY
Women, ranging in age from the late teens to 40-something, have enrolled in the Automotive Technology for Women Program at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, a two or three year program - depending on whether you are enrolled on a part or full time basis. Whichever route you choose, you'll spend a lot of time under the hood of an automobile. Ford, GM, Nissan and Toyota dealerships in the Rochester area participate by offering paid summer job opportunities to participants of the program. Upon successful completion of this program, you will have an Associates Degree in Automotive Technology and be eligible to take the eight tests required to become a certified master automotive technician.
Women Construction Workers In Illinois
In Illinois, several Building Opportunity Programs are available around the state to help qualified participants enter vocational training programs and explore non-traditional career paths. They may not always be the glamour jobs, but they certainly pay better. Participants get help registering for classes, and can attend self esteem workshops, hear guest speaker programs, or get expert advice on finding study time as a single parent. Above all, the program offers valuable job development and placement services. For those who need it, financial assistance may be available to help pay for transportation, child care, and books.
Truck Driving In Arizona
The Arizona Women Employment and Education (AWEE) Program trains women to develop job skills that emphasize and expand on their natural talents. Existing skills and personal interests are assessed, then women are placed in programs for which they are most suited. They are encouraged to explore non-traditional careers for women - such as truck driving - or to become electricians, plumbers, or construction workers. These jobs often pay four or more times what a woman might earn as a secretary, and that's an important consideration to women who are the sole wage earner in their family. Not only can women receive employment and career training, but they can also attend "Fresh Start" days at the Sheraton Ritz Hair Consultants and learn how to look professional on a limited budget. AWEE sponsors lectures by guest speakers, lunch, and hands-on sessions at the salon. One 19-year-old displaced mother of three young boys received a haircut, highlighting, and makeover through this program. AWEE also helped a 42-year-old divorced mother of four children, two of whom are still at home, pursue her lifelong ambition of becoming a nurse. She was awarded Scholar of the Year. Women Work! has a number of publications to help displaced homemakers and other women seeking job training dollars. In addition to individual publications on such topics as career options for younger women and programs for displaced homemakers, members can order special discount packages on multiple books and booklets that explain various state and federal targeted employment programs for women. For additional information, call toll free: 800-235-2732, Women Work!, National Network for Women's Employment, 1625 K St., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006
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Free Computer and Computer Training
In 1997, over 75% of those with incomes over $75,000 had a home computer but only 23% of those making less than $25,000 had home computers according to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration {www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/net2/charts.html}.
There are hundreds of organizations helping families so they will not fall through the net. Tech Corps of Georgia (2801 R. N. Martin St., East Point, GA 30344; 404-768-9990; {www.techcorpsga.org}) provides refurbished computers and training to low income families with school age children for a very low cost. Mindshare Collaborative in Massachusetts recycles computers for nonprofits who work with kids, those physically impaired or adults trying to get a job {www.citysource.com/mindshare/}.
If you have trouble finding a local center near you, there is an association of these organizations called: Community Technology Centers' Network, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02158; 617-969-7100, ext. 2727; Fax: 617-332-4318; {www.ctcnet.org}.
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Government Hires Retirees For Special Projects
(Jobs With the Federal Government)
The Federal government is obviously an equal employment opportunity employer, but two agencies make a special effort to employ seniors 55 and over in part time to full time positions. These jobs are not only in Washington, DC, but throughout the United States at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Forest Service regional offices. There are a couple of differences between the programs. The EPA hires people at all skill and professional levels and recruits people through six senior citizen organizations. The Forest Service takes part in the Senior Community Service Employment Program described earlier in this chapter. Seniors must be 55 or older and meet income eligibility guidelines. This program is designed to help seniors receive training or skill upgrading, and pays at least minimum wage. Read on to learn more about these important programs for seniors.
Jobs With the EPA
(Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE) - 66.508)
Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development of Exploratory Research, Washington, DC 20460, 202-260-2574.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a special program for hiring senior citizens 55 years and over. When an EPA regional office has a shortage of workers, they notify one of the organizations listed below, which in turn recruit workers. Senior citizens get involved in all kinds of activities from conducting national surveys to fulfilling general administrative tasks. The jobs carry national unemployment, workmen's compensation, Social Security, and health benefits. There are four levels of pay:
Level 1- Xerox operators, messengers, telephone assistants: $6-8/hour
Level 2- secretaries, administrative assistance; $7.25-10/hour
Level 3- writers and editors: $8.50-11/hour
Level 4- professionals with relevant degrees: $10.50-15/hour
For general information, contact the Senior Environmental Employment Program office at the address listed above.
For recruitment information contact:
American Association of Retired Persons, 601 E St., NW, Washington, DC 20049; 202-434-6153.
National Association for Hispanic Elderly, 2727 West 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057;
213-487-1922.
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Suite 500, 144 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20005; 202-637-8400.
National Council of Senior Citizens, 1331 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004; 202-347-8800.
National Council on the Aging, 409 Third St., SW, Washington, DC 20024; 202-479-1200.
National Pacific/Asian Resource Center on Aging, Suite 410, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121; 206-448-0313.
Get A Job With The Forest Service
U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Programs, P.O. Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090, 703-235-8855.
If you are over 55 years of age and meet some income eligibility guidelines, you may be a candidate for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
This program provides part-time outdoor and indoor employment and training opportunities, while providing community services to the general public. Employees work an average of 20 hours per week at a nearby Forest Service Office in their local community. They are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, receive training and skill upgrading, health programs, and more. SCSEP supplements the permanent Forest Service workforce. You can be assigned a variety of jobs including visitor information, receptionist, computer aide, carpenter, researcher, or more. Over 5,600 seniors are employed through this program with $26,100,000 set aside for their salaries. To learn about the program, contact your local Forest Service office or the office listed above.
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Become A Journeyman
Getting a good job does not always mean that you must attend college or trade school, but no one will readily admit that. There are apprenticeship programs all over the country that will provide free on-the-job training - and you will learn while you earn. Apprentices learn each skill of a job by carrying it out step by step under the close supervision of a skilled craft worker. An apprenticeship involves planned, day-by-day supervised training on the job, combined with technical instruction. Length of training varies depending on the job and is determined by standards adopted by a particular industry. The minimum term of apprenticeship is one year, but can be as long as four. Currently there are over 800 apprenticeable occupations, including cook, air craft mechanic, electrician, computer programmer, tool maker, and welder. For more information, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship located in your state (see the list below), or you may contact Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room N4649, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-5921; {www.doleta.gov/indiv/apprent.htm}.
State Contacts:
Alabama

-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 950 22nd St., North Birmingham, AL 35203, 205-731-1308
Alaska
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 3301 C St., Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99503, 907-271-5035
Arizona
-Department of Economic Security, 438 W. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85003, 602-252-7771 Ext. 114
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Suite 302, 3221 North 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016, 602-640-2964
Arkansas
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 700 West Capitol St., Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-324-5415
California
-Division of Apprenticeship Standards, Department of Industrial Relations, 45 Freemont St., Suite 1040, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-975-4251
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Suite 1090-N, 1301 Clay St., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-637-2951
Colorado
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 721 19th St., Room 469, Denver, CO 80202, 303-844-4826
Connecticut
-Apprenticeship Program Manager, Connecticut Labor Department, 200 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield, CT 06109, 860-566-2450
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 135 High St., Room 367, Hartford, CT 06103, 203-240-4311
Delaware
-Apprenticeship and Training Section, Division of Employment and Training, 4425 N. Market St., Station 313, P.O. Box 9828, Wilmington, DE 19809, 302-761-8121
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 844 King St., Wilmington, DE 19801, 302-573-6113
District of Columbia
-D.C. Apprenticeship Council, 500 C St., NW, Suite 241, Washington, DC 20001, 202-724-7246
Florida
-Apprentice Section, Bureau of Job Training, Department of Labor, 1320 Executive Center Dr., Atkins Building, Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-488-9250
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 227 North Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32301, 850-942-8336
Georgia
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 61 Forsyth St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-562-2323
Hawaii
-Apprenticeship Division, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl St., Room 334, Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-586-8877
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96850, 808-541-2519
Idaho
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 3050 North Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, ID 83703, 208-334-1013
Illinois
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 230 South Dearborn St., Room 708, Chicago, IL 60604, 312-353-4690
Indiana
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 46 East Ohio St., Room 414, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-226-7592
Iowa
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 210 Walnut St., Room 715, Des Moines, IA 50309, 515-284-4690
Kansas
-Apprenticeship Director, Department of Human Resources, 401 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66603, 785-296-4161
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 444 SE Quincy St., Room 247, Topeka, KS 66683, 785-295-2624
Kentucky
-Apprenticeship Director, Division of Employment Standards and Mediation, Kentucky Labor Cabinet, 1047 U.S. 127 South, Suite 4, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-564-2784
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 600 Martin Luther King Place, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-582-5223
Louisiana
-Director of Apprenticeship, Louisiana Department of Labor, 1001 North 23rd St., P.O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 504-342-7820
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 501 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-589-6103
Maine
-Apprenticeship Standards, Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services, 55 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, 207-624-6431
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 68 Sewall St., Room 401, Augusta, ME 04330, 207-622-8235
Maryland
-Apprenticeship and Training Council, 1100 North Eutaw St., Sixth Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-2968
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 300 West Pratt St., Room 200, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-962-2676
Massachusetts
-Division of Apprentice Training, Dept. of Labor and Workforce, 100 Cambridge St., Room 1107, Boston, MA 02202, 617-727-3488
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Room E-370, JFK Federal Building, Boston, MA 02203, 617-565-2288
Michigan
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 801 South Waverly, Room 304, Lansing, MI 48917, 517-377-1746
Minnesota
-Division of Apprenticeship, Department of Labor and Industry, 443 Lafayette Rd., 4th Floor, St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-296-2371
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 316 Robert St., Room 134, St. Paul, MN 55101, 651-290-3951
Mississippi
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 100 West Capitol St., Jackson, MS 39269, 601-965-4346
Missouri
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1222 Spruce St., St. Louis, MO 63103, 314-539-2522
Montana
-Apprenticeship and Training Program, Montana Department of Labor, 715 Front St., Helena, MT 59620, 406-447-3210
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 301 South Park Ave., Room 396- Drawer #10055, Helena, MT 59626, 406-441-1076
Nebraska
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 106 South 15th St., Room 801, Omaha, NE 68102, 402-221-3281
Nevada
-Labor Commissioner, Nevada Apprenticeship Council, 555 E. Washington Ave., Suite 4100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-486-2660
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 301 Stewart Ave., Room 311, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-388-6396
New Hampshire
-Director of Apprenticeship, State Office Park South, 95 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301,
603-271-6297
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 143 North Main St., Room 205, Concord, NH 03301, 603-225-1444
New Jersey
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Parkway Towers, Building E, 3rd Floor, 485 Route #1, South, Iselin, NJ 08830, 908-750-9191
New Mexico
-Apprenticeship Director, New Mexico Department of Labor, 501 Mountain Rd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-841-8989
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 505 Marquette, Room 830, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-766-2398
New York
-Apprentice Coordinator, NYS Department of Labor, State Campus Building #12, Room 140, Albany, NY 12240, 518-457-4391
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Leo O'Brien Federal Building, Room 809, North Pearl & Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207, 518-431-4008
North Carolina
-Apprenticeship Division, Department of Labor, 4 West Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601,
919-733-7540
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Somerset Park, Suite205, 4407 Bland Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609, 919-790-2801
North Dakota
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, New Federal Building, 304 East Broadway, Room 332, Bismarck, ND 58501, 701-250-4700
Ohio
-Director of Apprenticeship, State Apprenticeship Council, Bureau of Apprenticeship Services,
145 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215, 614-644-2242
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 200 North High St., Room 605, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-469-7375
Oklahoma
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1500 South Midwest Blvd., Suite 202, Midwest City, OK 73110, 405-732-4338
Oregon
-Apprenticeship and Training Division, Bureau of Labor and Industry, 800 NE Oregon St.,
Room 32, Portland, OR 97232, 503-731-4891
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1220 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204, 503-326-3157
Pennsylvania
-Apprenticeship and Training Council, Labor and Industry Building, 7th and Forster St., Room 1301, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-787-4763
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Federal Building,
228 Walnut St., Room 773, Harrisburg, PA 17108, 717-221-3496
Rhode Island
-Apprenticeship Training Programs, Department of Labor, 610 Manton Ave., Providence, RI 02909, 401-457-1859
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Federal Building,
100 Hartford Ave., Providence, RI 02909, 401-528-5198
South Carolina
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Strom Thurmond Federal Building, 1835 Assembly St., Room 838, Columbia, SC 29201, 803-765-5547
South Dakota
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Oxbow I Building, Room 204, 2400 West 48th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105, 605-330-4326
Tennessee
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1321 Murfreesboro Rd.,
Suite 541, Nashville, TN 37210, 615-781-5318
Texas
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 2320 LaBranch St., Houston, TX 77004, 713-750-1696
Utah
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1600 West 2200 South, Suite 101, Salt Lake City, UT 84119, 801-975-3650
Vermont
-Apprenticeship and Training, Department of Labor and Training, 5 Green Mountain Dr., P.O. Box 488, Montpelier, VT 05620, 802-828-5082
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 11 Elmwood Ave., Room 612, Burlington, VT 05401, 802-951-6278
Virginia
-Apprenticeship Director, Department of Labor and Industry, 13 South 13th St., Richmond, VA 23219, 804-786-2381
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 700 Centre, Suite 546,
704 East Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23219, 804-771-2488
Washington
-Apprenticeship Program Manager, Department of Labor and Industries, P.O. Box 44530,
46 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, 360-902-5320
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1400 Talbot Rd. South, Renton, WA 98055, 206-277-5214
West Virginia
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1108 Third Ave., Suite 203, Huntington, WV 25301, 304-528-7540
Wisconsin
-Department of Workforce Development, Division of Workforce Excellence, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, 7201 E. Washington Ave., Room 211, P.O. Box 7972, Madison, WI 53707, 608-266-3133
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 212 East Washington Ave., Room 303, Madison, WI 53703, 608-264-5377
Wyoming
-U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1912 Capitol Ave.#508, Cheyenne, WY 82001, 307-772-2448
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Free Training If You Are Laid Off
If you have found yourself on the losing end of a plant closing or mass layoff, apply for money and re-training under the Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act. The program is administered by each state, and because of that, the program differs from state to state. Under certain circumstances, states may also authorize service for displaced homemakers. Workers can receive classroom, occupational skills, and/or on-the-job training to qualify for jobs in demand. Basic and remedial education, entrepreneurial training, and instruction in literacy or English-as-a-second-language may be provided. For more information, contact your state Department of Labor listed in the blue pages of your phone book, or you may contact Office of Worker Retraining and Readjustment Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-5426, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-5577; {www.doleta.gov/programs/factsht/edwaa.htm}.
State Dislocated Worker Contacts:
Alabama

-Workforce Development Division, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs,
401 Adams Ave., P.O. Box 5690, Montgomery, AL 36103, 334-242-5300, 800-562-4916
Alaska
-Division of Community and Rural Development , Department of Community and Regional Affairs, 333 West 4th Ave., Suite 220, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907-269-4658
Arizona
-Dislocated Worker Coordinator, Job Training Partnership Act 1789 West Jefferson, Site Code 920Z, Phoenix, AZ 85005, 602-542-2484
Arkansas
-Arkansas Employment Security Department , P.O. Box 2981, Little Rock, AR 72203,
501-682-3137
California
-Displaced Worker Services Section, Job Training Partnership Division, Employment Development Department, P.O. Box 826880, Sacramento, CA 94280, 916-654-8275
Colorado
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Governor's Job Training Office, 720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 550, Denver, CO 80222, 303-620-4200, 800-388-5515
Connecticut
-CT Department of Labor, Dislocated Worker Unit, 200 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield, CT 06109, 203-566-4290
Delaware
-Division of Employment and Training, Delaware Department of Labor, 4425 North Market St., Wilmington, DE 19809, 302-761-8117
District of Columbia
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Department of Employment Services, 500 C St., NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-724-7130
Florida
-Bureau of Workforce Program Support, Division of Labor, Employment and Training, 1320 Executive Center Dr., Atkins Building, Room 200, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-488-9250,
800-633-3572
Georgia
-Georgia Department of Labor, Sussex Place, Suite 440, 148 International Blvd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-656-6336
Hawaii
-Workforce Development Division, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl St., Room 329, Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-586-8812
Idaho
-Department of Employment, 317 Main St., Boise, ID 83735, 208-334-6298
Illinois
-Job Training Division, Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs, 620 East Adams St., Springfield, IL 62701, 217-785-6006
Indiana
-Indiana Department of Employment and Training Services, Program Operations Division, 10 North Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-232-7461, 800-437-9136
Iowa
-Division of Workforce Development, Iowa Department of Economic Development, 1000 East Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319, 515-281-5365, 800-562-4692
Kansas
-Job Training Director, Department of Human Resources, Division of Employment and Training, 401 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66603, 785-296-7876
Kentucky
-Office of Training and Reemployment, Workforce Development Cabinet, 275 East Main, 3 Floor West, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-564-5360
Louisiana
-Special Programs Section Office of Labor Federal Training Program, P.O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 504-342-7637
Maine
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Hallow/Annex Central Building, 55 State House Station, 2nd Floor, Augusta, ME 04330, 207-624-6390
Maryland
-Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations, Office of Employment and Training, 1100 North Eutaw St., Room 310, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-2803
Massachusetts
-Corporation for Business, Work and Learning, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main St., Suite 400, Boston, MA 02129, 617-727-8158 ext. 319
Michigan
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Michigan Jobs Commission, 201 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48913, 517-373-6234
Minnesota
-State Dislocated Worker Unit, Minnesota Department of Jobs and Training, 390 North Robert St., First Floor, St. Paul, MN 55101, 651-296-7918, 800-438-5627
Mississippi
-Employment and Training Division, Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development, 301 West Pearl St., Jackson, MS 39203, 601-949-2234, 800-762-2781
Missouri
-Division of Job Development and Training, Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 1087, Jefferson City, MO 65102, 314-751-7796, 800-877-8698
Montana
-Dislocated Worker Unit, State Job Training Bureau, Montana Department of Labor and Industry, P.O. Box 1728, Helena, MT 59624, 406-444-4500
Nebraska
-Job Training Program Division, Nebraska Department of Labor, 550 South 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68509, 402-471-9903
Nevada
-State Job Training Office, Capitol Complex, 400 West King St., Suite 108, Carson City, NV 89710, 702-687-4310, 800-900-4614
New Hampshire
-New Hampshire Job Training Coordinating Council, 64-B Suncock Rd., Concord, NH 03301,
603-228-9500
New Jersey
-Rapid Response Team, Labor Management Committee, New Jersey Department of Labor, CN 058, Trenton, NJ 08625, 800-343-3919
New Mexico
-EDWAA Coordinator, P.O. Box 4218, Santa Fe, NM 87502, 505-827-6866
New York
-Dislocated Worker Unit, NY State Department of Labor, State Office Campus, Bldg. 12, Albany, NY 12240, 518-457-3101
North Carolina
-Division of Employment and Training, NC Department of Commerce, 441 N. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC 27603, 919-733-6383, ext. 212, 800-562-6333
North Dakota
-Job Training Division, Job Service North Dakota, 1000 E. Divide Ave., P.O. Box 5507, Bismarck, ND 58502, 701-328-2843, 800-247-0981
Ohio
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, 145 South Front St., P.O. Box 1618, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-3817
Oklahoma
-Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Will Rogers Bldg., Room 408, 2401 North Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-557-7294
Oregon
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Economic Development Department, 255 Capitol St., NE, 3rd Floor, Salem, OR 97310, 503-373-1995
Pennsylvania
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Labor and Industry Building, 12th Floor, 7th and Forester Sts., Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-772-0781
Rhode Island
-EDWAA Coordinator, Department of Employment and Training, 109 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860, 401-828-8283
South Carolina
-Manpower Training Unit, P.O. Box 1406, Columbia, SC 29202, 803-737-2601, 800-922-6332
South Dakota
-Job Training Partnership Act Administrator, South Dakota Department of Labor, Kneip Building, 700 Governors Dr., Pierre, SD 57501, 605-773-5017, 800-952-2316
Tennessee
-Tennessee Department of Labor, Gateway Plaza, 4th Floor, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-1031, 800-255-5872
Texas
-Work Force Development Division, Texas Workforce Commission, 211 East 7th St., Suite 1000, Austin, TX 78701, 512-936-0474, 888-562-7489
Utah
-Utah Department of Workforce Services, 140 East 300 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, 801-526-4312, 888-848-0688
Vermont
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Department of Employment and Training, P.O. Box 488, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-828-4177
Virginia
-Virginia Employment Commission, P.O. Box 1358, Richmond, VA 23218, 804-786-3037
Washington
-Dislocated Worker Unit, Employment Security Department, Employment Security Bldg., P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98507, 360-438-4629
West Virginia
-Governor's Administered Programs, Bureau of Employment Programs, Job Training Programs Division, 112 California Ave., Charleston, WV 25305, 304-558-1847
Wisconsin
-Department of Labor, Industry and Human Relations, 201 E. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7972, Madison, WI 53707, 608-266-0745, 888-822-5246
Wyoming
-Job Training Program, Department of Employment, 100 West Midwest, P.O. Box 2760, Casper, WY 82601, 307-235-3601, 800-730-9725
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Free Training If You Lose Your Job From Increased Imports
Ever notice how so many products have gotten less expensive over the last ten years? Shirts that once cost $30 are now sold for $15. Televisions and VCRs - not to mention computers - have never been cheaper. Almost everything we now buy in the U.S. is being made overseas. If you lost your job because of imports, you can get help looking for a new job, or get paid to get more training. The Trade Adjustment Assistance program will help you learn more marketable job skills, so you can move to greener employment pastures. You can receive up to 104 weeks of on-the-job and classroom training; you can receive 52 weeks of benefits after your unemployment expires if you are part of a job training program; you can receive $800 to travel for job hunting purposes, $800 to relocate for a job, and transportation expenses to job training programs. For more information, contact your local employment services office in the blue pages of your phone book, or Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance, Employment and Training Assistance, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C4318, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-5555; {www.doleta.gov}. For a listing of state contacts, see the list located after the next item.
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Free Training For Those Who Lose Their Jobs Because Of Increased Trade With Mexico or Canada
NAFTA is not a dirty word, but a lot of U.S. workers swear it is a plan to put them out of work and ship their jobs where labor costs are cheaper - Canada, but more significantly to Mexico and other Latin American countries. In a dog-eat-dog global economy, there are no real borders. If you were laid off or lost your job because of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the government wants to help you find a new one, and probably one that pays you more than your last job. The NAFTA Transitional Adjustment Assistance Program is like a job skills and retraining SWAT team geared to provide rapid and early response to the threat of unemployment. The program includes on-site services to let workers know they are eligible; assessment of skills; financial and personal counseling; career counseling; job placement assistance; child care; transportation; income support for up to 52 weeks after the worker has exhausted unemployment compensation while the worker is enrolled in training; relocation allowance; and more. For more information, contact your local employment services office in the blue pages of your phone book, or Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance, Employment and Training Assistance, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C4318, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-5555; {www.doleta.gov}.
State TAA-NAFTA Contacts:
Alabama

-Department of Industrial Relations, 649 Monroe St., Room 330A, Montgomery, AL 36131,
334-242-8635
Alaska
-Employment Security Division, P.O. Box 25509, Juneau, AK 99802, 907-465-5954
Arizona
-Department of Employment Security, P.O. Box 6666, Phoenix, AZ 85005, 602-495-1861
Arkansas
-Arkansas Employment Security Department, P.O. Box 2981, Little Rock, AR 722-3, 501-682-3747
California
-Employment Development Department, P.O. Box 826880, Attn: MIC40, Sacramento, CA 94280, 916-654-9305
Colorado
-Department of Labor and Employment, Two Park Central, Suite 400, 1515 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO 80202, 303-620-4201
Connecticut
-Connecticut Department of Labor, Employment Security Division, 200 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield, CT 06109, 860-566-2424
Delaware
-Division of Employment and Training, P.O. Box 9828, 4425 North Market St., Wilmington, DE 19809, 302-761-8117
District of Columbia
-Office of Unemployment Compensation, D.C. Department of Employment Services, 500 C St., NW, Room 515, Washington, DC 20001, 202-724-7274
Florida
-Department of Labor and Employment Security, 1320 Executive Center Dr., Room 200, Atkins Building, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-488-9250
Georgia
-Georgia Department of Labor, 8 International Blvd., Room 440, Atlanta, GA 30303,
404-656-6336
Hawaii
-Department of Labor and Industry, 830 Punchbowl St., Room 329, Honolulu, HI 96813,
808-586-8820
Idaho
-Idaho Department of Labor, 317 Main St., Boise, ID 83735, 208-334-6314
Illinois
-Department of Employment Security, 401 South State St., 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60605,
312-793-6805
Indiana
-Department of Workforce Development, 10 North Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204,
317-232-7186
Iowa
-Department of Workforce Development, 1000 E. Grand Ave., P.O. Box 10332, Des Moines, IA 50306, 515-281-4981
Kansas
-Department of Human Resources, 512 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603, 785-291-3470
Kentucky
-Department of Employment Services, 2nd Floor West, CHR Building, 275 E. Main St., Frankfort, KY 40621, 502-564-5334
Louisiana
-Louisiana Department of Labor, 1001 N. 22nd St., P.O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804,
504-342-8753
Maine
-Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services, 55 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330, 207-624-6390
Maryland
-Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations, Division of Employment and Training, 1100 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-2832
Massachusetts
-Corporation for Business, Work and Learning, Schrafft Center, 529 Main St., Boston, MA 02129, 617-727-8158
Michigan
-Employment Security Agency, 7310 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202, 313-876-5374
Mississippi
-Employment Security Commission, P.O. Box 1699, Jackson, MS 39215, 601-961-7544
Missouri
-Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Employment Security, P.O. Box 59, Jefferson City, MO 65104, 573-751-3784
Montana
-Department of Labor and Industry, Job Service Division, P.O. Box 1728, Helena, MT 59624,
406-444-3351
Nebraska
-Department of Labor, P.O. Box 94600, Lincoln, NE 68509, 402-471-3406
New Hampshire
-New Hampshire Employment Security, P.O. Box 9505, Manchester, NH 03108, 603-656-6608
New Jersey
-Department of Labor, Central Regional Office, 506 Jersey Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901,
732-937-6249
New Mexico
-Department of Labor, P.O. Box 1928, Albuquerque, NM 87103, 505-841-8452
New York
-Department of Labor, State Office Building, Campus #12, Room 156, Albany, NY 12240,
518-457-3101
North Carolina
-Employment Security Commission, Workforce Development Division, P.O. Box 26988, Raleigh, NC 27611, 919-733-6745
North Dakota
-Job Service of North Dakota, 1000 East Divide Ave., P.O. Box 5507, Bismarck, ND 58506,
701-328-2817
Ohio
-Bureau of Employment Services, 145 South Front St., P.O. Box 1618, Columbus, OH 43216,
614-644-2706
Oklahoma
-Employment Security Commission, Will Rogers Memorial Office Building, 2401 North Lincoln, P.O. Box 52003, Oklahoma City, OK 73152, 405-557-7274
Oregon
-Job Training Administration, Attn: DWU, 255 Capitol St., Salem, OR 97310, 503-947-1665
Pennsylvania
-Department of Labor and Industry, 7th and Forster Sts., Room 1100, Harrisburg, PA 17120,
717-783-8050
Rhode Island
-Department of Labor and Training, 175 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860, 401-277-3450
South Carolina
-Employment Security Commission, P.O. Box 1406, Columbia, SC 29202, 803-737-3096
South Dakota
-Department of Labor, Kniep Building, 700 Governors Dr., Pierre, SD 57501, 605-773-5017
Tennessee
-Dept. of Employment Security, Davy Crockett Bldg., 11th Floor, 500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37245, 615-741-1948
Texas
-Texas Workforce Commission, 101 E. 15th St., Austin, TX 78778, 512-305-9638
Utah
-Department of Workforce Services, 140 East 300 South, P.O. Box 45249, Salt Lake City, UT 84145, 801-526-4309
Vermont
-Dept. of Employment Security, P.O. Box 488, 5 Green Mountain Dr., Montpelier, VT 05602,
802-828-4177
Virginia
-Virginia Employment Security, 703 East Main St., Room 308, Richmond, VA 23219,
804-786-8825
Washington
-Employment Security Department, P.O. Box 9046, Mail Stop 6000, Olympia, WA 98507,
360-438-4645
West Virginia
-Division of Employment Service, Bureau of Employment Programs, 112 California Ave., Charleston, WV 25305, 304-558-2850
Wisconsin
-Department of Workforce Development, 201 E. Washington, P.O. Box 7946, Madison, WI 53707, 608-266-0745
Wyoming
-Department of Employment, 200 West Midwest, P.O. Box 2760, Casper, WY 82602,
307-235-3284
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Free Training If You Are Laid Off Due To Defense Cutbacks
Thousands of communities around the country have felt the fallout of the end of the Cold War. And the fallout has been economic, not nuclear. Base closings mean no jobs - pure and simple. Fortunately, the Defense Conversion Adjustment (DCA) Program provides retraining and other assistance for workers hurt by defense cutbacks. The DCA Program offers retraining and readjustment services tailored to meet each individual participant. Long-term training, including educational and occupational, is encouraged. Those eligible include workers who lose their jobs because of plant closings or mass layoffs due to reduced U.S. defense expenditures or closed military facilities. For more information, contact your state job training office, contact your state Dislocated Worker Contact, or contact Office of Worker Retraining and Adjustment Programs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N5426, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-5577; {www.doleta.gov}.
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Free Training If You Are Laid Off By A Defense Contractor
If you have been laid off or fired because the company you worked for was on the wrong end of cutbacks at the U.S. Department of Defense, you may qualify to be retrained for another job. The Defense Diversification Program (DDP) provides retraining and readjustment assistance to workers and military personnel dislocated by defense cutbacks and base closings, as well as career planning support and assistance. Those eligible for the program include civilian employees of the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and defense contractors who have been terminated or laid off, or have a notice of termination or layoff. For more information, contact your state job training office, contact your state Dislocated Worker Contact, or contact Office of Worker Retraining and Adjustment Programs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N5426, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-5577; {www.doleta.gov}.
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One-Stop to Money and Help To Train For a New Job
Whether it's learning about programs that offer $9,000 to train for a new job, free courses on how to search the Internet for jobs, or even free use of computers, run, don't walk, to your local One-Stop Career Center. This is a joint Federal and local government program that finances these services. They are all over the country. I found three in my neighborhood! To find a center near you, call 1-877-2US-JOBS, or go to {www.servicelocator.org/}.
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