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- Senator Bob Dole urges employers to hire veterans first.
- This 10-minute video highlights the Exodus Transitional Community
prisoner reentry program in East Harlem, NY. Julio Medina, the Executive
Director of Exodus, and his staff help ex-offenders returning to neighborhoods
in Harlem rebuild their lives, assimilate into society, train for work, and
find sustainable employment. Exodus is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's
Ready4Work Initiative, a $22.5 million partnership that brings together
businesses, the criminal justice system and faith-based organizations to reduce
recidivism by helping ex-offenders successfully transition back into their
communities. Ready4Work served as the model for President Bush's 4-year, $300
million prisoner re-entry initiative announced in his January 20, 2004 State of
the Union Address.
- The Labor Department and the Small Business Administration hosted the
Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Conference in Philadelphia on April
3, 2003 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The webcast features Hector V.
Barreto, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration; Elaine L. Chao,
U.S. Secretary of Labor; and numerous breakout sessions.
- Secretary Elaine L. Chao electronically signed into action the
Department of Labor E-Government Strategic Plan on Wednesday. She was joined by
Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida and Mark Forman of the Office of Management and
Budget. Rep. Putnam is the new chair of the House Subcommittee on Technology,
Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census. Mr. Forman is
the President's Associate Director of E-Government and Information Technology.
- The Labor Department hosted the Productivity in the 21st Century
Conference on October 23, 2002. Featured speakers included Secretary of Labor
Elaine L. Chao and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan. The event
featured panel discussions on topics such as "Is There a Productivity
Miracle?," "Productivity and Jobs," and "The Future of Productivity."
- The Labor Department commemorates the events of September 11, 2001.
- On August 8, 2002, the Labor Department hosted the Northeast Regional
Conference on Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century. The webcast includes
a keynote address by Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao as well as panel
discussions on various topics.
- On March 18-19, 2002, the Labor Department hosted the
Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st
Century Conference in Washington, D.C. The action-packed two-day event
offered cutting-edge insights on the most pressing concerns of women business
owners today. Speakers included numerous Members of Congress, Secretary of the
Treasury Paul H. O'Neill, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, Small Business
Administration Administrator Hector Barreto, and President George W. Bush. The
webcast replay includes nearly all of the conference events.
- On February 28, 2002, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao hosted the
opening program of the 2002 National
Summit on Retirement Savings, held in Washington, D.C. The Summit,
co-hosted by President George W. Bush and the Congressional leadership, focused
on "Saving for a Lifetime: Advancing Generational Prosperity." The Summit was a
forum for identifying and encouraging new ways to promote employee retirement
savings and security. The Department worked with the International Foundation
of Employee Benefit Plans to plan the event. The Webcast features the Summit
speakers including President Bush, Secretary Chao, and Federal Reserve Board
Chairman Alan Greenspan.
- On January 10, 2002, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao hosted the
Workforce Recovery Conference, which included a day-long jobs and skills fair
to help put the Washington, DC region back to work. The press conference from
the event included Washington, DC Deputy Mayor and City Administrator John
Koskinen, Deputy Secretary of Labor Cameron Findlay, Secretary of Commerce Don
Evans, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, and Secretary of Labor Elaine
- On November 9, 2001 Deputy Secretary of Labor D. Cameron Findlay
hosted the 21st annual Salute to All American Veterans. This years
Veterans Day program awarded the efforts of 11 organizations and individuals
providing a variety of programs and services funded by the Labor Department for
Americas veterans, reservists, and National Guard members. Sen. Chuck
Hagel delivered the keynote address.
- On October 4, 2001 President George W. Bush joined Secretary Elaine
L. Chao announced a Back to Work relief package to help workers
displaced by the attacks of September 11th.
- On June 20, 2001, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao hosted the first
Summit on the 21st Century Workforce in Washington, D.C. Business, labor,
academic, and government leaders from across the country met to address the
structural changes that are affecting our workforce and our economy. Attendees
listened to a distinguished list of speakers and panelists, including President
George Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, discussing the skills
gap within the workforce, the demographics facing the workforce, and the future
of the workforce.