U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

TAA/NAFTA-TAA

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

OAS

ISSUE DATE

May 2, 2001

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE

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TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 21-00

 

TO

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ALL STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS

 

FROM

:

LENITA JACOBS-SIMMONS
Deputy Assistant Secretary

 

SUBJECT

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Guidance on Integrating Services under the Trade Act Programs - Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and North American Free Trade Agreement - Transitional Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TAA) - with the Services Provided under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

 

  1. Purpose. To transmit guidance promoting the seamless integration and coordination of services provided under the Trade Act programs -- TAA and NAFTA-TAA -- with the services provided under the WIA.

  2. References. The Trade Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-618), as amended; 20 CFR part 617; the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220); Training and Employment Information Notice (TEIN) No. 1-00; Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 7-99; TEGL No. 5-00.

  3. Background. TEGL No. 5-00 outlined a vision to integrate the Trade Act programs and services into the One-Stop service delivery system established by the WIA and stated that additional guidance would be issued to assist State and local partners with fully integrating and coordinating Trade Act services through the One-Stop system. This communication is intended to provide such guidance.

  4. Co-enrollment in a One-Stop Environment. Co-enrollment, also referred to as dual-enrollment, of trade-certified workers in partnership with the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) proved to be a successful service delivery model. In the One-Stop environment established by WIA, which includes comprehensive and affiliate centers, the concept of co-enrollment can be further enhanced and expanded to include multiple enrollments with a broader range of service delivery partners and programs, in order to produce successful outcomes for trade-impacted workers. Multiple enrollment resources may include, but are not limited to, Wagner-Peyser activities, faith-based and community-based programs, vocational rehabilitation services, and veterans services. While there may be barriers that appear to impede coordination and cooperation among programs, every effort should be made by all One-Stop partners to eliminate or minimize the barriers. Attachment A includes examples of barriers that may arise and potential solutions to those barriers.

    The timely provision of core and intensive services to trade-impacted workers is an important step toward improving both the efficiency and effectiveness of the Trade Act programs. The strict deadlines that must be met if individuals are to take full advantage of the Trade Act benefits and services should not be barriers in a system that maximizes all the resources available in a One-Stop environment. Since most trade-impacted workers meet dislocated worker eligibility criteria, these individuals should enter the One-Stop service delivery system immediately following the announcement of a layoff. Immediately beginning the process of needs assessment improves participation rates and allows individuals more time to consider all of the options available to them. This is particularly critical due to the time lapse that could occur while awaiting TAA or NAFTA-TAA petition determinations.

    Many States have instituted "work-first" policies for their WIA Title I programs. It is important to note that neither WIA nor its implementing regulations require the adoption of such an approach. In fact, the regulations clearly state that there are no federally imposed minimum waiting periods before participants can progress to the next tier of services, whether intensive services or training. This clarification was provided in order to help meet the needs of dislocated workers and participants in Trade Act programs.

    In a large-scale layoff, early intervention services should be available as part of the WIA dislocated worker-funded Rapid Response. Early intervention services that will be beneficial to potential trade-affected workers may include, but are not limited to, orientation, surveying the workers, initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, and abilities, the provision of labor market information, job search assistance, stress management, and financial management workshops. The staff that provide these services may come from a variety of funding sources, particularly Wagner-Peyser or WIA Title I .

    As individuals begin to formulate reemployment plans and more intensive services are required, Rapid Response, One-Stop and other partner staff should continue coordinated approaches to addressing the needs of the customers while maximizing the limited resources available within the system. Once TAA or NAFTA-TAA eligibility has been established and workers have been informed that they are covered by a certification, all partner staff should continue to work together and use the systems and processes in place to serve the adult and dislocated worker populations, rather than using a parallel process that duplicates services available through the One-Stop system.

  5. Action. We urge State and local officials to consider this information while developing their workforce investment systems and to encourage the seamless integration and coordination of the Trade Act programs and their services into the WIA One-Stop service delivery system.

  6. Inquiries. Questions should be directed to the appropriate ETA Regional Office.

  7. Attachments. 

    1. Co-Enrollment in a One-Stop Environment

    2. Resources