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

CLASSIFICATION

Reemployment Services

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

OWS

ISSUE DATE

July 31, 2001

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE

:

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 01-01

 

TO

:

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

 

FROM

:

  Wendy L. McConnell for
LENITA JACOBS-SIMMONS
Deputy Assistant Secretary

 

SUBJECT

:

Program Year (PY) 200l Reemployment Services Allotments Planning Guidance

 

  1. Purpose. To provide State Agencies responsible for Wagner-Peyser (State Agencies) as the provider of labor exchange service within One-Stop Centers, with guidance for using Reemployment Allotments for PY 2001 announced in Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 12-00: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Allotments for Program Year (PY) 2001; Wagner-Peyser Act Preliminary Planning Estimates for PY 2001; and Reemployment Services Allotments for PY 2001

  2. References. 

    1. Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 12-00: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Allotments for Program Year (PY) 2001; Wagner-Peyser Act Preliminary Planning Estimates for PY 2001; and Reemployment Services Allotments for PY 2001

    2. TEGL No. 17-00: Automation of SESA Standard Form 269 Financial Reporting. April 5, 2001.

    3. Wagner-Peyser Act as amended, Section 3 (c) (3) (29 U.S.C. 49B) and Section 7 (e) (29 U.S.C. 49f).

    4. Assisting Unemployment Insurance Claimants: The Long-Term Impacts of the Job Search Assistance Demonstration. U.S. Department of Labor. 2000.

    5. Evaluation of Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services: Final Report. Research and Evaluation Report Series 99D. U.S. Department of Labor. 2000.

    6. Evaluation of the Impact of Telephone Initial Claims Filing. Information Technology Support Center and Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. March 2000.

    7. USES Employment Service Program Letter No. 1-98: Reemployment Services for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claimants Through State Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services (WPRS) Systems. 1999.

    8. Evaluation of Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services Policy Workgorup: Final Report and Recommendations. 1999

    9. Evaluation of the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Work Search Demonstration. U.S. Department Of Labor. 1998.

    10. Evaluation of Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services Systems: Report to Congress, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy and Research, 1997.

    11. The New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Reemployment Demonstration Project: Six-year Follow-up and Summary Report. Corson, Walter and Haimson, Josua. Unemployment Insurance Occasional Paper 96-2, 1996.

    12. Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services (WPRS) Systems. National WPRS Colloquium, June 1996: Selected Papers and Materials. U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. 1996.

    13. Social Security Act as amended. Section 303 (a) and (j).

  3. Background. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 transformed the public labor exchange from a nationwide system of separate local employment offices into the foundation of the nation's One-Stop Centers. Through One-Stop Centers, job seekers need only make one stop to receive the services they need to enter or reenter the labor market. The reemployment allotments provided in the PY 2001 funding for Wagner-Peyser are intended to enhance and target the labor exchange services to unemployment insurance (UI) claimants provided within the framework of the One-Stop Centers. We expect that State Agencies will use these funds to expand integrated services that will increase the quality and quantity of services to UI claimants in the States. As part of the One-Stop Centers, State Agencies will provide UI claimants with early intervention and immediate referrals to suitable job openings, including employment services customized to their job finding needs, such as job search workshops, job development, and screening for referrals to jobs, training or other support services. This will speed UI claimants' reentry into employment.

    To ensure that the guidance developed for distributing and using these funds is appropriate, reasonable, and designed to improve program effectiveness, a technical workgroup was formed with Federal (Regional and National Office) and State Agency participants. The guidance in this letter reflects the work of that group.

  4. Funding for Reemployment Services. To enhance services to UI claimants, fiscal year 2001 funding for the Wagner-Peyser Act was expanded by the addition of $35 million for reemployment services. These are the first new funds for Wagner-Peyser Act activities since FY 1995 and they represent a strong commitment to serving UI claimants under the Wagner-Peyser Act funding umbrella. These funds are designated as PY 2001 funds and are intended to supplement Wagner-Peyser Act allotments and thereby increase the services to UI claimants over and above regular services to UI claimants.

  5. State Distribution Formula. Formula allotments for the reemployment services were determined on the basis of each State's share of UI first payments with every State Agency receiving a minimum of $215,000. An advance allotment of funds (approximately one quarter funding) was issued to all States, along with the July base grant allotments. These funds must be expended in accordance with the Wagner-Peyser Act and Regulations and the State's WIA/Wagner-Peyser Five-Year Strategic Plan.

  6. Use of the Reemployment Funds. We recommend that through the One-Stop Centers, State Agencies pursue a strategy for improving the quality and quantity of reemployment services, building on existing initiatives and targeting the funds where they are needed and will have the most positive outcomes. To achieve this objective, State Agencies should review existing policies, procedures and research to determine best practices and next step strategies. Some information and research findings are provided in the attachments to this TEGL: "Activities For Reemployment Services" and "Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services Policy Workgroup: Final Report and Recommendations," (The Executive Summary), February 1999. (The complete report is available at http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/employ.asp ) These materials may be helpful in determining which strategies could produce the most successful outcomes for the use of these new funds.

    We encourage State Agencies to keep in mind three considerations as they begin to plan for the strategic use of these funds. First, the funds are intended to be used primarily to enhance direct service delivery to UI claimants. Second, given that many States have moved to telephone call centers as a primary method of service delivery, we strongly encourage those State Agencies to consider using these funds, or some portion of them, on strategies and service delivery methods that ensure claimants served through call centers are linked to all of the available reemployment services in their One-Stop service delivery system. Third, services provided should be integrated into the One-Stop service delivery system to ensure the maximum benefits for unemployment insurance claimants.

  7. Grant Procedures. Funds are being provided to State Agencies for the provision of reemployment services to UI claimants. These services must be consistent with the instructions in this TEGL. In order to meet the requirements for these funds (advance plus allotment balance), States must submit a grant plan which conforms to the requirements of this issuance and the State's WIA/Wagner-Peyser Five-Year Strategic Plan.

  8. OMB Approval. Persons are not required to respond to this request unless it displays an OMB approval number. Respondent's obligation to reply to these reporting requirements is required to receive reemployment services grants. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 56 hours for two reports per year including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. If you have any comments regarding this estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information including suggestions for reducing this burden, please send them to the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Employment Service/ALMIS, Room C-4512, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210 (Paperwork Reduction Project 1205-0424).

  9. Action Required. State Agencies should develop a strategy for utilizing these reemployment funds and submit a plan outlining how the funds will be utilized during the year. Grant plans are due within 30 days of the date of this directive. Regional Offices may extend the due date, if necessary. State Agency Administrators are requested to:

  10. Inquiries. Questions regarding this TEGL should be directed to the appropriate Regional Office.

  11. Attachments. 

    1. Activities For Reemployment Services

    2. Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services Policy Workgroup: Final Report and Recommendations (Executive Summary)

    3. ETA Form 9096