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

CLASSIFICATION

JPTA

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TWR

ISSUE DATE

August 21, 1997

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 08-97
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY ADMINISTRATORS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : ROBERT S. KENYON
Acting Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Nationwide Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Layoffs

 

  1. Purpose. To alert the States of impending layoffs by the Internal Revenue Service, and of potential requests for Title III assistance by IRS workers receiving Certificates of Expected Separation.

  2. Background. During the last week in June 1997, the IRS issued Certificates of Expected Separation to 1,063 individual workers in 59 local areas. This certificate specifies a Reduction-in-Force to be implemented around November 1, 1997, which is expected to result in the termination of employment of the individuals receiving the certificate. A copy of the Certificate of Expected Separation which was issued is included as Attachment A to this TEIN.

    In the May 26, 1992 Federal Register, the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a revised rule creating the Certificate of Expected Separation as a notice to a federal worker of probable termination of employment through reduction-in-force procedures. The certificate could be issued up to six months prior to the effective date of the reduction-in-force. On June 22, 1992, the Department of Labor issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 10-91, establishing the policy that any worker, who is otherwise eligible for participation in a JTPA Title III program, who receives a Certificate of Expected Separation pursuant to the rules defined by OPM in the Federal Register notice, shall be deemed to have met the JTPA Title III eligibility criterion at Section 301 as receiving a notice of termination.

    The IRS, in partnership with the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), has sponsored and continues to sponsor an outplacement program for its workers through a contract with the outplacement services firm, Drake Beam Morin (DBM). Attachment B includes a description of the services covered under this contract. Given that the services do not include testing or retraining, and the services are not available to workers after they are terminated, the IRS is encouraging workers receiving the Certificate of Expected Separation to seek and use services available through the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA).

  3. Information on Location of Expected Layoffs. Attachment C provides information on the location and number of workers at each who received a Certificate of Expected Separation. Workers in all locations except the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area received the certificate on June 23; those in the DC metropolitan area received it on June 27.

  4. Action. State-level officials should make all affected substate areas aware of the action which has been taken by the IRS and of the acceptability of the Certificate of Expected Separation as a notice of termination for Title III eligibility determination purposes. States and substate grantees should coordinate with the IRS Outplacement Centers and/or local offices of Drake Beam Morin in planning and implementing reemployment services for the affected workers, and, as appropriate, initiating Rapid Response activities. A list of the IRS Outplacement Centers is included as Attachment D.

  5. Inquiries. Questions concerning this issuance may be directed to Brian Deaton in the Office of Worker Retraining and Adjustment Programs at 202/219-5339 x 107.

  6. Attachments. 

    1. Certificate of Expected Separation Issued by IRS

    2. Description of Outplacement Services in IRS Contract with Drake Beam Morin

    3. Locations and Number of Workers Receiving Certificate of Expected Separation

    4. IRS Outplacement Centers

 

NOTE: Attachment A not available to DMS