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

CLASSIFICATION

O*NET

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TP

ISSUE DATE

August 25, 1997

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 11-97
 
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 : 1997 Release of Transitional O*NET Products

 

  1. Purpose. To transmit the recent Federal Register notice announcing the release of transitional O*NET products.

  2. Background. Release of transitional O*NET products will assist developers, vendors, and virtually all State employment and training programs in making an effective transition from the current Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) to O*NET (Occupational Information Network). Currently, most workforce development programs rely on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) for occupational information. This transitional release of O*NET products will help developers (public, private, not-for-profit, etc.) incorporate O*NET into their existing and future software applications/products.

    O*NET is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's comprehensive workforce development strategy to build and display critical information for job seekers and employers in a user-friendly manner. Along with America's Job Bank and America's Talent Bank, O*NET is designed to serve as an occupational/labor market information resource for public/private sector use and development.

    As the automated replacement for the DOT, O*NET will be the nation's primary source of occupational information. In 1993, an Advisory Panel, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor, recognized that change in the "dictionary" approach that defined the DOT since 1938 was needed. In its Final Report recommending changes to be made, the Panel stressed that "Today's students, educators, trainers, counselors and workers need information that fosters the effective integration of technology, skills and new workplace structures."

    O*NET responds to those needs. It is a long-range project to develop a database and a system for collecting, classifying and disseminating current information about the requirements and characteristics of occupations and workers. It provides a new approach and database structure for looking at work from two perspectives: what people need and what the job requires.

  3. Action. Please share the information in this TEIN and attachment with Wagner Peyser and JTPA service providers. It is important that all employment and training programs are aware of the availability of transitional O*NET products that will give them the opportunity to preview and provide feed-back on these preliminary O*NET releases.

  4. Inquiries. For further information, contact: Sherril Hurd, O*NET Project, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-5636, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number is 202/219-7161. Fax number is 202/219-9186. E-mail address is O*NET@doleta.gov.

  5. Attachment. O*NET Federal Register Notice

 

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