EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION
ADVISORY SYSTEM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

UI

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

OWS/DPM

ISSUE DATE

January 22, 2003

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

January 31, 2004

ADVISORY

:

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 15-03

 

TO

:

ALL STATE WORKFORCE AGENCIES

 

FROM

:

CHERYL ATKINSON
Administrator
Office of Workforce Security

 

SUBJECT

:

Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program Goals

  1. Purpose. To summarize the UI program’s GPRA performance during FY 2002 and announce the FY 2003 GPRA goals and indicators.

  2. References. Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) 32-02, “Call Memo for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Unemployment Insurance (UI) State Quality Service Plan (SQSP),” (July 8, 2002); UIPL 33-02, “Development of an Unemployment Insurance Payment Accuracy/Integrity Measure” (July 31, 2002); UIPL 27-02, “ Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) FY 2002 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program Goals” (May 6, 2002).

  3. Background. As discussed in UIPL 32-02, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) redefined its GPRA goals for UI in FY 2002 to achieve a simple yet balanced expression of GPRA’s intent to reflect the UI program’s benefit payment, tax and reemployment facilitation responsibilities. The goals and performance during FY 2002 were as follows:

    The first two goals build on existing UI PERFORMS Tier I measures. Because they are goals, the targets are higher than the Tier I criteria, which represent performance floors:

    The following two GPRA goals required the development of new measures to establish the indicators:

    The GPRA goals for the UI program are included in both the Department of Labor and the ETA Annual Performance Plans. The ETA Annual Performance Plan can be found on the ETA Website at http://www.doleta.gov/perform/.

  4. FY 2003 GPRA Goals. The State Quality Service Plan (SQSP) call memo, UIPL 32-02, identified the GPRA goals as areas of federal emphases for FY 2003. The goals and targets for FY 2003 are as follows:

  5. Tracking GPRA Performance. The Office of Workforce Security (OWS) has developed two automated GPRA Tracking Reports showing performance against the goals of timely first payments and timely status determinations, located on the OWS Website at oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/gpra.asp. These reports automatically compute the two GPRA indicators for every state and the national aggregate using the latest reported data.

    A report similar to the “GPRA Tracking Report” sent out manually to our Regional Offices during FY 2002 will be developed to show the status of performance relative to the accuracy goal. It will also be posted to the OWS Website.

  6. Action Required. State Workforce Agency Administrators are requested to:

    1. Distribute this advisory to appropriate staff;

    2. Review state performance on each goal;

    3. If performance is below the 2003 target, focus management attention on improvement; seek technical assistance from the Regional Office as appropriate; and

    4. If state performance meets or exceeds the goal, ensure that performance is sustained or improved.

  7. Inquiries. Direct questions to the appropriate Regional Office.