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

CLASSIFICATION

UIS

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEUPDI

ISSUE DATE

December 27, 1996

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

September 30, 1997

DIRECTIVE

:

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 09-97

 

TO

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ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES

 

FROM

:

MARY ANN WYRSCH
Director
Unemployment Insurance Service

 

SUBJECT

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Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) Program Coverage Ruling No. 97-1, Human Subjects for Research Studies Conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

  1. Purpose. To provide State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs) with a copy of the above UCFE program coverage ruling.

  2. Background. For a complete discussion of the background of the UCFE Program Coverage Ruling No. 97-1, please refer to the Discussion/Analysis section of the attachment to this directive.

    On August 15, 1996, the Administrator of the ARS requested that the Secretary of Labor issue a UCFE program coverage ruling on whether human subjects participating in nutritional research studies conducted by the ARS perform "Federal Service" within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 8501(1) for UCFE program coverage purposes. The attached Coverage Ruling held that these subjects did not perform Federal service.

  3. Action Required. SESAs should:

    a.  Provide copies of this directive, plus attachment, to all appropriate staff, including the Unemployment Insurance Tax and Appeals Units.

    b.  Follow the guidance contained in the attachment when determining the UCFE program eligibility of individuals who participated as human subjects in ARS nutritional research studies.

  4. Inquiries. Direct inquiries to the appropriate Regional Office.

  5. Attachment. UCFE Program Coverage Ruling No. 97-1.