Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 3, Number 27
For the week ending July 16, 2004
(For Internal Use Only)
Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 2-04
Subject: Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program Reserve Funds
Purporse (1) To inform states of the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) reserve training funds and job search and relocation allowances for trade-certified individuals; and (2) To transmit forms and instructions for requesting TAA reserve training funds and job search and relocation allowances.
Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 2-03, change 1
Subject: Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) for Older Workers Questions and Answers
Purpose: To answer questions related to the administration of the Alternative Trade Adjustments Assistance (ATAA) program that have arisen since the issuance of Training and Employment Guidance letter (TEGL) NO.2-03
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
July 26 - 28 - Alpha Leadership Conference - Washington, DC
Common Measures Study
A UI Wage Study, put out to bid to Task Order contractors, was recently awarded to Berkeley Policy Associates. This study involves part of the specifications for the implementation of the common measures, including the reporting of participant level data to DOL on all Indian and Native American Program participants, definitions of reporting items and time frames based on the use of state UI wage records, and the use of such wage records as the source of information on employment, retention and earnings. Converting the Section 166 programs to the common measures will involve major changes in the collection and management of individual participant data, the reporting of that data to DOL, the acquisition of wage records data, and the matching of wage records data with data on individual WIA Section 166 program participants. Contact: Duane Hall, DINAP FPO, 214-767-2154
ETA Seeks New Information Collection Under Data Validation Requirement
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is seeking a new information collection ("Employment and Training Data Validation Requirement").
Data Validation would require states and grantees to ascertain the validity of report and participant record data submitted to ETA and to submit reports to the agency on data accuracy. The following programs would be subject to the validation requirement: Workforce Investment Act Title IB, Labor Exchange, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, Native American Employment and Training, and Senior Community service Employment Program.
The July 15 FEDERAL REGISTER provides background on this request, details the "state size" considerations, and outlines burden hour and cost estimations by program.
A copy of each ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained from Mr. Ira Mills on 202-693-4122 (this is not a toll-free number) or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trust Fund Loans
Outstanding Loans from the Federal Unemployment Account. Minnesota, New York, Missouri, and North Carolina have outstanding loans from the Federal Unemployment Account. Their balances as of July 8, 2004 are:
Missouri Plans to Repay Loan. Missouri enacted legislation to authorize $450 million in bonds and commercial loans to repay its outstanding loan balance and to provide reserves for future UI benefit payments, in an effort to avoid new loans from the FUA.
TEUC-A (for airline and related workers) Phase-out Continues. Unemployed workers with a TEUC-A benefit balance as of December 28, 2003, may continue to claim their remaining balance through the week ending January 1, 2005 (December 26, 2004, in New York). TEUC-A exhaustees may qualify for an extension of up to 13 weeks of benefits (TEUC-AX) through January 1, 2005, when their state is in a high unemployment period. No states are currently in a high unemployment period.
Contact: Ron Wilus (202-693-2931; email@example.com)