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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 31

For the week ending August 13, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)





Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 30-04

Subject: SUTA Dumping - Amendments to Federal Law affecting the Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program

Purpose To advise states of the amendments to Federal law designed to prohibit "SUTA Dumping."

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1596

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 11-02, Change 2

Subject: Change 2 to the Operating Instructions for Implementing the Amendments to the Trade Act of 1974 Enacted by the Trade Act of 2002

Purpose To respond to inquiries and provide clarification on the application of the unemployment insurance (UI) extended benefits (EB) work test for individuals identified as 'eligible Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) recipients' for Health.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1593

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 14-03, Change 1

Subject: Performance Reporting Submission Procedures for the Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data (WIASRD), the Annual Report, and the Quarterly Reports under Title IB of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for Program Year (PY) 2003 and 2004

Purpose To clarify adjustments made to the PY 2003 and PY 2004 WIA Annual Report and WIASRD reporting cycles in Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 14-03, highlight existing submission procedures related to these reports, and align quarterly reports with the Annual Report timeframes.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1594

Training and Employment Notice No. 2-04

Subject: Announcement of a National Study of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits Program

Purpose The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is pleased to announce commencement of a major 5-year Study of the UI Benefits Program. ETA has contracted with IMPAQ International, LLC of Columbia, MD to conduct the comprehensive study.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1595



Hospitality Industry Executive Forum

On August 4, the Employment and Training Administration hosted an Executive Forum for the Hospitality Industry in partnership with the National Hotel & Lodging Association as part of the Presidentís High Growth Job Training Initiative. The forum was held in Washington, DC and included 21 CEOs and senior hotel and lodging executives from the associationís membership. The Forum provided an opportunity for Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco to meet directly with industry leaders and discuss the critical workforce challenges facing the hotel and lodging industry. In addition to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, forum participants included representatives from the Loews, Hilton, Radisson, Marcus and Marriott Hotel chains, as well as Holiday Inn and Days Inn. This is the second Executive Forum ETA held as part of the Hospitality Initiative.

Contact: (202-693-2804; mcclurg.katie@dol.gov)

Census Bureau Announces 12 States to Participate in LED Origin/Destination Mapping Project

The Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program announced on August 16 that the following states will be participating in the LED Origin/Destination Mapping Project:
California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Virginia

Contact: http://lehd.dsd.census.gov/led/00/

EDA Sponsors September 9 Satellite Broadcast: Economic Development Strategies in a Worldwide Economy

The Economic Development Administration is sponsoring a September 9 telecast on "Economic Development Strategies in a Worldwide Economy."

The telecast will focus on competing worldwide not locally, especially how communities can maximize their competitive edge in attracting and retaining new business. Communities can help businesses maximize their value to shareholders through local incentives. Topics of discussion include:

The EDA Web site provides full background on this 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST) broadcast on September 9, including expected speakers, registration requirements, and satellite transponder information.

Contact: http://www.eda.gov/NewsEvents/Edevinfocoalition.xml