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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 7

For the week ending March 4, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)




Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 14-05

Subject: Changes to UI Performs

Purpose: To inform State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) of changes made to the unemployment insurance (UI) performance management system "UI Performs" as a result of a five-year review; to convey a summary of the comments received in response to the Federal Register Notice (FRN) containing Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) 21-04 "Proposed Changes to UI Performs"; and to provide effective dates for implementing changes.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1683

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 13-05

Subject: Benefit Appeals Report, ETA 5130

Purpose: To announce that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the extension of data collection for the Benefit Appeals Report, ETA 5130.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1681

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 12-05

Subject: Increase in Social Security Annuities and Federal Civilian Pensions

Purpose: To ensure that state workforce agencies are aware of the increases in social security survivors and old age retirement annuities and Federal civilian pensions due to annual cost of living adjustments (COLAs).

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1680

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 11-05

Subject: 2005 Pay Adjustments for Annual Salary Rates for General Schedule (GS) Federal Employees in the 31 Locality Pay Areas

Purpose: To ensure state workforce agencies (SWAs) are aware of locality-based salary rates for some Federal civilian employees that SWA personnel may use in completing Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Form ES-935, Claimant Statement of Federal Civilian Service.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1679


Technical Assistance and Training

WIA Stand Alone Planning Guidance Train-the-Trainer Session

The Office of Workforce Investment, PROTECH and OFO sponsored a train-the-trainer session on March 1 and 2, in Washington, D.C., to train regional office staff on the WIA stand alone planning guidance. The day and a half session provided the regional office staff with curriculum and tools to use as they train the states in their regions on the guidance and performance negotiations the week of March 7th. Contact: Chris Kulick (202-693-3045; kulick.christine@dol.gov;)



Ranking Of Career One-Stop Tools

ETA-sponsored electronic tools continue to rank high as popular Web sites on the major search engines. A recent review of six major search engines, including Google, MSN, Yahoo, Lycos, Altavista and HotBot, produced the following rankings:

Contact: Harvey Ollis (202-693-3699; ollis. harvey@dol.gov)

Trust Fund Loans

Contact: Ron Wilus (wilus.ronald@dol.gov; 202-693-2931)