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  In the period ending March 31, 2008, the Senior Community Service Employment Program’s Employment Retention Rate increased by almost ten points when compared to the previous quarter.  Archived Facts

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  September 3, 2008:
TEN 9-08 To remind the workforce investment system of the performance reporting requirements and associated timelines for submitting  data validation results for the WIA Title 1B Programs and the Wagner-Peyser Program including Veterans, National Farmworker Jobs Program and the Trade Act programs.

August 27, 2008:
TEGL 2-08 Updates the PY 2007 Table of Weights for Use in Calculating State-Level American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Scores for the Participant and Employer Customer Satisfaction Surveys. This TEGL also alerts States to the possibility of new customer survey plans for PY 2008.

August 20, 2008:

TEGL 1-08 To request Area of Substantial Unemployment (ASU) designations in each state as defined in the WIA in order to allot funds under the Act for the period beginning July 1, 2009.

August 18, 2008:

Data Validation Software, DRVS 7.1, is designed for PY07 annual reporting and validation and for PY08 quarterly reporting. States are advised to create backups of prior databases before importing new PY07 data into the software.

August 6, 2008:

Webinar Invitation for a Program Year (PY) 2007 Performance Reporting Discussion. Representatives from the Employment and Training Administration's Office of Performance and Technology, Social Policy Research Associates, and Mathematica Policy Research will discuss the upcoming PY 2007 annual reporting requirements for WIA and quarterly reporting for Wagner-Peyser and Jobs for Veterans' State Grants. The Webinar will address reporting requirements, deadlines, and areas of particular concern in the submission of the WIA annual report and WIA standardized record data (WIASRD). The Webinar will also include a review of the Enterprise Business Support System.

August 1, 2008:

Posted today in the Federal Register is the requested extension for the following reporting packages:

July 17, 2008:  ETA Seeks Extension of Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) Reporting System in the July 17 FEDERAL REGISTER.
The Employment and Training Administration is seeking an extension of a currently approved information collection system -- Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) Reporting System. Comments are due by September 15.  For more information on this initiative, please click here:  Prisoner Reentry Initiative Web Site

June 24, 2008

The U.S. Department of Labor is assisting in the recovery efforts in the Midwest communities affected by this season's floods. For general questions and assistance, please contact DOL's National Contact Center at 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365).  Click here for Midwest Flood Recovery Assistance

June 24, 2008
WIA Performance Highlights:
Check out a series of "WIA Snapshots" highlighting three years of WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth program data.

June 23, 2008
Notification that four Employment and Training Administration (ETA) information collection requests, including the Workforce Investment Streamlined Performance Reporting (WISPR) system, were being transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final approval was published in the June 18, 2008 Federal Register. To see the WISPR documents transmitted to OMB for final approval, click here.

June 18, 2008
On June 18, the DOL announced in the Federal Register the submission of the following public information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget  (OMB)for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act:

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Facilitation of Claimant Reemployment
This information is collected at the state level to determine the percentage of individuals who become reemployed in the calendar quarter subsequent to the quarter in which they received their first UI payment.

Unemployment Insurance Data Validation Program
This program requires States to operate a system for ascertaining the validity (adherence to Federal reporting requirements) of specified unemployment insurance (UI) data they submit to ETA on certain reports they are required to submit monthly or quarterly.

Non Production Questionnaire (Trade Adjustment)
Information on the Form ETA-9118 is required in order to make a determination on Trade Adjustment Assistance petitions filed on behalf of service workers in accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2002.

Workforce Investment Streamlined performance Reporting System (WISPR)
This system was previously called EMILE and has had two previous information requests listed at: (qv. July 16, 2004 FR notice and November 6, 2006 FR Notice)
The WISPR System replaces the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of 7 Employment and Training programs. The goal is to ensure that the workforce system is clearly focused on results, which will help ensure that the system's jobseeker and employer customers are effectively served.

May 21, 2008
TEGL 20-01 Change 6 This guidance letter updates the procedures that states should follow to apply for the WIA Section 503 Incentive Grants based on PY 2006 performance.

May 15, 2008 TEGL 25-07
Planning Guidance and Instructions for Submission of a Two-Year Strategic Plan for the Indian and Native American (INA), Section 166 program for Program Years (PY) 2008–2009; applying the Native American Talent and Economic Development (NATED) framework.

May 15, 2008
TEN 41-07 A notice has been placed in the May 5 FEDERAL REGISTER for public comment on the WIA/Wagner-Peyser Act State Planning Guidances for Program Year (PY) 2009, and notify States of planned consultations for the development of Planning Guidances for PY 2010 and subsequent years.

May 13, 2008
In observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, ETA has charted those Asian Pacific Americans who have been served by the ETA programs in the four quarters ending December 31, 2007.

May 13, 2008
In recognition of Veterans and the upcoming Memorial Day observance, ETA has charted the Veterans who have been served by ETA programs in the four quarters ending December 31, 2007.

May 13, 2008
ETA has posted the Quarterly Workforce System Results for the second quarter program year and first quarter fiscal year period ending December 31, 2007.

May 9, 2008
The state of New Hampshire’s Department of Economic Security (NHES) has re-joined the Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS).  On behalf of the Department, the WRIS Data Sharing Agreement (as amended April 9, 2008) was signed by Mr. Richard S. Brothers, Commissioner. Membership in the WRIS now stands at forty-nine (49) states and the District of Columbia. Through participation, states have a robust overview of the effectiveness of their workforce investment programs, and are able to report more comprehensive outcomes against their performance measures.

April 30, 2008
The state of Tennessee’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development has re-joined the Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS).  On behalf of the Department, the WRIS Data Sharing Agreement (as amended April 9, 2008) was signed by Mr. Donald Ingram, Administrator of the Division of Employment Security, and by Ms. Susan Cowden, Administrator of the Division of Workforce Development.  Membership in the WRIS now stands at forty-nine (49) states, including the District of Columbia. Through participation, states have a robust overview of the effectiveness of their workforce investment programs, and are able to report more comprehensive outcomes against their performance measures.

April 23, 2008:
The Department of Labor, in collaboration with the Department of Education, announces today in the Federal Register that eight states are eligible to apply for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) (Pub. L. 105-220, 29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.) incentive awards authorized by section 503 of the WIA. The eight eligible states must submit their applications for incentive funding to the Department of Labor by June 9, 2008.

April 16, 2008:
The Federal Research Evaluation Database has been updated to include the PY2006 WIASRD data.  The Federal Research and Evaluation Database (FRED) enables analysis of the Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data (WIASRD), which is data annually submitted by states on WIA exiters' demographic characteristics, the services they received, and the outcomes they achieved after exit.

April 9, 2008:
The Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS) Data Sharing Agreement has been amended in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Agreement. All 49 parties to the WRIS Agreement (47 states, the District of Columbia, and ETA) concurred in the three ‘second-round' amendments and technical correction. The WRIS Data Sharing Agreement (as amended April 9, 2008) incorporates the amended language and is available on ETA’s Web site at:


April 4, 2008:
The WIA PY06 State Rankings have been finalized and placed on the website at: Each of the WIA performance measures is linked to a display of the absolute rankings of state by state performance on the measure for PY 2006. The rankings are based on actual performance, not progress against the negotiated level. Click here to see States negotiated levels for PY06

March 31, 2008:
March 31 FEDERAL REGISTER ETA seeks comments on a proposed data collection which addresses qualitative information to be obtained through on-site, unstructured interviews with representatives in each WIRED region. Data to be collected includes information regarding the regional context, goals, planning, structure, partnerships, collaboration, activities, funding, challenges, innovations, approaches for measuring success, and sustainability.

March 28, 2008:
The state of Connecticut has re-joined the Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS). The WRIS Data Sharing Agreement was signed by Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield on behalf of Connecticut’s Department of Labor. Mr. Roger Therrien, Director of the Research Division, and Mr. George M. Wentworth, Director of Program Policy, will serve as the designated WRIS contacts. Forty-eight (48) states and the District of Columbia are now members of the WRIS. Through participation, states have a robust overview of the effectiveness of their workforce investment programs, and are able to report more comprehensive outcomes against their performance measures.

March 25, 2008:
TEGL 23-07 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Activities Program Allotments for Program Year (PY) 2008; Additional PY 2008 Funding from WIA Section 173(e) for Adult/Dislocated Worker Activities for Eligible States; Final Wagner-Peyser Act Allotments for PY 2008; Workforce Information Grants to States for PY 2008; and Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Allotments for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008.
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Created: March 27, 2004
Updated: September 04, 2008