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Veterans’ Employment and Training Service Publishes Final Rule to Establish an Uniform National Threshold Entered Employment Rate
Mar 14, 2013

The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service has published a final rule to establish the uniform national threshold entered employment rate (UNTEER) for veterans, as required of the Secretary in 38 U.S.C. 4102A(c)(3)(B), for use in evaluating States' performance in assisting veterans to meet their employment needs. The final rule becomes effective on May 10, 2013.

The final rule also explains how the threshold will be used in the process of identifying those States to be reviewed by comparing the actual entered employment rate (EER) achieved for veterans with the threshold EER, and it identifies certain factors, in addition to the threshold, that will be included in the Department's review to determine whether an EER below the threshold reflects a deficiency in the State's performance, or is attributable to other factors beyond the State's control. Finally, in those cases in which a State's EER is determined to reflect a deficiency in a State's performance, this final rule identifies the procedure for the submission and review of a corrective action plan (CAP), the delivery of technical assistance (TA), and the initiation of the necessary steps to implement corrective actions to improve the State's performance in assisting veterans to meet their employment needs.

Note that eight comments on the February 18, 2011 NPRM by the close of the comment period. All comments were carefully reviewed. Of the eight comments, seven were from organizations with an interest in veterans' employment services. Of the seven comments from organizations, six were from State Workforce Agencies, and one was from a State veterans' commission that is the Jobs for Veterans State grantee in that state. One of the eight comments was submitted by an individual in his personal capacity; that person also submitted a comment as an employee of a State Workforce Agency.