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Current Population Survey: BLS Seeks to Add Questions on Certifications and Licensure; Seeks Comments by September 15
Jul 18, 2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced it is seeking Office of Management and Budget approval for revisions to the Current Population Survey. BLS notes, in part:

The CPS questionnaire has been revised to add three questions on certification/licensure and remove three questions on educational attainment to avoid increasing the cost of the CPS and to limit the increase in respondent burden. These proposed changes would be permanent changes to the survey.

Certification/licensure is a topic that aligns closely with the CPS goal of collecting information about factors that impact labor market success, and it is a topic of interest to researchers and policy makers. The three additional questions will identify whether respondents have a currently active professional certification or license; whether any of those credentials were issued by the Federal, State, or local government; and whether the credential is required for an individual's main job.

The July 17 FEDERAL REGISTER provides the BLS preamble statement on the CPS, addresses the education attainment item that are proposed for excision, summarizes the burden hour estimates, and describes the desired focus for public comment.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Funding: ETA Identifies the FY 2014 Second Distribution Amounts to State Workforce Agencies/Cooperating State Agencies
Jul 14, 2014
The Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter 01-14. The purpose of this advisory is to assist State Workforce Agencies or agencies designated by Governors as "Cooperating State Agencies" in administering the TAA program by:

  • identifying the FY 2014 Second Distribution amounts to states and describing the formula methodology the Department of used to calculate these amounts

  • describing the process for states to request TAA program reserve funds for training, employment and case management services, job search allowances, relocation allowances, and related state administration.
ETA Publishes Strategies for Using Workforce Investment Act Youth Formula Funds to Serve Court-Involved Youth and Youth At-Risk of Offending
Jul 14, 2014
The WIA Youth Formula Program provides funds to state and local areas to serve low-income youth ages 14 to 21 who face barriers to employment. The purpose of Training and Employment Notice 01-14 is two-fold: to provide examples of strategies that may prove useful for WIA programs that serve court-involved youth and youth at-risk of offending, and to offer points to keep in mind in designing and operating programs for this population.
ETA Provides Guidance on New Process for Public Workforce Entities to Become Employment Networks under SSA's Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency Program
Jul 14, 2014
The Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Notice 02-14. This TEN eplace the previously issued Training and Employment Notice (TEN) No. 14-12, "Receiving Ticket to Work Payments as an Employment Network," issued on December 4, 2012. The new TEN announces that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Employment Network (EN) Payment Agreement has been rescinded by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and provides information on a new process for public workforce entities to become ENs under SSA's Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (TTW) Program.
ETA Issues Revised UI Handbook on "State Quality Service Plan Planning and Reporting Guidelines"; Core Measures Include "Facilitation of Reemployment"
Jul 8, 2014
The Employment and Training Administration has published Unemployment Insurance Program Letter UIPL 17-14 -- Revised Employment and Training (ET) Handbook No. 336, 18th Edition: "Unemployment Insurance (UI) State Quality Service Plan (SQSP) Planning and Reporting Guidelines."

Click here for the conveyed Handbook.

Note that Appendix 3 contains the "UI Performs Measures and Programs" including:

Facilitate Reemployment: Percentage of UI claimants who are reemployed within the quarter following their first UI payment.

Also see: UIPL 17-08 The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reemployment Rate Core Measure

The link to UIPL 17-08 is here.


The SQSP is the state UI performance management and service plan. With a focus on continuous improvement, it is also the grant document through which states receives Federal UI administrative funding. General instructions for the SQSP are contained in ET Handbook No. 336. The handbook is designed as a permanent instruction for the annual planning and budget process in each state and provides states with planning guidelines and instructions for reporting UI financial and staff year information.

As part of UI Performs, a comprehensive performance management system for the UI program, the SQSP is the principal vehicle that the state UI programs use to plan, record and manage improvement efforts as they strive for excellence in service. To ensure a viable SQSP and improve its quality, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is moving the states to a biennial SQSP cycle beginning with the FY 2015 SQSP. This biennial SQSP planning cycle provides a 24-month window for states to adequately plan and implement performance improvement efforts. The new SQSP process provides for two types of submittals i.e. a formal two-year plan and an off-year SQSP Lite submittal ...