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ETA Proposes Revisions to WIA Program Reporting Requirements to Prepare for Common Measures of Performance
Mar 29, 2005
Each state administering a grant under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs is required to submit quarterly (ETA 9090) and annual (ETA 9091) reports containing information related to levels of participation and performance outcomes. In addition, each state submits a file of individual records on all participants who exit the programs, formally called the Workforce Investment Act Title I-B Standardized Record Data (WIASRD). These individual records are submitted once each year for the July-to-June program period. The current WIA Management Information and Reporting System expires in August 2005.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has proposed the revision of the current WIA program reporting requirements to include data elements necessary for assessing state progress against common measures of performance beginning July 1, 2005. In 2002, under the President's Management Agenda, OMB and other Federal agencies developed a set of common performance measures to be applied to certain Federally-funded employment and training programs with similar strategic goals. Although the common measures are an integral part of ETA's performance accountability system, these measures provide only part of the information necessary to effectively oversee the workforce investment system. ETA will continue to collect from states and grantees data on program activities, participants, and outcomes that are necessary for program management and to convey full and accurate information on the performance of workforce programs to policymakers and stakeholders.

The value of implementing common measures is the ability to describe in a similar manner the core purposes of the workforce system--how many people found jobs; did people stay employed; and did earnings increase. Multiple sets of performance measures have burdened states and grantees as they are required to report performance outcomes based on varying definitions and methodologies. By minimizing the different reporting and performance requirements, common performance measures can facilitate the integration of service delivery, reduce barriers to cooperation among programs, and enhance the ability to assess the effectiveness and impact of the workforce investment system, including the performance of the system in serving individuals facing significant barriers to employment.

This revision to the WIA program reporting requirements identifies a minimum level of information collection that is necessary to comply with Equal Opportunity requirements, holds states appropriately accountable for the Federal funds they receive, including common performance measures, and allows the Department to fulfill its oversight and management responsibilities.

The Department of Labor has submitted this information collection request (ICR), utilizing emergency review procedures, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance. OMB approval has been requested by April 14, 2005.

A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor Departmental Clearance Officer, Ira L. Mills, at (202) 693-4122. Comments and questions about the ICR should be forwarded to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Employment and Training Administration, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503.

The March 29 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background, summarizes burden hour estimates, and details the desired focus for public comment.