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ETA Proposes Revisions to Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Reporting to Prepare for Common Measures of Performance
Mar 29, 2005
On June 16, 1998, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) compliant performance and participant outcomes data collection system for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. This system was revised in 2000 and is now known as the Trade Act Participant Report (TAPR). States implemented the TAPR beginning with the first quarter of fiscal year 1999 (October through December, 1998), and have continued to collect and report data every quarter since then. The current TAPR reporting requirements will expire in November 2005.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is proposing to revise the current TAA program reporting requirements to reflect expanded program and services implemented under the Trade Act of 2002 and include data elements necessary for assessing state progress against common measures of performance beginning October 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.

This revision to the TAA program reporting system 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.

OMB approval has been requested by April 14, 2005. Comments and questions about the information collection request should 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.