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Gainful Employment Disclosure Template: Department of Education Publishes Sixty-Day PRA Notice

Under current disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs) using a disclosure template provided by the Secretary. The Secretary must specify the information to be included on the disclosure template in a notice published in the Federal Register.

The Department is requesting revision of the burden currently calculated for OMB Control 1845-0107. This request revises the current information collection for the disclosure template to reflect the updated disclosure requirements that institutions must provide current and prospective students. The Secretary may, by notice in the Federal Register, change the disclosure items required. Not all items listed under 34 CFR 668.412 are included in the revised disclosure template.

Comments are due by January 7, 2019.


Documentation: by searching the Docket ID number ED-2018-ICCD-0120.

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Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program: Certifications for 2018 under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act

The Secretary of Labor has signed the annual certifications under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, thereby enabling employers who make contributions to state unemployment funds to obtain certain credits against their liability for the federal unemployment tax. By letter, the certifications were transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury. The letter and certifications are printed below.

The full background and a copy of the letter to the Secretary of the Treasury can be found in the November 7 FEDERAL REGISTER (

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National Science Foundation Announces Awards to Shape the Human-Technology Partnership for the Well-Being of Workers and Their Productivity; Awards Must be Attentive to Impacts that Benefits Workers Including Training and Workforce Development

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing over $25 million in 26 projects to advance the cognitive and physical capabilities of workers in the context of human-technology interactions. These new awards will address critical social, technical, educational and economic needs in the workplace.

The awards were issued under the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments announced by NSF in 2016.

The new projects will advance human-technology collaboration in the workplace and focus on enhancing productivity, innovation and learning. Research will provide foundations for augmenting human cognition, including:

  • Models for social understanding and interaction.
  • Teaching and learning.
  • Biases in judgment.
  • Attention, memory and more.

Research also will to work advance the field of embodied intelligent cognitive assistants, systems that harness machine intelligence to enhance human cognitive and physical capabilities. These interactive cyber-physical systems involve robots, exoskeletons, virtual reality and augmented reality, including in autonomous vehicles and the built environment.

The award amounts range from $750,000 to $3 million each for three to five years, depending on the scope, duration and team size for the project.

"The landscape of jobs and work is changing at unprecedented speed, driven by the development of new technologies that have moved into an expanding array of manufacturing, knowledge and service occupations," said Dawn Tilbury, NSF's assistant director for Engineering. "These changes promise benefits to the nation in terms of increased productivity, opportunity for innovation, the creation of new industries and occupations as well as sustained global leadership."

Each project brings together researchers from different disciplines to solve a vexing research problem, integrating knowledge, methods and expertise to catalyze discovery and innovation. This approach is known as Growing Convergence Research, another one of NSF's Big Ideas.

A condition of the awards is that they must study human-technology interaction within the broader socioeconomic framework of jobs and work, and must also be attentive to social and economic impacts that can benefit workers, like training and workforce development.

"The impact of emerging technologies goes beyond individual workers to the transformation of occupations and entire industries," said Arthur Lupia, NSF's assistant director for Social, Behavioral & Economics Sciences. "This research addresses the effect of future work technologies on workers and provides the means to grow and transmit the requisite skills."

The list of funded projects:

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ETA Issues Guidance to State Grantees Regarding the Annual Statewide Performance Report Narrative

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has published Training and Employment Guidance Letter 05-18. This TEGL provides guidance to WIOA state grantees regarding the content of the WIOA Annual Statewide Performance Report Narrative for titles I and III and the procedures for submission ETA. The report is due annually on December 1, or the first business day thereafter should that date fall on a weekend. The PY 2017 report is due December 3, 2018.

Updated: November 13, 2018