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Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration: Opportunity to Comment on Information Collection
Mar 26, 2013
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a national evaluation called the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration (STED). At the same time, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is conducting an evaluation of the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration (ETJD).

ACF and ETA are collaborating on these evaluations designed to inform the Federal government about the effectiveness of subsidized and transitional employment programs in helping vulnerable populations secure unsubsidized jobs in the labor market and achieve self-sufficiency. The projects will evaluate up to twelve subsidized and transitional employment programs nationwide.

In 2011, ETA awarded grants to seven transitional jobs programs as part of the ETJD, which is testing the effect of combining transitional jobs with enhanced services to assist ex-offenders and noncustodial parents improve labor market outcomes, reduce criminal recidivism and improve family engagement.

The STED and ETJD projects have complementary goals and are focusing on related program models and target populations. ACF and ETA have agreed to collaborate on the design of data collection instruments to promote consistency across the projects. In addition, two of the seven ETA-funded ETJD programs will be evaluated as part of the STED project.

ACF has announced it is seeking public comment on an amended information collection that will be used for sites in the STED project that target young adults (18 – 25). ACF has submitted the information collection request on behalf of both agencies. Comments are requested on the alternate versions of the 6 and 12 month surveys for use at study sites whose population consists of young adults in this age range.

The March 15 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background, collection methodology, and survey and site visit information. The notice also provides contact information for the ICR and the submission of comments