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ETA Issues Guidance for the FY 2014 UI State Quality Service Plan; Encourages “Innovative and Robust Reemployment Strategies” Collaboratively Developed with Workforce System Partners
Jul 10, 2013
The Employment and Training Administration has issued
Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 22-13 --
Additional Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Unemployment Insurance (UI) State Quality Service Plan (SQSP)
The UIPL narrative on reemployment of UI claimants appears below. ETA encourages “innovative and robust reemployment strategies that are jointly developed in collaboration with workforce system partners, including the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs and Wagner-Peyser funded employment services program” and enumerates some examples.
Reemployment of UI claimants remains a top priority for the entire workforce system, including UI. The UI program is a required partner in the one-stop delivery system under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and must work collaboratively with workforce system programs and partners to fully connect UI claimants to the full range of reemployment services delivered through American Job Centers, on-line, and through rapid response.
Through initiatives such as Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments and ETA’s more recent work with five-pilot states implementing strategies to achieve improved UI connectivity with the rest of the workforce system and improved reemployment service delivery strategies, states are making progress in this area and need to make more. ETA will focus significant technical assistance resources this year to leverage the work of the five pilot states and to support the next wave of states to implement enhanced reemployment strategies for UI claimants. ETA will also continue to work with states that have Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment grants to identify and share “best practices” and develop a more uniform national assessment program. ETA is particularly interested in strategies to use data to better target reemployment services and more quickly and precisely connect UI beneficiaries to job opportunities and/or services that will speed their return to employment.
As states develop their SQSPs, they should consider including innovative and robust reemployment strategies that are jointly developed in collaboration with workforce system partners, including the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs and Wagner-Peyser funded employment services program. These strategies may include:
- Developing intake processes that produce a more complete profile on UI claimants so that they can be targeted more efficiently with reemployment services and job referrals.
- Connecting UI claimants as quickly as possible to the public labor exchange systems so that they can start receiving job referrals immediately
- Utilizing ongoing risk assessment to determine if UI claimants are having a difficult time finding a job and require additional services
We recommend that UI program staff collaborate with these partners to ensure the strategies reflect the agreement(s) made and are documented in each partner’s strategic plan.