U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210
July 16, 1997
|DIRECTIVE||:||TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 03-97|
|TO||:||ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY ADMINISTRATORS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
|FROM||:||ROBERT S. KENYON
for Regional Management
|SUBJECT||:||The Unemployment Insurance Program in the Workforce Development System|
Purpose. The purpose of this notice is to launch a national dialogue regarding the development of a vision for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program within the workforce development (or one-stop) system.
Background. Workforce development is a major initiative of the Clinton Administration and the Congress. States, local communities, and Regional Offices have been working diligently to build a high-quality system for our customers that integrates services and programs, including UI.
Investments in technology are also creating new and better ways of serving customers. The UI program's innovation enabling the remote filing of claims by telephone and/or computers is revolutionizing the way unemployed workers interact with the workforce development system to access unemployment benefits.
This trend raises some major issues including: (1) how to maintain connections between UI and the other components of the workforce development system for reemployment services, and (2) how to manage the impact on the system infrastructure (e.g., physical, structural, fiscal)?
Consultation Process. The Unemployment Insurance Service recognizes that the UI program is a key player in the emerging workforce development system. The attached paper, developed by a group of UIS National Office and Regional Office managers is an attempt to articulate the role of the UI program within the larger workforce development system--emphasizing the traditional role of UI and an expanded role in the workforce development system. National Office and Regional Office ETA managers will throughout the summer conduct consultations with the workforce development system including States, local communities, employers and organized labor. All States will be consulted in order to receive and process their input so that a clear vision of UI and its role in the workforce development system can be developed, and to commence appropriate actions to implement this vision.
Actions. State Workforce Development officials, especially in the UI and One-Stop areas are encouraged to share and review this paper with relevant partners, commissions, Boards and Councils and provide any comments no later than August 15, 1997. Comments should be addressed to the Regional Administrator, with a copy to Grace A. Kilbane at the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-4231, Washington D.C. 20210.
Inquiries. Inquiries may be addressed to the appropriate Regional Administrator.
Attachment. A National Dialogue on The Unemployment Insurance Program in the Workforce Development System.