July 16, 2003








Office of Workforce Security




Training Seminars for State Workforce Agency (SWA) Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) Staff and Denied Claims Accuracy (DCA) Staff on Case Investigations

  1. PURPOSE. To announce fiscal year 2003 (FY 03) training seminars for SWA BAM/DCA Investigators.

  2. REFERENCES. ET Handbook No. 395, and UIPL No. 29-01, dated May 1, 2001.

  3. BACKGROUND. ET Handbook No. 395 requires SWAs to draw weekly samples of paid and denied intrastate and interstate claims and to conduct in-depth investigations of the sampled cases. Each case represents a large number of payments in the population, so it is very important that SWA staff adhere to methodology prescribed in the Handbook to ensure that the data are collected properly and coded accurately for entry into the BAM /DCA database. The inclusion of denied claims accuracy (DCA) investigations and interstate paid claims investigations in the BAM program require additional training in the conduct of BAM investigations. In response, the Department of Labor is offering training for new and experience investigators to ensure continued validity of the data collected.

  4. FY '03 BAM/DCA State Investigator Training Seminars. The Department of Labor has scheduled two training seminars in FY 03 for BAM/DCA staff responsible for conducting the investigations. Seminar size will be limited to no more than 25 participants each to permit comprehensive discussion. Selection will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The two seminars are scheduled as follows:

    Date Location Hotel Deadline
    August 19-22, 2003 Washington, D.C. August 1, 2003
    September 9-12 San Diego, California August 9, 2003

  5. Costs. The SWAs will be responsible for travel and per diem costs for state staff to attend the training sessions.

  6. Logistics. The attached sheets provide information on location, hours, hotel arrangements, and ground transportation for the upcoming training seminars. A separate sheet is provided for each seminar.

  7. Action Required. State Administrators are requested to (1) notify appropriate state staff of the upcoming BAM/DCA training seminars and (2) provide regional office (RO) staff with the name and session preference of each SWA nominee as soon as possible. Reservations should be made with the applicable hotel by the deadlines indicated above.

  8. Inquiries. Direct any questions to the appropriate RO.

  9. Attachments Information on BAM/DCA Investigator Training Seminar.