Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210






May 24, 1985




June 30, l986











Acting Administrator
for Regional Management




Quality Control Micro-Mainframe Link


  1. Purpose. 

    1. To inform State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs) about communications concerning the Ul Quality Control microcomputer (PRO 380) system.

    2. To provide more detailed information concerning proposed data elements, formats, and coding needed to implement the Quality Control program.

    3. To distribute draft Chapters III and IV of the QC State Operations Handbook.

  2. Reference. UIS Information Bulletin No. 7-85. Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 21-85.

  3. Background. The Quality Control (QC) microcomputers (PRO 380s) have been shipped to the SESAs by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).

    The QC microcomputers, as described in UIS Information Bulletin No. 7-85, "will support hard-wired or dial-up access to the SESA mainframe." There are three types of PRO-Mainframe connections which are currently supportable: 1) TTY protocol; 2) serial hardwired connection; and 3) a 3270 link (IBM mainframes only). The requirements for each are:

    1. TTY protocol - 300/1200 Baud asynchronous dial-up requires ante -C telephone Jack for the PRO modem and requires that the SESA mainframe have a Bell 103 or 212A compatible modem as well as support for asynchronous communications.

    2. Serial Hardwired Connection - The SESA must provide a null modem cable which will connect to the serial port on the mainframe and to the male serial port on the QC micro. The micro serial port is a 25-pin D shell port. However, note that this type of communication connection can be used only. if the mainframe and microcomputer are located within 1000 feet of each other.

    3. 3270 Link - This type of link will allow the QC microcomputer to act as a category A 3270 device to an IBM mainframe. This includes 3278 models 2, 3, and 4 and 3273 models 2A, 2B, 3A, and 3C. The micro can connect to a local channel-attached 3274 controller or to a remote BSC, or SNA/SDLC 3274, or 3276 controller. This is strictly a coaxial cable link. Through a recent survey we have determined that some SESAs may require installation of a special bi-synchronous board in the microcomputer for connection to their mainframes. The National Office is procuring these boards for this purpose. Who will install the boards has not yet been resolved; however, installation is straightforward and well explained, and can be performed by the States.

    These three types of communication connections are expected to satisfy all States. However, any unanticipated special cases will be resolved State by State.

    Past directives have provided information on the initial plans for the first data requirements in Benefits QC. Now that more detailed information is available, we are providing draft copies of two chapters of the Benefits Quality Control State Operations Handbook. (Please note that the attached Chapter III contains all material of Chapters III and IV dated 4-1-85. Please adjust the numbering of all following Handbook Chapters accordingly). These chapters cover the three record formats required in the downloading aspects from SESA mainframe files to the QC microcomputer. Downloading will be accomplished via one oŁ the communication links discussed above.

  4. Objective. For States which have IBM mainframes, we are assuming the availability of either the TSO or CMS operating system. The SESA should provide a login account for the Pro 380 with a CLIST, or equivalent, which will allocate the required data files at login.

    The QC ADP package is specifically designed to meet the needs of the State QC unit. Thus, both QC hardware and software should be located where they are easily accessible to QC staff members who are expected to frequently utilize the microcomputer.

    States should be aware that maintenance contracts are advisable for the QC package. The National Office will over maintenance through Fiscal Year 1985, but States must arrange for all maintenance beginning October 1, 1985 through their local Digital Equipment Corporation representative. We recommend a maintenance contract specifying no more than eight-hour response. Quality Control NPS funds include maintenance resources and should be used for this purpose.

    The data formats provided in the draft QC Handbook Chapters III and IV will require some programming by SESA staff. We are supplying them in advance of the final Handbook so that the required programs can be developed prior to the implementation of QC in July, 1985.

  5. OMB Approval. All data requested from States require approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The data requirements described in this draft QC Handbook, Chapters III and IV, have been forwarded to OMB for approval. When OMB approval is received, the QC Handbook will be issued in toto under separate cover. Until such time, the draft Chapters III and IV are provided for comment purposes only.

  6. Action Required. States are requested to:

    1. Inform both UI staff and ADP staff of the contents of this memorandum and draft attachments;

    2. Notify the Regional Office if equipment has not arrived;

    3. Inform the National Office (Attn: TEUQS) of any delivery problems in writing or by calling the National Office as indicated below,

    4. Comment on these handbook chapters in accordance with the instructions in UIPL 21-85.

  7. Inquiries. Direct questions on communications to Albert Impink, 8-376-6245; questions on data formats to Bob Timms, 8-376-6245; and all other questions, including those relating to delivery and maintenance, to Ray Olson, 8-376-6245.

  8. Attachments. 

    Draft QC Handbook: