Implementation of Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages; New Definition of Paying State for Combined-Wage Claims
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the United States Department of Labor (the Department) is publishing, for public information, notice of the issuance and availability of the Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) that provides guidance to the states regarding the implementation of the new definition of ``paying state'' for an unemployment compensation (UC) combined-wage claim (CWC) filed under the Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages, as amended at 73 Federal Register (FR) 63038 (October 23, 2008).
Notice of a Change in Status of an Extended Benefit (EB) Period for Alaska
This notice announces a change in benefit period eligibility under the EB Program for Alaska. The following change has occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State's EB status: As of January 10, 2009, Alaska has completed a mandatory 13-week ``off'' trigger period. Based on data reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on December 19, 2008, Alaska's 3-month seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate was 7.1 percent and equals or exceeds 110 percent of the corresponding rate in both prior years. This causes Alaska to be triggered ``on'' to an EB period beginning January 25, 2009.
Request for Extension of Previously Approved Information Collection: ATAA Activities Report, Comment Request
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance Activities Report (ATAAAR). A copy of the proposed collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/OMBCN/OMBControlNumber.cfm.
Notice of Renewal of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) Charter
Notice is hereby given of the renewal of a national advisory committee on apprenticeship that is necessary and in the public interest. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Employment and Training Administration has renewed the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship Charter for two years and has made changes to the terms of members.
Announcement of Public Briefings on Using Redesigned Labor Certification Forms and Stakeholder Meeting
The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) in the Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration (ETA) has been re-engineering several of its program forms to improve the information it collects from the public. These changes are intended to improve the application to and day-to-day operation of OFLC programs. The system re-engineering will impact the program for the Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrants in Professional, Specialty Occupations, and as Fashion Models (H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3). The Form ETA 9035, the Labor Condition Application (OMB control number 1205-0310) used for the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 programs, was redesigned and submitted for public comment, 73 FR 36357, Jun. 26, 2008, and for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 73 FR 66259, Nov. 7, 2008. In addition, the Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM), OFLC will be implementing changes to the electronic filing process and is implementing a revised application form. The redesigned Form ETA 9089 (OMB control number 1205-451) has been approved by OMB subject to review of the final electronic version. ETA is issuing this notice to announce that OFLC will offer two public briefings to educate stakeholders, program users, and other interested members of the public on using the re-engineered 9035 and 9089 application forms, and the online portal system by which most users file program applications. ETA will also hold a stakeholder meeting in San Diego, California on February 3, 2009. As currently planned, the two briefings will take place in February, 2009 in San Diego and Baltimore, Maryland. This notice provides the public with locations, dates, and registration information regarding the briefings.
Advancing Registered Apprenticeship into the 21st Century: Collaborating For Success; Solicitation for Grant Applications
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), announces the availability of approximately $6.5 million for 10-20 grants to promote the adoption of the 21st century Registered Apprenticeship framework established by the Final Rule published on October 29, 2008 (73 FR 64402), promulgating revised 20 CFR Part 29, Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs. The grants will fund the development and/or adaptation of national guideline standards that incorporate competency-based progression; hybrid-style progression; and/or interim credentials. Funds are also available to train staff, apprenticeship instructors and members on the 21st century Registered Apprenticeship framework and on the development of standards that utilize the elements of the 21st century Registered Apprenticeship framework as established by the Final Rule. National industry and employer associations, labor-management organizations and other organizations that demonstrate the capacity to advance registered apprenticeship through the development of new or modified apprenticeship standards using the elements of the 21st century Registered Apprenticeship framework are eligible to apply for grant funds. To be considered for an award, grant applications must incorporate at least four of the following seven components: 1. Continued expansion into fast growing and/or new and emerging industries (including construction). 2. Development of new or modified programs or guideline standards that utilize competency-based (see Part VIIISection 2Key Definitions) or hybrid training models (see Part VIIISection 2Key Definitions). 3. Use of interim credentialing to acknowledge the skills an apprentice attains during training. 4. Adoption of Technology-Based Learning strategies for related instruction. 5. Strategic partnerships with the Office of Apprenticeship (OA), State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAA), and the public workforce investment system. 6. Innovative strategies to serve under-represented populations, particularly youth and women, to meet the talent development needs of regional economies through Registered Apprenticeship. 7. Innovative Partnerships with Education (Secondary and Post- Secondary) and other key stakeholders. Allowable activities may include developing new or modifying existing standards for apprenticeship programs (including national guideline standards), developing curricula to support these standards; using technology-based learning strategies; developing skill assessment tools for competency-based models; training and education to take advantage of the opportunities outlined in the new regulatory requirements; and conducting outreach and training efforts to educate members, affiliates, staff and partners on the new model. All applicants must develop or modify at least one national guideline standard with at least four programs and train a minimum of 100 apprentices in the new model. Additionally, all applicants must demonstrate that they have the ability and expertise to develop the new framework and the capacity to provide training to their membership. This expertise and capacity can be demonstrated by the individual applicant or through partnership with other organizations. ETA recognizes that the use of these approaches will offer apprentices greater opportunities to increase their knowledge and attain the skills that emerging and high growth industries demand. Additionally, the use of interim credentialing and competency-based models will ensure that apprentices receive recognition for the skills and competencies they have attained during and prior to completion of a traditional time-based program. ETA believes that expanding the use of these Apprenticeship models will increase the ability of apprenticeship programs to meet the needs of industries that require more flexibility in training a worker for the required level of proficiency and expertise.
Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA)
The Employment and Training Administration published a document in the Federal Register on November 17, 2008, announcing the availability of funds and issuing a solicitation for grant applications (SGA) for Local Young Offender Planning Grants, State/Local Juvenile Offender Implementation Grants and an Intermediary Juvenile Reentry Grant 73 FR 67884 (Nov. 17, 2008). This notice reopens the period during which applications for such funds may be submitted.