Employment and Training Administration February 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2012-4577
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-28
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Funding Opportunity and Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program
Document Number: 2012-4258
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-27
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor (the Department) announces the availability of up to $500 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants program. The TAACCCT grants program provides eligible institutions of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002), with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, and are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program (``TAA-eligible workers'') of the Trade Act of 1974 (as amended) 19 U.S.C. 2271-2323, as well as other adults. Eligible institutions may be located in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or the U.S. territories; however, the competitiveness of institutions in the U.S. territories under this SGA may be impacted by their limited opportunity to serve TAA-eligible workers. The Department intends to fund multi-year grants to eligible institutions for either developing new education and career training program strategies or for replicating existing evidence-based design, development, and/or delivery strategies for such programs. In accordance with the TAACCCT requirement that each state receive at least 0.5 percent of the approximately $500 million total amount of funds available under this SGA, the Department intends to fund grants of $2.5 to $3.0 million to applicants from each State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In addition to grants of $2.5 to $3.0 million to individual applicants, the Department intends to fund grants of $5 million to $15 million to consortium applicants that propose programs that will impact TAA-eligible workers and other adults across a state, region or regions, industry sector or cluster of related industries. Eligible institutions that received individual grants or were the ``lead institution'' under the Solicitation for Grant Applications for TAACCCT Grants Program Funding Opportunity Number: SGA/DFA PY 10-03, dated January 20, 2011, are not eligible to apply for grants under this SGA, however, may serve as member institutions in a consortium application under this SGA. The complete SGA and any subsequent SGA amendments, in connection with this solicitation are described in further detail on ETA's Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/ or on http:// www.grants.gov. The Web sites provide application information, eligibility requirements, review and selection procedures and other program requirements governing this solicitation.
Notice of a Change in Status of an Extended Benefit (EB) Period for Maine and Michigan
Document Number: 2012-4295
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-24
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces a change in status of payable periods under the EB program for Maine and Michigan. The following changes have occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding these States' EB status: Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on January 24, 2012, Maine and Michigan do not meet one of the necessary criteria to remain on in the EB program: Having a TUR trigger rate at least ten percent greater than the rate for a comparable period in any of the three prior years. This triggered Maine and Michigan ``off'' the EB program with the week ending January 28, 2012. The end of the payable period in both states in the EB program will be February 18, 2012. The trigger notice covering state eligibility for the EB program can be found at: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp.
Notice of a Change in Status of the Payable Periods in the Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2008 (EUC08) Program for Connecticut and Missouri
Document Number: 2012-4294
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-24
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces a change in status of the payable periods in the Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2008 (EUC08) program for Connecticut and Missouri. Public Law 111-312 extended provisions in Public Law 111-92 which amended prior laws to create a Third and Fourth Tier of benefits within the EUC08 program for qualified unemployed workers claiming benefits in high unemployment states. The Department of Labor produces a trigger notice indicating which states qualify for EUC08 benefits within Tiers Three and Four and provides the beginning and ending dates of payable periods for each qualifying state. The trigger notice covering state eligibility for the EUC08 program can be found at: http:// ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claimsarch.asp. The following changes have occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding these States' EUC08 status: Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on January 24, 2012, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate for Connecticut and Missouri fell below the 8.5% threshold to remain ``on'' in Tier 4 of the EUC08 program. As a result, the current maximum potential entitlement for Connecticut and Missouri in the EUC08 program will decrease from 53 weeks to 47 weeks. The week ending February 18, 2012 will be the last week in which EUC claimants in Connecticut and Missouri can exhaust Tier 3, and establish Tier 4 eligibility. Under the phase-out provisions, claimants can receive any remaining entitlement they have in Tier 4 after February 18, 2012.
Notice of Funding Opportunity and Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for the Workforce Data Quality Initiative
Document Number: 2012-3982
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-22
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Through this notice, the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $12.1 million from funds made available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 DOL appropriation for Training and Employment Services for grants to State Workforce Agencies (SWA) to develop the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). ETA expects to award approximately twelve grants of up to $1 million each for a 36 month period of performance. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities. Eligible applicants for this solicitation are those SWAs within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that were not recipients of a round one WDQI grant (as a result of solicitation SGA/ DFA PY 09-10). Grants awarded will provide SWAs the opportunity to develop and use State workforce longitudinal administrative data systems. These State longitudinal data systems will, at a minimum, include information on programs that provide training, employment services, and unemployment insurance. These systems must also be linked longitudinally at the individual level to allow for analysis which will lead to enhanced opportunity for program evaluation and lead to better information for customers and stakeholders of the workforce system. In addition, these systems must connect with the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) databases. Where such longitudinal systems do not exist or are incipient, WDQI grant assistance may be used to design and develop workforce data systems that are longitudinal and which are designed to link with relevant education data or longitudinal education data systems. WDQI grant assistance may also be used to improve upon and more effectively use existing State longitudinal systems. The complete SGA and any subsequent SGA amendments, in connection with this solicitation are described in further detail on ETA's Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/ or on http://www.grants.gov. The Web sites provide application information, eligibility requirements, review and selection procedures and other program requirements governing this solicitation.
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2012-3924
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment of H-2B Aliens in the United States
Document Number: 2012-3058
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-02-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration
The Department of Labor (the Department) is amending its regulations governing the certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment and the enforcement of the obligations applicable to employers of such nonimmigrant workers. This Final Rule revises the process by which employers obtain a temporary labor certification from the Department for use in petitioning the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to employ a nonimmigrant worker in H-2B status. We have also created new regulations to provide for increased worker protections for both United States (U.S.) and foreign workers.
Notice of Funding Opportunity and Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for Serving Young Adult Ex-Offenders Through Training and Service-Learning
Document Number: 2012-3773
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-17
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Through this notice, the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $30 million to serve juvenile offenders ages 18-21 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system from the age of 14 or above and have never been convicted as an adult under Federal or State Law. ETA expects to award a minimum of 20 grants at various amounts up to $1.5 million each to cover a 30-month period that includes up to four months of planning and a minimum of 26 months of operation. Any non-profit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, unit of state or local government, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under WIA Section 166 may apply for these grants. Service- learning projects conducted through these grants must integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection that enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and encourage lifelong civic engagement. Training provided through these grants is expected to lead to credentials recognized by in demand industries in the grantee's geographic area to be served. Through service-learning, returning offenders are offered the opportunity to reestablish community-based trust while enhancing their work-based skills and status in their communities. The complete SGA and any subsequent SGA amendments, in connection with this solicitation are described in further detail on ETA's Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/ or on http://www.grants.gov. The Web sites provide application information, eligibility requirements, review and selection procedures and other program requirements governing this solicitation.
Notice of a Change in Status of an Extended Benefit (EB) Period for New Mexico
Document Number: 2012-3495
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-15
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces a change in status of the payable periods under the EB program for New Mexico. The following change has occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State's EB status: The Federal authorization to have a three year look-back was recently extended to February 29, 2012. However, New Mexico used a hard end date in state law for the expiration of its three year look- back provision. As a result, New Mexico's three year look-back legislation has expired. With the expiration of the three year look- back, New Mexico failed to meet the criteria to remain triggered ``on'' to EB with the week ending January 7, 2012 and the payable period in the EB program for New Mexico concluded January 28, 2012. The trigger notice covering state eligibility for the EB program can be found at: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp.
YouthBuild Program
Document Number: 2012-2373
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-02-15
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) issues this final rule to implement the YouthBuild Transfer Act of 2006 (Transfer Act), which establishes the YouthBuild program in the Department under subtitle D of Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) as amended. The final rule clarifies the requirements of the Transfer Act for YouthBuild program providers and participants. The final rule sets the standards under which YouthBuild program providers can carry out the goals of the program, which are to assist at-risk youth in obtaining a High School diploma or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and acquiring occupational skills training that leads to employment through the construction/rehabilitation of housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in the community.
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2012-3323
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-14
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2012-3322
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-14
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of a Change in Status of the Payable Periods in the Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2008 (EUC08) Program for Alaska
Document Number: 2012-3253
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-13
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces a change in status of the payable periods in the Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2008 (EUC08) program for Alaska. Public law 112-78 extended provisions in Public Law 111-92 which amended prior laws to create a Third and Fourth Tier of benefits within the EUC08 program for qualified unemployed workers claiming benefits in high unemployment states. The Department of Labor produces a trigger notice indicating which states qualify for EUC08 benefits within Tiers Three and Four and provides the beginning and ending dates of payable periods for each qualifying state. The trigger notice covering state eligibility for the EUC08 program can be found at: http:// ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claimsarch.asp. The following change has occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State's EUC08 status: Alaska's 13-week insured unemployment rate for the week ending January 7, 2012, rose to meet the 6% threshold to trigger ``on'' to Tier 4 of the EUC08 program. The payable period for Alaska in Tier Four of EUC08 began January 22, 2012. As a result, the current maximum potential entitlement for claimants in Alaska in the EUC08 program will increase from 47 weeks to 53 weeks.
Notice Requesting Public Comment on Two Proposed Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program Performance Measures To Meet Requirements in the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA)
Document Number: 2012-3252
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-13
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (Department) is seeking public comment on two proposed UI Performs Core Measures for UI Integrity: (1) UI Improper Payments; and (2) UI Overpayment Recovery.
Notice of a Change in Status of an Extended Benefit (EB) Period for Alaska
Document Number: 2012-3251
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-13
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces a change in benefit period eligibility under the EB program for Alaska. The following changes have occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State's EB status: Alaska's 13-week insured unemployment rate (IUR) for the week ending January 7, 2012 rose to meet the 6% threshold to trigger ``on'' to the EB program. Alaska's payable period in the Extended Benefits program began January 22, 2012. The trigger notice covering state eligibility for the EB program can be found at: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp.
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2012-2886
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-08
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) for the Impact Evaluation of the YouthBuild Program; New Collection
Document Number: 2012-2850
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-08
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor