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ETA Region 2 hosted one of six trainings for states on the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA).  Over the course of two days, participants received a crash course in the 2009 Amendments.  Each day participants submitted evaluations and follow-up questions on that’s day’s content.  Each morning the questions were reviewed and answered for the entire group. On our second day, the question I had anticipated arose, “what is the role of Rapid Response in the reauthorization?”  I should share our Region purposefully invited Rapid Response Coordinators for this training to answer just this question, so needless to say I was not disappointed.  The answer though left me wondering, “what more?”  In the most minimal of terms, Rapid Response teams have an obligation to share information about the reauthorization to all dislocated workers during Rapid Response events; how to submit a Trade petition; the Process for becoming certified; and the benefits afforded to each worker if the petition becomes certified.  But, is that it?


The Trade Act and its options are tightly woven with the IRS’ Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) and that in turn has implications on decisions about COBRA.  The Act is also inextricably tied to the Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) which is the Unemployment Compensation portion that also needs to be unraveled for employers and employees alike. 


Rapid Response Teams are many times the early warning network about pending layoffs and closures in any one region.  The information Rapid Response may have can inform local and state Workforce Investment Boards  of potential petitions and the need for “gap-filler” National Emergency Grant applications.  Because Trade certifications may happen over a long period of time prior to and after an actual dislocation, this too can have implications for One-Stops and Unemployment offices who need to contact potential recipients.  The Rapid Response Team may be the first resource for contact information or access to that information for these workers.


These are but a few roles the Rapid Response Team may serve under TGAAA.  What other roles are you or might you serve as this new program launches in your region?


Blogging Away
Posted on August 21, 2009 by Amanda Shaffer
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The other week, I was  forwarded on article on the Texas Workforce Commission's new blog.  We love instant communication and gratification and we love snips and snaps of information, so what better way to satisfy our short attention spans than to blog away.  Check out the Texas Workforce Commission's blog @ or better yet try try it out for yourself!  Let us know if you want to blog on our site or have your own blog by commenting.  As always,  I and the reemployment community looks forward to hearing from you.

Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s Recovery and Reemployment Research Conference! The conference brought together researchers and practitioners from across the workforce system to explore past and present research on the delivery of reemployment services throughout the workforce investment system, the linkages between unemployment insurance and the employment service, and effective strategies to best serve unemployed workers.


Attendance and participation exceeded our expectations and has strengthened our commitment to building bridges between the research and practitioner communities. Conference highlights included opening remarks from ETA Assistant Secretary Jane Oates and Department of Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter, in which they pledged to join efforts to meet the training and education needs of American workers. The thirty workshops covered topics from WIA reauthorization, to successful strategies for training low-skill workers to helping UI recipients get back to work. All of the sessions were well-attended and the conference  


We are in the process of posting on this website the plenary and workshop PowerPoint presentations, as well as video and audio from many of the sessions.  An email will be sent to all conference participants and Reemployment Works! members to let you know when the materials are posted on this site.


Thanks again for your participation, and we look forward to continuing the conversation!


For more information on the background and goals of the conference see  TEN 5-09


Today, I played guinea pig. Using myself as the beta subject, I embarked on a mission to answer the lone question: are my skills transferable from government worker/ coach (side-job) to a post-secondary art, drama and music Teacher? Now, there's a leap, right?! Of course, I have to add the caveat that I'm perusing my Master's in Fine Arts Degree for Stage and Screen, so this endeavor isn't a complete lark.

Anyway, back to the question, so I started to surf around America's Career Infonet and stumbled upon the "skills profiler." The skills profiler was easy, transparent, and quick! At the conclusion of this pithy questionnaire, I discovered that based upon my skills I was a good match for a Criminal Justice (i.e. my undergrad did "it" know this about me?!), English, or Political Science (i.e. my minor in college...coincidence, I think not!) teacher and based upon my work activities Art, Drama, and Music Teacher, along with English Language were both great fits. So, the answer to my question is *drum roll please*...a resounding yes! Of course, I might need to finish that MFA degree before I send out those applications...

Moral of the story, I encourage you all to play the guinea pig...test out the Career Infonet tools for yourself or your clients at, and did I mention it's free? As always, I invite your comments, ideas, and feedback on this blog.

This webinar focused on New Jersey and Nevada, which shared their success in connecting their unemployment insurance claimants to critical Wagner-Peyser and WIA services.

Yustina Saley, Director, Labor Market & Demographic Research, New Jersey Department of Labor presented information on the RealTime Jobs in Demand Tool--a tool that has a variety of uses including linking dislocated workers with current jobs and potential training programs. The tool is based on data collected through Spider Technology, which is software that queries thousands of private and government job boards and websites, newspaper and other meda outlets' classified media postings as well as corporate and community job boards and website for employment opportunities. The New Jersey Real Time Jobs in Demand Tool analyzes this data to identify trends and the job openings by industry and occupation. The report is sent out biweekly and an email is generated to job applicants with links to matching jobs. The new tool allows New Jersey to cross-reference the number of job openings to the number of people looking for work in a certain occupation/industry thereby identifying the labor shortage in the region/state.

Kim Morigeau and Theresa Nicks from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation presented information about the strong collaboration, commitment and communication between employment service and unemployment insurance staff as well as the strong connection with the IT department that has developed tools to integrate the UI computer systems with Nevada's Job Connect operating system, allowing a completed Job Connect registration at the time they file their initiatl UI claim. Nevada also developed an automated call-in system that selects UI claimants to receive reemployment services, hired additional JobConnect (RES) staff, cross trained RES/UI staff as well as implemented new group orientations for the worker profiling and reemployment services system. Nevada became involved in two initiatives, REA and RES--that have the objective of assisting UI claimants to find jobs through the One Stop centers by providing one-on-one assessment interviews and follow-up assistance. Overall, the REA and RES initiatives were successful and below are sheets describing the initiatives as well as showing outcome statistics.

Please post your comments on the webinar and your post-webinar thoughts and questions on the Discussion Thread.

Discussion Thread for post-webinar questions

Recorded Webinar

Written Transcript

Presentation Slides (zip file)

REA Handout

RES Handout

ETA recently published the Regional Forums Final Report, which summarizes the content and outcomes from six Regional Recovery and Reemployment Forums held across the country between April and June. The Forums were developed to provide timely and regionally customized technical assistance to the workforce system.  Designed to be a follow-up to the ReemploymentWorks! Summit held in January in Baltimore, and with more than 2200 people participating across the country, the Forums expanded and deepend the conversations started there.

All of the Regional Recovery and Reemployment Forums focused on the immediate and effective implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as on enhancing the effectiveness of system-wide Reemployment efforts.  Given the timing of the Forums, it isn't suprising that two especially popular topics were Summer Youth Programs and Green Jobs. Each of the Forums offered multiple plenary sessions, and across the six there were 143 workshop options.  Workshops covered all seven of the "Reemployment buckets" identified by the Reemployment Architects and Designers (RAD) group at the Baltimore Summit, including: Actionable Workforce Data and Information, Early Warning Networks and Rapid Response, Flexible Service Delivery, Skills Assessment, Skills Transferability, Tools and Technology, and Unemployment Insurance System Integration, as well as ARRA-related discussions like Green Jobs, Youth,and Performance and Reporting.

The final report provides an overview of information presented at the Forums and summarizes the Forums feedback into three categories:  policy recommendations directed to USDOL, questions and technical assistance needs raised, and action steps committed to/taken at the Forums.  The report appendices offer individual details on each of the six Forums and several valuable resource lists.

I strongly encourage you to read the final report and discuss it with your colleagues.  The report is rich in ideas about how to improve the effectiveness of our service strategies, build more effective partnerships, and achieve stronger and more lasting results - ideas all worthy of much discussion and exploration.  We can facilitate further discussion of any of these topics on the Community of Practice (CoP).  So please read the report, comment on it, and let the discussion begin!  As one Forum participant said, "The need and the opportunity to make a difference is now!"

Click here to read the full report.

For those who haven't yet had a chance to look at the ETA report on the Spring 2009 Recovery Act readiness consultations, we wanted to highlight the availability of the report on the ETA Web site.  The report notes that the majority of state systems are well-positioned to implement the Recovery Act, with most states needing only low levels of technical assistance.  Commonly-reported technical assistance need areas include Reporting, One-Stop Readiness, Supportive Services, Trade and WIA Integration, and Demand Industries and Workforce Information.  Many states and territories indicated an interest in learning from peers about how they are implementing Recovery Act provisions, as well as accessing resources and tools to support their ongoing efforts - key functions of our reemployment Community of Practice.  We encourage you to continue to use this space to connect with your colleagues, share strategies and tools, and obtain support for your Recovery Act implementation activities!