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Jan 19 -- The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office, Department of Labor, invites comment by March 20, 2023 regarding the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) Program Implementation Study.

DOL funds RESEA programs across all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. States and territories use these funds to address the reemployment services needs of Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants and to prevent and detect UI improper payments (Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 8-18). The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-123) included amendments to the Social Security Act (SSA) that create a permanent authorization for the RESEA program. The permanently authorized RESEA program in Section 306 of the SSA provides for a phased implementation of new program requirements over several years, one of which is to “establish and expand the use of evidence-based interventions” in states' RESEA programs. To help meet this requirement and build evidence about RESEA, DOL is conducting an implementation study that will provide an understanding of current RESEA programs and program components being implemented in the field. As part of this implementation study, DOL will conduct a web-based survey of all RESEA grantees nationwide. This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on a new proposed information collection activity that will be used for the implementation study.

Web-based survey instrument. The evaluation team will conduct a survey of all states and territories operating RESEA programs to systematically gather up-to-date information about RESEA program operations not available in existing documents. This includes detail on how reemployment services are provided, interactions with federal workforce programs, how eligibility assessment and enforcement are carried out, types of reemployment services provided, and exploratory information about evaluation activities.
 
RESEA https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/american-job-centers/RESEA
Draft data collection instrument: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/js9lou2qgjksllxoxph9s/RESEA-Survey_Wave4-Revisions_Clean.docx?dl=0&rlkey=x4kl0qe9wnhp3eymqpsz1dfzx
Prior (2020) submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202005-1290-001
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-00917

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