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Apr 11 -- The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office, Department of Labor, invites comment to OMB by May 11, 2023 regarding the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) Program Implementation Study.

The Chief Evaluation Office of the U.S. Department of Labor has contracted with Abt Associates and its partners—the Urban Institute, Capital Research Corporation, and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies—to conduct a five-year evaluation to develop strategies to support the evidence requirements for the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment program that were enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115–123). This data collection activity a reinstatement of a previously approved and completed data collection effort. The survey has been administered three times in prior years to state workforce agencies and this will be the fourth wave of the survey. Results from earlier waves documented different changes states were undertaking, particularly during different phases of COVID.

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.

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
DOL submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202211-1290-001 Click IC List for information collection instrument, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-07511

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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