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Mar 1 -- The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor, invites comments to OMB by April 1, 2024 regarding the proposed continued collection of ETA 581--Contribution Operations.

In support of the Unemployment Insurance statutory and regulatory requirements, the ETA 581 provides information on volume of work and state agency performance in determining the taxable status of employers and the processing of wage items; in the collection of past due contributions and payments in lieu of contributions, and delinquent reports; and in field audit activity. The data provide measures of the effectiveness of the tax program.

The ETA 581 is a comprehensive report of each state’s UI tax operations and is essential in providing quarterly tax operation performance data to DOL/ETA/OUI, the source of grants funding authority. Currently, the Division of Unemployment Insurance Operations, the Division of Performance Management, and the Division of Fiscal and Actuarial Services use this information in monitoring and measuring program performance and making projections and forecasts in conjunction with the budgetary process.

Using ETA 581 data, the “Computed Measures” function under the TPS program measures performance, accuracy, and promptness in employer registration (status determination), timeliness of filing contribution and wage reports, collections (accounts receivable), and the field audit function. Data on the ETA 581 also measures state efforts to detect employer tax avoidance schemes, which is known as State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA) Dumping. Section 303(k) of the Social Security Act requires states to detect SUTA Dumping.

Collection of ETA 581 information is an on-going operation. The report for each quarter is due in the ETA National Office on the 20th day of the second month following the quarter to which it relates, i.e., May 20, August 20, November 20, and February 20. Each of the fifty-three (53) SWAs – including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands – submits a Form ETA 581.

UI Data Dashboard: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/DataDashboard.asp
ETA submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202312-1205-014 Click IC List for data collection instruments, View Supporting Statement. Submit comments through this webpage.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2024-04385

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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