4/19 Deadline For Comments On Proposed Rules For Selecting State Employment Service Delivery Systems Providers For Veterans

April 19, 2011 is the deadline for sharing comments with the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) on proposed regulations that would establish a uniform national threshold performance level to be applied to state grantees that provide employment services to veterans under both the Wagner-Peyser State Grants administered by the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration and the Jobs for Veterans State Grants administered by VETS.

Under the proposed rule published February 18, 2011 here, the national threshold will apply to “state employment service delivery systems” funded by these two-state grant programs but not the employment services provided through state and local agency grants under the Workforce Investment Act.  To determine whether any of the state employment service delivery systems are deficient in their services to veterans, the proposed rule will apply the national threshold as part of a two-step process:

  • Step 1, identify those state agencies whose performance on behalf of veterans is to undergo further review.
  • Step 2, conduct a comprehensive review of the operations and outcomes of those state agencies whose performance falls below the national threshold, taking into account economic conditions and other key factors that vary by state. If the review determines that the performance of a state grantee is deficient, the draft rule requires that the state grantee prepare a corrective action plan, with technical assistance provided by VETS. The corrective action plan then will be submitted to the department for approval.

For Help With Investigations, Policy Review & Updates Or Other Needs

If you need assistance in reviewing or commenting on the proposed rule or with other labor and employment, employee benefit, compensation, or other internal controls and practices, please contact the author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer here or at (469)767-8872.

Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) RPTE Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Committee, a Council Representative on the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, Government Affairs Committee Legislative Chair for the Dallas Human Resources Management Association, and past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, Ms. Stamer has counseled, represented and trained employers and other employee benefit plan sponsors, plan administrators and fiduciaries, insurers and financial services providers, third party administrators, human resources and employee benefit information technology vendors and others privacy and data security, fiduciary responsibility, plan design and administration and other compliance, risk management and operations matters for more than 23 years.  She also is recognized for her publications, industry leadership, workshops and presentations on these and other human resources concerns and regularly speaks and conducts training on these matters. Her insights on these and other matters appear in the Bureau of National Affairs, Spencer Publications, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Business Journal, the Houston Business Journal, and many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer and her experience or to access other publications by Ms. Stamer see here or contact Ms. Stamer directly.

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