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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Trade Adjustment Assistance

Coordination and Alignment with Wagner-Peyser, Reemployment Services, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Unemployment Insurance, and One-Stop Career Center Partner Programs. ETA encourages states to align their use of WIA Adult formula funds and other federal and state resources, such as Adult Basic Education and Pell grants, and with their spending strategies for other funding streams provided through the Recovery Act to ensure the most efficient and effective use of all funding. In particular, states should integrate their implementation of Adult services with Reemployment Services and UI programs so that individuals have easy access to all programs, regardless of their point of entry into the system.

The ARRA included amendments to the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, starting May 18, 2009. The changes will make a wider range or workers eligible for the TAA, as well as increase the TAA funding, and change times and amounts related to the applications and eligibility rules.

The ARRA also recognizes the importance of aligning and using TAA program funding along with other programs funds such as WIA and other federal and state resources, as well as incorporating an integrated view of each of these funds and program.

Geographic Solutions' Virtual OneStop system already supports many states with an integrated case management system for multiple programs, which can include TAA. Geographic Solutions has been at the forefront of creating a case management system that integrates all federal and state programs, including a TAA program module to meet the business needs and adjusting business rules for states using the Virtual OneStop system to provide and manage TAA services. Geographic Solutions has already started the changes for the adjusting TAA rules to take place on or after May 18, 2009.

ARRA and Changes to TAA

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes significant amendments to the reauthorized Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. With these amendments, the TAA has changed to allow for a wider range or workers eligible for the TAA program (e.g., workers in service sectors as well as those producing articles), a larger total dollar amount available to TAA funding, and a wider range of times and amounts related to the applications and eligibility rules for TAA petitions, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA).

Geographic Solutions currently supports over 30 states using the Virtual OneStop® system. Several of those states use the system for integrated case management in multiple programs, including TAA. Geographic Solutions has been leading the way in TAA case management software, in states such as South Carolina, by making continuous adjustments to the Virtual OneStop TAA program module to meet all of the customer's needs or business rules in providing and managing TAA services. Geographic Solutions has already begun the incorporation of coding for the adjusting rules in the TAA changes to take place, for TAA petitions filed on or after May 18, 2009.

TAA and Program Integration

The ARRA recognizes the importance of aligning and using TAA program funding along with other programs funds such as WIA and other federal and state resources, as well as incorporating an integrated view of each of these funds and program.

Geographic Solutions has long been at the forefront of integrating the case management of federal and state programs. The Virtual OneStop TAA case management program is an integrated part of a Virtual OneStop case management package. Staff can quickly see case management data for the TAA program side-by-side with case management data for the Wagner-Peyser program, WIA program, Welfare Transition Program (WTP), Summer Youth Program (SYP), and other federal state programs. The system lets staff members use flexible tools to adjust views for seeing and transitioning between the various programs to make the best choices in available funding for an individual's possible services and enrollment in TAA or other programs in which they have eligibility.

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Virtual OneStop provides services for TAA assistance (such as job searches, careers services, and tracking services) specific to the needs vital to workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States. For applicants who need services to help them get back to work quickly, and who are eligible for TAA benefits, Virtual OneStop lets staff manage their TAA services within a Case Management Profile. The areas of an individual's involvement in a TAA program are displayed through the Program tab, side-by-side with any involvement or eligibility determined for the individual in other programs. This is consistent with how Virtual OneStop displays the services and tools for case management of all the other federal and state programs it supports.

The system provides counselors, case managers, and others who share information for TAA clients who receive a variety of program services. Like all of the other Virtual OneStop program modules, the TAA component is accessible by staff members, providers' staff, system administrators, partner agency counselors, etc.

TAA Components

  • TAA Application Wizard
  • TAA Participation Form
  • TAA Services Enrollment Wizard
  • Individual TAA Services / Activities Tracking
  • TAA Reporting and Performance Tracking
  • Manage TAA Follow Up and Surveys
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