Provision of Reemployment Services. The workforce system plays a vital role in helping unemployed workers quickly find work, and in helping employers find workers when they are ready to hire. The Recovery Act includes a new, major investment to provide Reemployment Services to Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants. These funds are in addition to those provided through the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment program implemented under the UI system, currently in 19 states, and soon to be in others. All states and local areas must develop close partnering relationships between UI and One-Stop services to ensure UI claimants are quickly linked to a local One-Stop in their area to develop and pursue an employment plan. States are urged to leverage all available services to maximize the resources and enhance workers' opportunities to return to the workforce. ETA encourages states to find and share best practices through the online community of practice at www.reemploymentworks.workforce3one.org.
Geographic Solutions' Virtual OneStop systems with the optional UI interfaces module are well suited to this desired integration. ARRA funds might be used to create UI connectors – that is, a file feed or direct connection from a state UI system to Virtual OneStop to: