Sneak Preview: ETA Finalizes Senior Employment Rule Revision

August 17, 2018 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

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xgran_bookshot(The following was excepted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently finalized an interim rule issued in December 2017 revising the performance accountability measures for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Although the final rule becomes effective on Aug. 29, reporting requirements became effective earlier this year based on the interim rule.

SCSEP, authorized by title V of the Older Americans Act (OAA) (Pub. L. 89-73), is an employment and training program targeted specifically to low-income older individuals who want to enter or re-enter the workforce. Participants must be 55 years of age or older, with incomes no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level. The program offers participants training through community service employment assignments in public and nonprofit organizations and agencies so that they can gain on-the-job experience. According to ETA, the program’s goals are to promote useful opportunities in community service activities and transition SCSEP participants to unsubsidized employment, where appropriate, so they can be economically self-sufficient.

To comply with provisions in the Older American’s Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 (OAA Reauthorization Act) (Pub. L. 114-144), ETA issued an interim final rule in the Dec. 1, 2017, Federal Register to revise the program’s performance accountability measures and align them with those mandated for programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128). The OAA Reauthorization Act required that these new measures be implemented by Dec. 31, 2017.

The interim rule also made minor amendments to other subparts of the SCSEP regulations to align the SCSEP statutory language with WIOA. These changes included updating outdated terminology and references to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which WIOA superseded. Although the interim final rule took effect on Jan. 2, and grantees were then required to report performance information beginning on July 1, ETA sought public comments on the interim rule to consider for the final rule. After receiving comments from four associations and three individuals, ETA made no changes to the final rule.

(The full version of this story has now been made available to all for a limited time on Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert site.)

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