TAA Technical Assistance Webinars

The Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (OTAA) conducts a number of live and recorded events to provide information to state grantees to help in the administration of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program.  In addition to the recorded webinars below, live events include two Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions on TAA reporting each quarter, two AMA sessions on TAA Data Integrity (TAADI) each quarter, two AMA sessions on TAA fiscal reporting each year, and scheduled live chats to discuss state practices and policies.  We also provide a forum for states to discuss issues of program administration as well as regular blog posts in issues related to state administration.  Most of these resources can be accessed through our WorkforceGPS Community.

Unless otherwise noted, webinars are hosted on the WorkforceGPS website. WorkforceGPS, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's (Department's) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), is an on-line interactive communications and learning platform designed to build the capacity of the workforce investment system. Members include the public workforce system and its strategic partners, such as employers, Federal agencies, community-and faith-based organizations, and educators. WorkforceGPS supplements other technical assistance provided by the ETA's national and regional staff to build the capacity of the workforce investment system to successfully meet the employment needs of America's workforce and employers. For questions regarding accessing WorkforceGPS, please send an email to support@workforcegps.org.

 

TAA Regulations Trainings

The following are recorded webinars on the TAA final rule which became effective on September 21, 2020. These discuss specific sections of the regulations and discuss important updates and changes. (Recorded 8/24/2020 to 9/18/2020)

 

Section Webinar
Overview Walkthrough of TAA Final Rule
Subpart A General
Subpart B Petitions, Investigations, and Determinations
Subpart C Employment and Case Management Services
Subpart D Job Search and Relocation Allowances
Subpart E Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance
Subpart F - Part 1 Training Services (Part 1)
Subpart F - Part 2 Training Services (Part 2)
Subpart G Trade Readjustment Allowances
Subpart H Administration by Applicable State Agencies
Subpart I Allocation of Funds to States for Training and Other Activities

 

State Practices and Other Topics

The following are recorded webinars on general topics such as State practices, new strategies and resources, serving specific populations, etc.

  • Business Engagement for Successful Outcomes: In this webinar, we will look at how States are successfully engaging with businesses to best serve workers and get them reemployed. The strategies discussed will help support targeted business needs and subsequently support seamless transition from training into employment. This includes making training opportunities to match business needs, building connections with the business community, and getting business involved in the training process. (Recorded 11/19/2019)
  • Back from Tennessee: Debriefing Their National Trade Convening: In July 2019, the State of Tennessee developed, organized, and hosted a Trade-focused three-day Dislocated Worker Conference. Tennessee's ability to host benefited from the flexibility of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program's employment and case management services and paid for, in part, using TAA Training and Other Activities Program funds. (Recorded 10/30/2019)
  • All Aboard! The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Community has Launched!: Learn about the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers community that was launched summer 2019. Its mission is to openly share resources and expertise with TAA Program practitioners, to provide a platform for peer to peer learning, and to channel our shared passion into the continuous improvement of the TAA Program. (Recorded 9/13/2019)
  • Serving English Language Learners under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program: A discussion of challenges and promising practices in serving English language learners under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program. This interactive discussion will be facilitated by the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance and will feature presentations from states. (Recorded 7/19/2019)
  • Virginia Best Practice Model: Workforce & Adult Education Working Together: Interested in leveraging Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) outreach, creating work contextualized learning and identifying employer-based training? Join us for a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) best practice webinar to hear about PluggedinVA (PIVA). PIVA has served cohorts of dislocated workers in Virginia (including TAA participants) since 2008. (Recorded 02/08/2018)
  • Oregon Best Practices: This presentation will feature a variety of new strategies for increasing petition filing, innovating staff infrastructure, and working directly with employers in a manner that increases participation and program expenditures. Come hear from the state that ranked #1 in petition filing and overall participation in FY 2016! (Recorded 10/18/2017)
  • Who is the TAA Customer. Resources, Characteristics and Strategies for TAA and other Adult Learners: Webinar designed to distinguish key characteristics of TAA demographic, identify training aversion as a cause of low enrollment for adults, discuss causes of training aversion, identify resources and strategies for dealing with training aversion, and provide information on TAA resources and points of contact for connecting with TAA population. (Recorded 04/15/2016)

Petitions

The following are recorded webinars on petition filing and related topics.

  • Quality Petition filing for the TAA Program: This webinar reinforces the policy provided in subpart B of the 2020 TAA Final rule.  It will include tips on submitting quality information that will support the fastest possible petition determination as well as successor-in-interest and staff workers. (Upcoming 11/09/2020)
  • ITC-Related Petitions for TAA Program: This webinar will familiarize participants with the International Trade Commission (ITC) related petition process. We will discuss how ITC decisions relate to Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), group eligibility requirements, and how ITC-related petitions differ from other petition types. The associated FAQ is here. (Recorded 12/18/2018)

Eligibility

The following are recorded webinars discussing notifying eligible workers and determining their eligibility.

  • New Hampshire and Massachusetts Best Practices: This presentation will feature strategies from two states that build collaboration through IT Systems to accelerate notification, eligibility and follow up of TAA Participants. Come learn strategies that explain why Massachusetts has the highest ERR in Region 1 and why New Hampshire has the highest take-up rate (percentage of group-eligible workers who enroll in TAA) in the country! (Recorded 11/14/2017)

Co-Enrollment and Program Integration

These webinars discuss co-enrollment and how to provide integrated services to participants.

  • Integrated Services under the TAA Final Rule: This webinar will be a review of states' obligations under the governor-secretary agreement for the TAA program, as well as annual financial agreement, the staffing flexibilities now available for employment and case management services, the role of TAA as a partner in the one-stop system, and cost allocation practices. (Upcoming 11/23/2020)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Title I Dislocated Worker Co-Enrollment: Why is co-enrollment of participants in the TAA and Dislocated Worker programs important? How does it benefit participants? Come to this webinar to learn about co-enrollment, its benefits and the myths that keep national co-enrollment rates low. This webinar will include a state panel portion to maximize peer-sharing. (Recorded 06/13/2018)

Case Management

The following are recorded webinars discussing providing case management to TAA participants.

  • Employment and Case Management Services Fund Flexibilities: This webinar will review a range state best practices under the TAA program that leveraged case management flexibilities to serve mission critical objectives, followed by a panel discussion by presenters of the challenges that drove decisions and the path that led to the outcomes of their initiatives. (Upcoming 12/15/2020)
  • Guiding and Coaching Trade Affected Workers: The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program has abundant resources to serve trade-affected workers. However, it can be challenging to get workers to enroll in and successfully complete training. In this webinar, we will look at staffing roles that have been adopted in Oregon and Montana to provide support to workers to maximize reemployment goals through training. (Recorded 11/12/2019)
  • Applying "Lean" Strategies to Case Management: In this webinar for the TAA Program, states will present their experiences with "Lean" strategies for case management. These best practices focus on TAA case management but can be leveraged for other workforce programs. Presenters will include staff from Arizona who have operationalized the results of their "Lean" analysis and from Rhode Island who are in the process of implementing solutions. (Recorded 5/30/2019)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Case Management: What is case management? Why is case management important? This webinar will focus on the importance of case management in the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program and break down what case management means including why it's important. This will be presented in two parts including a federal panel and state best practices from across the country. (Recorded 11/15/2018)

Training

The following recorded webinars discuss the provision of training services and related issues for TAA participants.

TRA and A/RTAA Benefits

The following recorded webinars discuss Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) and Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) benefits as well as the agent/liable state relationship.

Participant Reporting

The following are recorded webinars on TAA participant reporting.

  • TAA Performance Series: Measurable Skills Gains: This webinar will discuss the Measurable Skills Gains performance measure for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program as well as how this ties to other measures. (Recorded 03/24/2020)
  • TAA Performance Series: Credential Attainment: This webinar discusses the Credential Attainment performance measure for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program as well as how this relates to the Trade Adjustment Assistance Data Integrity (TAADI) measure. (Recorded 03/04/2020)
  • TAA Performance Series: Median Earnings: This webinar discusses the Median Earnings performance measure for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program as well as the TAA-specific wage replacement measure. (Recorded 02/19/2020)
  • TAA Performance Series: Employment Rate: This short webinar discusses the Employment Rate performance measures for the TAA Program. (Recorded 01/23/2020)
  • Reporting TAA "Efforts to Improve Outcomes" in PIRL: This webinar will focus on how to write high-quality narratives for "Efforts to Improve Outcomes" in Participant Individual Record Layout (PIRL). Presenters will discuss the types of information that users should or should not include. (Recorded 01/24/2019)
  • Today's TAADI Webcast: This webcast discusses the TAADI protocols and requirements. We review the purpose and goals, recent changes to measures, additional resources, and discuss the annual review process. This webcast also provides a walkthrough of how to use the TAADI Self-Check to both obtain unofficial results and how to identify records affecting TAADI results.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance PIRL Reporting: Data is the single most important channel for helping Congress and other stakeholders see the value of the TAA Program. Correct reporting of activity is vital to program continuity. This presentation will feature important guidance on PIRL reporting, which begins in FY 2018. The webinar will include explanations of key elements and calculations, where to locate important resources, and important timelines for implementation. Priority attendance for TAA Program and Reporting staff alike! (Recorded 11/21/2017)
  • Rapid Response Reporting for Trade Adjustment Assistance: Rapid Response is a key tool to minimizing the disruption that layoffs have on the workforce. States are required to provide Rapid Response services for trade-affected individuals, but often separation of Rapid Response teams from those who administer trade program data complicates the collection and reporting of this critical data element. The presentation will examine how Rapid Response shapes outcomes, how TAA Data Integrity (TAADI) aims to improve Rapid Response reporting, and provide a forum for states to discuss the costs and benefits of their particular implementation. (Recorded 09/30/2015)

TAA Administrative Collection of States

The following are recorded webinars discussing the TAA Administrative Collection of States (TAAACS) or results of the collection.

  • TAAACS Review of Initial Results: This webinar reviews the initial data collected through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Administrative Collection of States including common staffing models, integration results, information technology functionality, and program prioritization. (Recorded 04/23/2020)
  • TAAACS Overview and Questions: This webinar discusses the new TAAACS, its purpose and use, the timeline for collection, and address questions on the content. (Recorded 01/30/2020)

Financial Reporting and Funding

The following are recorded webinars discussing TAA financial reporting and funding.

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Financial Overview: This webinar will the cover the financial basics of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) grants. We discuss the types of grants, expenditure requirements, and common issues. We also discuss cost allocation principles and some non-traditional uses of case management funding. (Recorded 01/09/2020)
  • Seven Tips for Preparing Approvable TAA Program Reserve Funding Requests: This webinar explains what to do (and what to avoid) when preparing and submitting Requests for TAA Program Training and Other Activities Reserve Funds. (Recorded 12/11/2019)
  • Promising Practices that Support Accurate Fiscal Tracking and Reporting: Accurate fiscal tracking and reporting is important for telling the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program and other workforce programs' stories, effective program management, and being good fiscal stewards. Hear from Florida, Georgia, and the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board about their fiscal tracking systems and successes. The webinar also has discussion of accrual accounting which is the required reporting method for federal grants. (Recorded 6/18/2019)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Fiscal and State Best Practices Webinar: Given the differences in the laws governing different Fiscal Year (FY) grants, Parts One and Two of this webinar provides a brief review of the rules that govern funds allocated for trade-related State administration, employment and case management, and other program funds. Part Three provides clarification on how TAA Program case management funds may be used to contribute to system improvements and to support infrastructure shared by other workforce programs provided through the American Job Centers; and Part Four provides fiscal tips for good strategies for spending. (Recorded 08/08/2013)