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Current Study

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act Study

Purpose:

  • To conduct a national evaluation of Unemployment Insurance (UI) under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.
  • To impart lessons learned from the Middle Class Tax Relief Act provisions for the UI program, workforce development, and the workforce system.

Background:

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 provided unemployment benefit continuation and program improvement in multiple ways, including:

  • Reformed unemployment compensation (UC) to promote work and job creation through consistent job search requirements, state flexibility to promote reemployment, and better recovery of overpayments.
  • Extended and modified the Emergency Employment Compensation Program and temporarily extended the Extended Benefit Provisions.
  • Improved reemployment strategies under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program by requiring all federal benefits (EUC and Extended Benefits) conform to the same standard for work search, reassessing unemployment eligibility for the long term unemployed, and improving recovery of overpayments.
  • Standardized and temporarily financed Short-Term Compensation Program.
  • Authorized states to create Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs available to the long-term unemployed.
  • Authorized State Reemployment Demonstration (SRD) projects for up to 10 states. SRD projects are designed to expedite the reemployment of individuals receiving state UC or to improve the effectiveness of a state carrying out its state law with respect to reemployment.

Tasks:

  • Conduct an implementation and process study of the reemployment intervention that states established in response to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 (EUC08).  The law required all claimants eligible for Tier 1 and Tier 2 benefits to receive Reemployment Services (RES) and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (REAs).
  • Analyze the implementation, operation, and outcomes of SEA programs.
  • As necessary, conduct a study on any states that initiate a State Reemployment Demonstration (SRD) project. The law allows for up to 10 states to modify their law to attempt innovative approaches to 1) expedite reemployment of certain individuals found eligible for UC; or 2) improve the effectiveness of a state in carrying out its state law with respect to reemployment.

Project Duration: 5 years

Contract End Date: January 2018

Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research

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