NEWSLETTER | February 2021 | Volume 6 | Issue 1
Driving the national workforce agenda and providing value-added member services
Conferences & Meetings
THE FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL WINTER POLICY FORUM WAS A SUCCESS!

Thanks to all who attended! All Conference materials will be available by Friday, February 19.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
UPCOMING WEBINARS
NASWA In Action
NEW! STATE OF THE WORKFORCE REPORT|RESPONDING TO THE PANDEMIC
The bi-annual State of the Workforce Report was released Wednesday, February 10.

This year's report, subtitled "Responding to the Pandemic," focuses on how the workforce agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands assisted American workers through one of the worst economic downturns our country has experienced.

Between March and December 2020, workforce agencies processed over 1 billion unemployment claims and paid out over half-a-trillion dollars in unemployment benefits.

"Last year, there were states that processed the equivalent of 10 years of unemployment applications within 10 months," said Scott B. Sanders, NASWA President and CEO.

NEW BOARD CHAIR-ELECT
We welcome Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development as our new Board Chair-Elect for the 2021 Association Year!

Robert fills the vacancy created by Suzi LeVine (former Commissioner, Washington Employment Security Department) as she accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Labor.

He will serve the remainder of the term through September 2021 and joins the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors: Chair - Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary, Alabama Department of Labor; Past Chair - Anna Hui, Director, Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations; Secretary - Robin Cooley, Director, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services; and Treasurer - Jackie Turner, Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
NASWA Services
VIRTUAL INSTRUCTOR-LED FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS COURSE AVAILABLE
NASWA Learning and the UI National Integrity Academy are pleased to announce the availability of the Virtual Instructor Led Fraud Investigations course. Learn more. 
FACT-FINDING & ADJUDICATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

NASWA Learning has recently completed the development of its Fact Finding & Adjudication Certificate program. Whether you are new to UI or a seasoned professional, this training program will provide you with real-world scenarios through interactive online lessons designed to teach or improve your fact-finding skills. Learn more.
UI IT SECURITY RESOURCES AND SERVICES
NASWA held a webinar discussing the recent UIPL 4-21 which focuses on security of UI IT systems. During the webinar, NASWA’s security team highlighted sections of the UIPL that are important for UI IT systems and described several resources and services that the NASWA team provides to state workforce agencies.

What's Happening in the States
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
MARYLAND
MISSISSIPPI
COVID-19 Resources
INTRODUCING THE NEW COVID-19 PLAYBOOK
A new tool for NASWA members (state workforce agency personnel), the COVID-19 Playbook is a compilation of resources for state workforce agencies by state workforce agencies.

NOTE: NASWA Member login is required to access.
You can also search Reemployment & Recovery COVID-19 topics in addition to Unemployment Insurance topics.

NASWA Members (state workforce agency personnel) have additional resources and solutions available for internal use only. This requires your NASWA Member login to access.
NASWA AFFILIATES
NASWA Affiliates enjoy exclusive benefits.

Bulletin Board
THE HIRE VETS MEDALLION AWARD PROGRAM IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Department of Labor’s HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veteran’s employment award that recognizes employers for their investments in recruiting, employing and retaining our nation’s veterans. This award is an opportunity to highlight your organization’s work to support America’s veterans.

NATIONAL VETERANS' TRAINING INSTITUTE WILL TO BE DELIVERED VIRTUALLY THROUGH JUNE 2021
The National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) will continue to conduct all regularly scheduled in-person classes virtually through the end of June 2021.  

Virtual classes are live, instructor-led events where students have a dynamic, engaging, and collaborative experience that mirrors closely face-to-face classroom events. Virtual classes benefit from support staff who assist with technical issues helping to ensure a smooth learning experience for students.

Contact: studentservices@nvti.org or 844.423.8872.
Workforce Jobs
Have you seen the jobs available on our Workforce Jobs page?

View the most recent job listings or email webmaster@naswa.org to submit a workforce development-related job.
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