NEWSLETTER | May 2021 | Volume 6 | Issue 4
Driving the national workforce agenda and providing value-added member services
Conferences & Meetings
UPCOMING MEETINGS
ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER!

The SIDES Seminar will be held virtually, May 26-27, 2021

The Seminar is a gathering for state workforce members, employers, and third-party administrators (TPAs) to discuss current and developing trends in the unemployment program and how SIDES can be used to enhance integrity measures, streamline claims processing, and reduce agency costs.

NASWA members (state workforce agency personnel) and non-members may register at no cost.

The deadline to register is May 14.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
SSG Travis Mills
Sponsored by CVS Health Aetna
"Never Give Up. Never Quit."
Staff Sergeant Mills’ story inspired the creation of the documentary “Travis: A Soldier’s Story,” which played in theaters nationwide and has been featured on local and national news. His story is being adapted into a major motion picture directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring Stallone and Adam Driver. His book, “Tough as They Come,” is also a New York Times bestseller.
Shannon Huffman Polson
Sponsored by Microsoft
After nearly a decade as an Army officer and attack aviation leader, and later as a leader and manager in the corporate sector at Guidant and Microsoft, Shannon turned her attention to storytelling, in part through her Grit Project blog and in her new book. In The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the most Male Dominated Industry in the World (2020), Shannon shares her own critical leadership lessons along with candid stories of remarkable female leaders and trailblazers.
Ben Pring

Ben’s expertise in helping clients see around corners, think the unthinkable, and calculate the compound annual growth rate of unintended consequences has made him an internationally recognized expert on leading edge technology and its intersection with business and society.
Learn more about this year's keynote speakers.

The deadline to register is July 16.
What's Happening in the States
Content from states, for states
Submit what's happening in your state to naswa@naswa.org
Policy Committees Update
Employment & Training Committee Chair Testifies before Senate
Deniece Thomas, Chair of the Employment & Training Committee and Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions about COVID-19 recovery in the workforce.
News from the Veterans Affairs Committee
  • The NASWA Veterans Affairs committee met April 14 and 15. The 74 people in attendance heard updates from USDOL VETS and Helmets to Hardhats. Three work groups provided reports on ongoing strategic initiatives, and everyone shared information on COVID impacts.

  • Veterans Policy Director Lori Adams provided an update to state and federal staff attending the Chicago Regional VETS and State Workforce Agency Conference on April 21. She briefed the group on the upcoming Vets conference, provided information on NASWA’s State of the Workforce Report, and shared information on the pandemic’s impact on Unemployment Insurance.

  • NASWA partnered with Paralyzed Veterans of America on a new podcast focused on Veterans Priority of Service. The podcast featured Lori Adams from NASWA, and Susan Prokop from PVA. A link to the podcast will be available on the Vet Committee page on the NASWA website (member login required).
NASWA Learning
DID YOU KNOW?
There are eight Learning Paths available through NASWA Learning! Paths include courses for Executive Management, UI Professionals, and more.
UI IT Support Center (UI ITSC)
UI ITSC STEERING COMMITTEE VIRTUAL SPRING MEETING
The Unemployment Insurance Information Technology Support Center (UI ITSC) Steering Committee met on April 22 and 23, 2021 virtually via Zoom.

This spring meeting focused the current landscape of UI IT Modernization across the nation along with the challenges and opportunities for UI ITSC to provide advisory support and assistance to the states.
Workforce ITSC
WORKFORCE IT INSIGHTS
Workforce IT Insights is the newest offering from the Workforce IT Support Center (Workforce ITSC). This dashboard presents insights and intelligence that provide a look into trends related to the data and technology supporting Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs.

Browse the insights being used to analyze state needs, inform Workforce Academy content development, and identify technical assistance opportunities. Note: Member login required.
UI Integrity Center
IDH BI-WEEKLY CALLS ON FRAUD IDENTIFICATION
The Integrity Data Hub holds bi-weekly calls covering a variety of fraud identification topics. Calls are held every other Friday at 1:00 pm ET. This month’s calls are scheduled today, May 7 and Friday, May 21.



Who should attend? Any state workforce agency staff who utilize the IDH and/or receive or review IDH results and leads.

If you are interested in joining the next call or for more information, contact IDHTeam@naswa.org.
STATE LIAISONS
Serving as an on-demand extension of your staff, State Liaisons work with you to help identify UI integrity issues within your state and strategize custom solutions to reach your goals.
Have a question or need assistance? Contact your Liaison!

NASWA AFFILIATES
NASWA Affiliates enjoy exclusive benefits.

COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR REEMPLOYMENT AND RECOVERY AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Members-only resources and solutions are available to assist states with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. State workforce agency personnel can access information on Reemployment and Recovery as well as Unemployment Insurance.

NOTE: Materials are for internal use only and access requires a NASWA Member login.
COVID-19 PLAYBOOK
A tool for NASWA members (state workforce agency personnel), the COVID-19 Playbook is a compilation of resources on MEUC implementation and PUA Overpayment Waiver information for state workforce agencies.

NOTE: NASWA Member login is required to access.
Workforce Jobs
JOIN THE NASWA TEAM!

NASWA has openings in the following areas:


These and other jobs are available through our Workforce Jobs page.

Have a job to fill? State Workforce Agencies and Affiliates may email webmaster@naswa.org to submit an open position.
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