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Trade Adjustment Assistance Program; Designation of Certifying Officers

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AGENCY:

Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice is to designate Certifying Officers to carry out functions under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program under chapter 2 of title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2271 et seq.), and the implementing regulations at 29 CFR part 90.

Background: The TAA program operates under the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, to provide assistance to domestic workers adversely affected in their employment by certain types of foreign trade. The Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 amended the Trade Act of 1974, expanded TAA coverage to more workers and firms, including workers and firms in the service sector; made benefits available to workers whose jobs have been off-shored to any country, as opposed to only covering certain shifts in production; and improved workers' training opportunities and opportunities for health insurance coverage. The new law also included additional funding for employment services and case management, extended income support, increased funding for training, and provided for earlier access to training. Workers become eligible for program benefits only if the worker group is certified under the Act as eligible to apply for adjustment assistance. From time to time the agency issues an Order designating or redesignating officials of the agency authorized to act as Certifying Officers, responsible for reviewing and signing adjustment assistance determinations. This also is done when current Certifying Officials retire or leave and/or when there is a need to designate new Certifying Officials. Employment and Training Order No. 1-11 was issued to revise the listing of officials designated as Certifying Officers, superseding the previous Order. The Employment and Training Order No. 1-11 is published below.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Erin FitzGerald, 202-693-3560.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Employment and Training Order No. 1-11

To: National and Regional Offices.

From: Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.

Subject: Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (Trade Act of 1974)—Designation of Certifying Officers.

1. Purpose. To designate Certifying Officers to carry out functions under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program under chapter 2 of title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2271 et seq.), and the implementing regulations at 29 CFR part 90.

2. Directive Affected. Employment and Training Order No. 1-09, July 28, 2009, 74 FR 40613 (August 12, 2009), which designated Certifying Officers, is cancelled and superseded.

3. Background. Regulations at 29 CFR part 90 vest persons designated as Certifying Officers with the authority and responsibility to make determinations and redeterminations and to issue certifications of eligibility of groups of workers to apply for adjustment assistance under the TAA program.

4. Designation of Officials. By virtue of my authority under Secretary's Order No. 6-2010, October 20, 2010 (75 FR 66267, October 27, 2010), I designate or Start Printed Page 2721redesignate as Certifying Officers for the TAA program:

a. Del Min Amy Chen, Program Analyst, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance

b. Michael W. Jaffe, Program Analyst, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance

c. Hope D. Kinglock, Program Analyst, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance

d. Elliott S. Kushner, Program Analyst, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance

e. Norris T. Tyler III. Director, Division of Management Information Systems and Investigations, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance

The foregoing officials are delegated authority and assigned responsibility, subject to the general direction and control of the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretaries of the Employment and Training Administration, and the Director of the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance or the successor office, to carry out the duties and functions of Certifying Officers under 29 CFR part 90 and any succeeding regulations.

5. Effective Date. This order is effective on date of issuance.

This order rescinds ETO 1-09.

This Employment and Training Order No. 1-11 was signed by Jane Oates on 1/11/11.

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Dated: Signed this 11th day January 2010.

Jane Oates,

Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2011-825 Filed 1-13-11; 8:45 am]

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