- III. Operational Planning Elements
The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above. Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs. This section must include—
III. b. 6. C. Use of Unemployment Insurance (UI) Wage Record Data
Explain how the State will meet the requirements to utilize quarterly UI wage records for performance accountability, evaluations, and as a source for workforce and labor market information, consistent with Federal and State law. (This Operational Planning element applies to core programs.)
Alabama will continue to utilize quarterly State UI records wage data as well the Staten Wage Interchange System (SWIS) which facilitates the exchange of wage data among participating States in order to measure progress and performance accountability for State and local area performance measures. This wage data also assists in evaluating and accessing workforce and local labor market information. Currently, the Alabama Workforce Development Division has a data sharing agreement with the Alabama Department of Labor (State UI records) and with SWIS. These data sharing agreements are modified as necessary to reflect changes in staff and/or federal or state law. Safeguards are in place to ensure wage data stored for reporting purposes is deleted after ETA reports have been generated.
The Alabama Department of Labor’s Unemployment Compensation Division will share specific bits of data as it relates to an individual’s wage history in keeping with 20 CFR part 603 and the Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law, Code of Alabama 25-4-118 (d) “The director may, at his discretion, release information regarding employment, wages, wage rates, and unemployment to institutions of higher education of this state, or a federal governmental corporation upon payment of a reasonable cost therefore, for the purpose of making economic analyses; provided, that such institution or corporation agrees that information so obtained will not be published or released by it to any person or persons in such a manner as to permit the identification of any specific individual or employing unit.” The bits of information that are provided will require the Department of Education to garner a release from each student and maintain a copy of such release in their file.