UI Data Confidentiality: Access to Wage Records for Performance Measurement

Oct 22, 2014

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The demand for UI participant wage records to measure program performance has increased markedly in recent years. Students, workers, employers, educators and policymakers are keenly interested in the labor market outcomes of graduates from workforce development and postsecondary programs. Given this greater emphasis on outcomes and accountability, an increasing number of education and training programs are conducting, or seeking, data matches with UI wage records. During a UI track workshop at the 2014 National UI Directors’ Conference and IT/Legal Issues Forum in Salt Lake City, UT, October 20-23, 2014, Suzanne Simonetta, U.S. Department of Labor shared information about permissible disclosures to public educational entities and the workforce system under Federal regulations at 20 CFR 603, and how WRIS and WRIS II can be used to measure performance without disclosing personally identifiable information.

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