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  • HHS/ACF Announces Release of the "ACF Confidentiality Toolkit" Designed to Promote Information Sharing to Improve Service with Fidelity to Confidentiality Laws and Requirements

    An Administration for Children and Families (ACF) August 19 blog posts notes:

    The "ACF Confidentiality Toolkit" is a document that we`ve been working on for several years. Its goal is to help state and local efforts to understand how and when it is appropriate to share information about a family or individual, in order to provide more effective services, in ways consistent with confidentiality laws and requirements... This is the latest product of the ACF Interoperability Initiative designed to support improved integration across human service programs and the systems that support them. We hope the ACF Confidentiality Toolkit will help state and local efforts by:

    Providing examples of how confidentiality requirements can be addressed and met in a manner fully consistent with governing laws and underlying policies

    Including sample Memoranda of Understandings and data sharing agreements

    Providing helpful guidance to states and localities

    The Toolkit preface was authored by ACF`s Acting Secretary Mark Greenberg:

    We`re very pleased to be issuing the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Confidentiality Toolkit, a product of ACF`s Interoperability Initiative.

    For decades, human services agencies have been seeking to identify ways to promote coordination and collaboration across the work of human services and other related entities in order to provide more effective services to children, families, and individuals with multiple needs.

    In recent years, advances in technology have provided new opportunities to support these efforts. "Interoperability"- national effort of technological and programmatic coordination - has the potential to provide for major steps forward in promoting information sharing and coordination across systems. For that reason, we created the ACF Interoperability Initiative Project; a collection of collaborative, interdisciplinary information technology projects designed to promote horizontal integration, facilitate shared services, and improve the landscape of systems supporting human services programs, including their coordination and integration with health programs.

    As states are developing Health Insurance Exchanges and new eligibility systems for Medicaid, there is an opportunity for Human Services programs to utilize components and services provided by these new systems. But having new systems alone isn`t a panacea. Systems need data. And, the ability to share information across systems will be crucial to the success of these efforts.

    At the same time, improved information sharing is not simply a technological challenge. Individual programs often have statutorily-established confidentiality requirements to protect the privacy, and dignity, of individuals and families in need of assistance or services. The confidentiality provisions serve important public purposes. In some cases, e.g., domestic violence programs, confidentiality provisions may literally be life-saving. In other cases, they are grounded in the recognition that a family in need of a particular service should not be compelled to share highly personal and private information across a full range of government agencies as a condition of receiving help.

    While confidentiality provisions play a vital public purpose, it is also the case that too often the complexities resulting from multiple varying confidentiality provisions can be a significant impediment to state and local efforts to improve service coordination. This can occur because it is sometimes unclear whether a particular provision is federal, state, or local; whether it is a requirement or just a long-standing practice; whether there are exceptions; and if confidentiality can be waived through consent, how that consent can be effectuated.

    With publication of this, our ACF Confidentiality Toolkit, we hope to support state and local efforts by bringing greater clarity to the rules governing confidentiality in ACF and certain related programs, by providing examples of how confidentiality requirements can be addressed and met in a manner fully consistent with governing laws and underlying policies; by including sample Memoranda of Understandings and data sharing agreements; and by providing guidance that we hope can be helpful in efforts to move forward in states and localities.

    We recognize that we are not addressing all programs and every potential issue, but we hope that this Confidentiality Toolkit will be helpful in state and local efforts, and we welcome your comments and suggestions for additional guidance and actions by ACF and other federal partners that can further support these efforts.

  • ETA Seeks to Extend PRA Authority for "Reemployment of Unemployment Insurance Recipients" Data Collection

    The Employment and Training Administration seeks to extend Paperwork Reduction Act authority for the Reemployment of Unemployment Insurance Benefit Recipients information collection. This information is collected at the State level, via electronic reporting Form ETA-9047 to determine the percentage of individuals who become reemployed in the calendar quarter subsequent to the quarter in which they received their first unemployment insurance (UI) payment. The data is used to measure performance under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, with the goal of facilitating reemployment of UI claimants. Social Security Act section 303(a)(6) authorizes this information collection.

    Comments are due by September 17. Click here for the August 18 notice. (Click here for the March 20, 2014 sixty-day notice.)

  • ETA Publishes Information for Stakeholder Engagement for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Implementation

    The Employment and Training Administration has announced series of webinars to engage the public in implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

    The Webinar dates and topics are as follows. All webinars will begin at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) and last for 1 hour.

    Thursday, August 21 - Strengthening the One Stop System - Register Now

    Friday, August 22 - Job-Driven Training for Adults and Dislocated Workers - Register Now

    Monday, August 25 - Integrated Performance Reporting and the ETPL - Register Now

    Tuesday, August 26 - Consultation with Consumers, Advocacy Groups, and Direct Service Providers on Services for Individuals with Disabilities - Register Now

    Thursday, August 28 - The Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program - Register Now

    Tuesday, September 2 - Services to Individuals with Disabilities - Register Now

    Friday, September 5 - Services to Disconnected Youth - Register Now

    Thursday, September 11 - Strategic Program Alignment and Unified Planning - Register Now

    Friday, September 12- WIOA and Registered Apprenticeship - Register Now

    Monday, September 15 -The Indian and Native American Program - Register Now

    To register to participate in one or more webinars, please visit the WIOA Resource Page at http://www.doleta.gov/WIOA. The discussion questions for each webinar will be shared in advance on this page.

    Training and Employment Notice 6-14 provides additional information.

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