In 2005, the US Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) launched the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Initiative to help the unemployed find jobs faster and eliminate payments to ineligible individuals, thus reducing the length of time unemployment benefits were paid and saving Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund resources. The effectiveness of the REA Initiative has been substantiated by three separate IMPAQ studies since the initiative started.
This is the first of the three studies, published in 2008 which presented analyses of the early implementation of the REA Initiative. The second study, published in 2011, examined the effectiveness of REA in four states. The third study, published in 2012, examined the state of Nevada’s effective initiative.
To evaluate the impact of the REA initiative, IMPAQ collected REA program data and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and wage records from participating states. IMPAQ conducted a site-specific statistical analysis of the impact of the initiative on results associated with length of UI benefit receipts, exhaustion of UI benefits, overpayments, and return to work.
The findings suggested that that the REA initiative was likely to be an effective strategy to enhance the rapid reemployment of unemployed workers, reduce overpayments, and realize cost savings for the UI trust fund.
The Final Report for the Reemployment and Eligibility Study was delivered to Congress on June 30, 2011 to support their decision-making regarding the future funding of the REA Initiative and state funding allocations.
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration. (2008). Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) study: FY 2005 initiative final report. Washington, DC: Benus, J., Poe-Yamagata, E., Wang, Y., & Blass, E.