Trade Adjustment Assistance.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was created in 1962 to assist workers in the manufacturing sector who lost their jobs because of increased competition from imports. TAA provides training assistance, re-employment services and income support to these laid off workers. The most recent changes to the program took place in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including: provisions to extend eligibility to trade-affected workers in the service and public sectors; significant increases in authorized funding levels for training; streamlining reporting processes; and, creating a new sector partnership grant program for trade-impacted communities. (Note: due to the expiration of the 2009 amendments, expanded eligibility and benefits are only available for participants who filed TAA petitions between May 18, 2009 and February 14, 2011. For a complete description of these changes, please refer to NSC's TAA Brief in Training Policy in Brief.)
This page contains overview materials on TAA, as well as analysis developed by National Skills Coalition.
National Skills Coalition Platform and Overview
TAA Extension Act of 2011 Summary | September 2011
TAA Reauthorization Overview | February 2009
Overview of TAA | Training Policy in Brief, 2011
Training and Employment Guidance Letter on Phasing Out 2009 TAA Amendments | Department of Labor, December 15, 2010
TAA Community College and Career Training Grants Program—Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) | Department of Labor, 2011