Federal officials are asking job seekers to submit applications for unemployment and unemployment benefits in order to help them fill out the forms that can be submitted by federal agencies to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Department of Labor announced Monday.
The Labor Department’s Office of the Inspector General is also asking jobseekers to complete forms to prove that they have “sufficient skills and experience” to be able to work for the federal government.
Those seeking unemployment assistance must provide the department with the information required to complete the application and provide a copy of the government-issued driver’s license, a copy or an electronic copy of their social security card, a social security number, a proof of residency, and a copy/download of their W-2 forms.
The form can be completed by anyone who applies to work as an employee, contractor, or other employee or contractor, and must show at least four years of full-time, year-round employment.
The forms can also be completed at any time after they are submitted.
Employees, contractors, and other employees are also required to provide documentation that they “have been actively engaged in employment or training” for at least six months and that they are employed and looking for a job.
Federal workers who are employed as part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or State Emergency Management Association (SEMA) program are also eligible to receive unemployment assistance under the new guidelines.
For example, an employee or subcontractor of a federal contractor who is in the U.S. on a FHA loan and has a full- or part-time position with the contractor is eligible to apply.
The employee or sub-contractor can also apply to receive assistance under a Federal Disaster Assistance Program (FDAP).
If the applicant has not been a federal employee for a year or more, but is working in a federal government position, he or she can submit a “short resume” for the FEMA program or an “active resume” that will demonstrate that the applicant is in a “high-demand” position and will be available to apply within 90 days.
Federal workers applying under the FDAP program can also use their Social Security numbers and other information that can help prove they are currently employed and seeking a job, and have a “sufficient” resume.
The Department of Health and Human Services is also offering job search assistance to job seekers, including job search tools, online job posting resources, and referral services.