On July 21, 2004 DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) published an interim final rule in the Federal Register to address the existing backlog in pending applications for labor certification for the permanent employment of aliens in the United States. The interim final rule, effective August 20, 2004, will allow the National Certifying Officer to transfer labor certification applications for permanent employment awaiting processing at State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) or ETA Regional Offices to a centralized ETA processing center(s). This rule does not affect the proposed rule that would implement the long-anticipated “PERM” program that would change the way labor certification applications are filed and processed [68 Fed. Reg. 43901 (AMDOC# 200209013] AMDOC#: 200407022