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Oregon Audit's Division

The Pandemic’s Effects on Oregonians Exposed Risks and Highlighted the Need to Modernize Oregon’s Unemployment Insurance System

This audit focuses on information and recommendations we can provide to improve the Oregon Employment Department's (OED) unemployment insurance system ahead of future surges in unemployment, similar to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have found that OED has made progress addressing some of the most public concerns, such as the inability of its phone-based system to handle the spike in claims that occurred in March 2020. Additionally, Oregon fared comparatively well in terms of fraud within their unemployment insurance program.
Oregon Secretary of State

State Leaders and Policymakers Must Address Persistent System Risks to Improve K-12 Equity and Student Success

The Student Success Act provides an extra $1 billion of tax money a year for early childhood education and K-12 school improvement. It requires the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to track district performance and work with districts to improve, building on other recent state and federal initiatives and bringing the state the closest it has been to meeting the funding recommendations of the Quality Education Model. This advisory report identifies five key risks we found that could undermine K-12 system improvement as the state implements the 2019 Student Success Act. The report draws on...
Department of Justice

Former State Employee Indicted for Unemployment Insurance Fraud

Department of Justice

Portland Housekeeper Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud after Stealing Covid-Relief Funds

Department of Justice

Portland Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stealing Covid-Relief Funds

Department of Justice

Justice Department Seeks to Stop Deceptive Marketing of Herbal Tea Product Advertised as COVID-19 Treatment

The Justice Department, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), today announced a civil enforcement action against B4B Earth Tea LLC, B4B Corp., and Andrew Martin Sinclair (collectively, “defendants”) for alleged violations of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act, the FTC Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).
New York Office of the State Comptroller

Department of Health: Use, Collection, and Reporting of Infection Control Data

The objective of this audit was to determine whether the Department of Health is collecting necessary data to make informed decisions and promote strong infection prevention and control policies, and whether the data collected by the Department, including data reported to the public, is accurate and reliable. While the Department's duty is to act solely to promote public health, we determined that, instead of providing accurate and reliable information during a public health emergency, the Department conformed its presentation to the Executive's narrative, often presenting data in a manner...
New York Office of the State Comptroller

New York City Restaurant, Retail and Recreation Sectors Still Face Uphill Recovery

This report examines the damage the pandemic has inflicted on the restaurant, retail, and recreation sectors, and considers the distribution of federal funds for businesses in the City, particularly for businesses in low- and moderate-income communities and in historically underutilized business zones. While approaches to targeting federal funding have improved, the City and the State have already recognized that they need to do more to assist the City’s disadvantaged businesses. The state of these sectors suggests support may be necessary for some time for them to fully recover.
New York Office of the State Comptroller

Medicaid: Enrollment Growth, COVID-19 and the Future

This report details the growth in Medicaid enrollment before and during the pandemic, as well as evaluating those enrollment changes in relation to the economy’s performance. The report also evaluates risks that could result from more enrollees remaining on Medicaid than projected, and offers recommendations for policy makers as we strive to effectively manage this essential program.