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Colorado State Auditor

Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Public Report

During the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment in Colorado and nationwide led to an increase in claims for benefits. For example, the Department received 1,100 percent more claims in Calendar Year 2020 than it received in Calendar Year 2019.
Washington State Auditor

Fraud Investigation Report Employment Security Department

On October 27, 2020, the Employment Security Department (ESD) notified our Office regarding a potential loss of public funds, as required by state law. Our investigation determined a misappropriation of unemployment insurance benefit funds occurred at ESD, totaling $315,282, and that ESD made an additional $121,503 in questionable payments related to this situation between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. ESD also referred the case to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for investigation.
Missouri State Auditor

Federal American Recue Plan (ARP) Act Funding for COVID-19 Recovery September 2021

The primary objective of this report is to show Missouri's spending of federal assistance from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act in the month of September 2021 for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) recovery and the cumulative financial activity since the state began receiving funding in May 2021.
Missouri State Auditor

Federal Funding for COVID-19 Response September 2021

The primary objective of this report is to show Missouri's spending of federal assistance in the month of September 2021 for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency and the cumulative financial activity since the state began receiving funding in April 2020.
Missouri State Auditor

Federal Unemployment Funding for COVID-19 Response Through October 2021

The primary objective of this report is to summarize the unemployment benefits and relief received by Missouri citizens, government entities, and nonprofit organizations related to the COVID-19 emergency from declaration of the emergency through October 2021.
Louisiana Legislative Auditor

Improper Payments in the Unemployment Insurance Program: Overpayments and Rule Violations

This report provides the results of our evaluation of the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Unemployment Insurance program (State UI) and federally funded COVID-19 pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs (Federal UI). The purpose of this report was to identify potential overpayments or improper unemployment benefit payments LWC made to claimants. Overall, we found that LWC made approximately $2.9 million in payments that potentially violated unemployment benefit program rules outlined in federal and/or state law, including payments to claimants enrolled in multiple programs at...
Michigan Auditor General

Establishing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Eligibility Criteria: Unemployment Insurance Agency Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

The purpose of this performance audit report was to assess the effectiveness of the Unemployment Insurance Agency's actions to establish federally complaint claimant eligibility criteria for the PUA program. We ultimately concluded their actions were not effective as the agency established incorrect criteria for the PUA program and failed to take timely or appropriate corrective action when notified of deficiencies by the Department of Labor.
Texas, City of Austin Auditor

Economic Recovery Funds: City Effectively Manage COVID-19 Relief Money

The overall objective of this report was to see if the the City effectively managed the distribution of economic recovery funds. The City created several programs using federal and local funding to provide economic relief to residents and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs included providing financial assistance to Austin renters, small businesses, artists, and others. We found the City effectively managed the distribution of these economic relief funds. The Economic Development Department appears to have provided funding timely to eligible residents and...
Oregon, Multnomah County Auditor

Pandemic Funds: Management has Policies and Procedures in Place to Manage Pandemic Funds

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges to Multnomah County. We conducted this audit to support transparent and accountable government operations during this unprecedented time. This report details what the county spent pandemic funding on, which provider organizations received pandemic funding from the county, and whether funds were distributed in alignment with the county’s stated commitment to leading with race. In this audit, we found that county management sought to balance the need to get resources out to the community quickly with also maintaining effective policies...
Ohio Auditor of State

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services: Auditors Report on Unemployment Insurance Fraud

The COVID-19 Pandemic presented the Department with many challenges and obstacles including a sharp increase in the volume of unemployment claims as well as the expansion of regular unemployment benefits by the federal government. The Department did not have the man-power or technology resources to adequately deal with this drastic increase in claim activity and the addition of new federal unemployment funding. The Department’s legacy unemployment System, Ohio Job Insurance (OJI), has been in place since 2004. Due to its age and functionality, it was unable to handle the increased volume of...