Louisiana Legislative Auditor
This audit report provides the results of our evaluation of the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Unemployment Insurance program and federally-funded COVID-19 pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs. The purpose of this audit was to determine if the IRS Form 1099-Gs (1099s) filed by LWC with the IRS accurately reported the amount of unemployment benefits paid to claimants during calendar years 2020 and 2021. Overall, we found that LWC filed accurate 1099s for unemployment benefits paid to 698,372 (99.7%) of 700,204 claimants in calendar year 2020. However, we found that LWC did...
Louisiana Legislative Auditor
From May 21, 2021 to November 9, 2021, the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE) paid $486,050 on two emergency contracts without first obtaining the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (BESE’s) approval. The Louisiana Administrative Code requires that professional and consulting services contracts recommended by the Superintendent of Education at, or above, a certain amount (currently $50,000) be approved by BESE. By paying contractors for professional and consulting services prior to obtaining BESE’s approval, DOE may have violated a provision of the Louisiana...
Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
The Emergency Rental Assistance program helps individuals affected by the public health emergency to cover the cost of rent and utilities. Through June 2021, DOA received $434.7 million in federal funds through the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act for the program. From March 2021 through September 2021, the program provided $64.0 million in benefits for 15,968 households. We make recommendations for DOA to improve how it administers the Emergency Rental Assistance program, including by improving the program’s application process, modifying the process for...
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...
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury
We have audited the financial statements of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, the aggregate discretely presented component units, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the State of Tennessee as of and for the year ended June 30, 2021, and the related notes to the financial statements, which collectively comprise the State of Tennessee’s basic financial statements. The purpose of this report is solely to describe the scope of our testing of internal control and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the...
New Jersey State Comptroller
We conducted a limited review of the New Jersey COVID-19 CARES Act Marine Fisheries Assistance Grant Program administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). We evaluated whether DEP took appropriate steps to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and improper payments in its administration of the program; whether program recipients disclosed other sources of COVID-19 assistance received; whether program recipients had been made “more than whole” by their receipt of assistance from the Fishery Program; and whether program recipients had accurately documented their...
Michigan Auditor General
The objectives of this audit were to (1) assess the sufficiency of selected Unemployment Insurance Agency practices for worker onboarding and offboarding during the COVID-19 pandemic and (2) to provide information on the administrative funding available to the Unemployment Insurance Agency during the COVID-19 pandemic and other relevant data. We found that the practices were not sufficient.
Missouri State Auditor
The primary objective of this report is to show Missouri's spending of federal assistance from the American Rescue Plan Act in the month of January 2022 for the COVID-19 recovery and the cumulative financial activity since the state began receiving funding in May 2021.
Missouri State Auditor
The primary objective of this report is to show Missouri's spending of federal assistance from the American Rescue Plan Act in the month of December 2021 for the COVID-19 recovery and the cumulative financial activity since the state began receiving funding in May 2021.
Georgia State Auditor
Georgia Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Pandemic Response: Many Factors Contributed to Payment Delays
During the COVID-19 pandemic, claims for unemployment insurance benefits increased significantly, and many claimants experienced lengthy delays in receiving payments. The unprecedented volume of claims made delays inevitable, but the Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) claims management and customer service systems were also factors. GDOL should continue planned improvements to both.