Computer Matches Identify Potential Unemployment Benefit Overpayments

GGD-83-99: Published: Aug 24, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1983.

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GAO was asked to determine whether retired Federal civilian and military personnel pensions are being deducted from State unemployment benefits as required by Federal and State law.

Through computer matches, GAO identified 604 persons in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland who may have improperly received unemployment payments. Maryland officials advised GAO that none of the persons matched and referred to them improperly received unemployment payments. However, District and Virginia officials have tentatively confirmed that 271 of the 492 persons GAO referred to them improperly received unemployment payments. GAO has been advised that the Department of Labor plans to notify States that appropriate computer data will be available to them to perform computer matches. GAO believes that computer matches are useful and cost-effective ways to identify overpayments.

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