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    Subject Term: "Unemployment insurance"

    2 publications with a total of 2 open recommendations
    Director: Heather Krause
    Phone: (202) 512-6806

    1 open recommendations
    Recommendation: To help ensure that ETA continues to have the capacity to achieve its mission and manage changes in demand for services resulting from changes in the broader economy, the Secretary of Labor should direct the Administrator of ETA to systematically gather and evaluate information on the challenges that states faced administering the unemployment insurance program during the recession that began in 2007--such as rapidly ramping up staffing at the start of the recession and ramping down as the economy recovered--and identify and build upon any lessons learned from this experience that could be broadly shared to help the program respond to any changes in workload during a future economic downturn.

    Agency: Department of Labor
    Status: Open

    Comments: In correspondence to GAO, ETA indicated that it continues to be committed to systematically collect and share lessons learned from the most recent recession. ETA intends to (1) survey all states to gather information on the challenges that states faced administering the unemployment insurance (UI) program during the recession that began in 2007, (2) conduct a focus group of select states to validate key lessons learned and best practices, and (3)then share these with all states through the UI Community of Practice. Balancing this work with other program priorities, ETA estimates that this will be completed by November 2018. We will continue to monitor ETA's progress toward competing this work.
    Director: Bagdoyan, Seto J
    Phone: (202) 512-4749

    1 open recommendations
    Recommendation: Congress should consider granting Labor the additional authority it is seeking to access wage data to help verify claimants' reported income and help ensure the proper payment of benefits.

    Agency: Congress
    Status: Open

    Comments: No legislation introduced as of February 2017. The Workers' Compensation Reform Act of 2015 (S. 2051, title V) was introduced in the 114th Congress. It would have allowed DOL to access wage data, as GAO suggested in April 2013, from the National Directory of New Hires to improve the integrity of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act program, among other actions. If introduced in the 115th Congress and enacted, this legislation could help to prevent and detect improper payments in the Federal Employees' Compensation Act program.