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ETA News Release: [08/05/2010]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia or Michael Trupo
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or x3414
Release Number: 10-1099-NAT

US Labor Department awards $9.6 million to improve unemployment insurance information technology contingency plans and IT security

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced awards totaling $9,556,068 that will go to 29 states and the Virgin Islands to improve unemployment insurance information technology contingency plans and unemployment insurance IT security. This year is the sixth that the department has awarded these grants.

The purpose of the grants is to encourage states to use the National Institute of Standards and Technology's guidelines to enhance, augment and secure the UI systems, and ultimately achieve security certification and accreditation of UI systems. These grants also will improve IT contingency planning weaknesses identified in the states' UI-IT contingency plan audits, which are conducted by the Labor Department's Office of Inspector General.

"Data security improvements implemented with the help of these funds will strengthen the integrity of our state unemployment insurance systems," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates. "Tax-paying workers and employers expect states to continuously improve the performance of their UI systems, and these funds will help ensure that those improvements take place."

Editor's Note: The list that follows this news release provides the names of the states receiving grant awards and the amount of each grant.


Grant Awards by State

STATE

AMOUNT

Alabama

$231,200

Alaska

$350,000

Arkansas

$50,000

Colorado

$200,000

Florida

$1,295,866

Georgia

$240,000

Hawaii

$100,000

Illinois

$150,000

Indiana

$94,650

Kansas

$143,484

Kentucky

$200,000

Maine

$100,000

Maryland

$385,473

Massachusetts

$893,957

Mississippi

$100,000

Nebraska

$432,142

New Hampshire

$430,890

New Jersey

$100,000

New York

$920,271

North Dakota

$82,200

Oregon

$200,000

Rhode Island

$52,500

South Carolina

$948,970

Texas

$99,675

Utah

$150,000

Virginia

$488,400

Virgin Islands

$200,000

Washington

$802,785

West Virginia

$20,897

Wisconsin

$92,708

TOTAL

$9,556,068