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ETA News Release: [09/14/2011]
Contact Name: David Roberts or Joshua Lamont
Phone Number: (202) 693-5945 or x4661
Release Number: 11-1361-NAT

US Department of Labor awards more than $191 million for unemployment insurance program integrity and technology infrastructure systems

40 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico receive funding; Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming & Arizona receive grant for technology infrastructure systems

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced awards totaling $191.5 million to 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for unemployment insurance program integrity and technology infrastructure systems. The grants are intended to accelerate actions to reduce UI improper payment rates; provide an opportunity for modernizing UI tax and benefits systems; and enable the design of technology-based tools to prevent, detect and recover improper UI payments. Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming and Arizona will receive a combined $72 million award for technology infrastructure systems.

"I was pleased to join Vice President Biden today in announcing efforts to reduce government waste, fraud and abuse," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "We owe it to the American people, especially those who rely on unemployment insurance as a safety net, to be responsible stewards. This funding will help ensure state UI programs have integrity and run efficiently."

In order to qualify for program integrity funding, states must have implemented or committed to implement all of the core integrity activities. Awards support activities to address worker misclassification; implement technology-based prevention, detection and collection activities; implement the State Information Data Exchange System for earnings/wage verification, as well as monetary and potential employer charges; implement subscription fees for SIDES; contract staff support for benefit payment control activities; implement the federal Treasury Offset Program; and implement automation efforts that result in overall performance and system improvements.

In order to qualify for technology infrastructure consortium project funding, all members of state consortia had to commit to implementing the full range of core integrity activities. These funds will be used to modify and/or develop one of the core UI benefits or tax and benefit system designs; design additional core UI tax and/or benefit systems using open source components that are exportable to other states; and implement technology-based tools designed to prevent, detect or collect/recover improper UI payments.

Editor's note: A complete list of funds awarded follows this release.


Fiscal Year 2011 Awards Unemployment Insurance

Summary

Funding Category

Amount

Program integrity

$63,474,747

Technology infrastructure consortium projects

$128,000,000

Total = $191,474,747


Program integrity awards

State

Amount

Alabama

$1,177,782

Arizona

$976,396

Colorado

$233,458

Delaware

$698,769

District of Columbia

$2,233,854

Florida

$2,310,791

Georgia

$1,439,976

Idaho

$2,279,112

Illinois

$2,699,667

Iowa

$1,444,570

Kansas

$1,077,706

Kentucky

$1,649,886

Louisiana

$2,397,750

Maine

$1,941,000

Maryland

$1,585,801

Massachusetts

$2,353,081

Michigan

$618,400

Mississippi

$1,999,000

Missouri

$1,403,000

Nevada

$2,150,000

New Hampshire

$198,040

New Jersey

$1,650,000

New Mexico

$2,499,029

New York

$2,100,000

North Dakota

$198,324

Ohio

$2,102,382

Oklahoma

$1,723,967

Oregon

$1,274,464

Pennsylvania

$1,254,977

Puerto Rico

$1,959,416

Rhode Island

$1,155,696

South Carolina

$1,993,051

South Dakota

$1,507,116

Tennessee

$1,551,365

Texas

$1,172,918

Utah

$1,048,030

Vermont

$2,246,844

Virginia

$2,400,000

West Virginia

$1,318,593

Wisconsin

$1,450,536

Total = $63,474,747


Technology infrastructure consortium project awards

Consortium

Amount

Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming (lead)

$72,000,000

Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (lead)

$50,000,000

Maryland, West Virginia and Vermont (lead)

$6,000,000

Total = $128,000,000