Performing Data Cross-Checks
By cross-checking claims against data that states already have available, such as new hire records and incarceration records, fraud and overpayments can be reduced or eliminated sooner, further preventing abuse in the unemployment system.
Increasing Administrative Accuracy
In addition to weekly, comprehensive data cross-checks, other tools can be implemented to strengthen administrative accuracy when determining eligibility for benefits. For example, regular oversight by the legislature and annual program integrity reports are essential to continually improving the program.
Reducing Unemployment Fraud
Fraud occurs when adequate safeguards are not in place. Unprecedented fraud occurred nationwide during the pandemic, exposing preexisting deficiencies that became more pronounced due to the flood of federal dollars rushing into states. FGA’s reforms will help states detect fraud on the front end and empower swift prosecution of fraudulent claims to recoup the funds businesses pay into the program through payroll taxes.
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