Alert Memorandum: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Needs Proactive Measures to Detect and Prevent Improper Payments and Fraud [open pdf - 194KB]
This is a memorandum from the Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to DHS Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration John P. Pallasch dated May 26, 2020. From the Document: "The purpose of this memorandum is to alert you to a concern we identified during our ongoing audit of the Department of Labor's (DOL) response to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program's expansion under the CARES Act. The CARES Act's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program expanded UI eligibility to individuals who are not typically qualified to receive such benefits. To establish eligibility, the CARES Act requires individuals to selfcertify that they have lost employment income due to a COVID-19 related reason specified within the statute. This self-certification renders the individual eligible to receive payments immediately."
Report No. 19-20-002-03-315
United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/