COVID-19: States Cite Vulnerabilities in Detecting Fraud While Complying with the CARES Act UI Program Self-Certification Requirement [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Document: "This report presents the results of our audit of the self-certification process for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act's (CARES Act) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The audit focused on the processes that state workforce agencies use to determine claimant eligibility and their actions to deter and detect fraud relating to self-certifications. The CARES Act's PUA program expands Unemployment Insurance (UI) eligibility to individuals who are not typically eligible to obtain benefits and creates several programs that temporarily expand unemployment benefits for workers affected by the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. The CARES Act provides for up to 39 weeks of PUA benefits and requires individuals to self-certify that they lost employment income due to a COVID-19 related reason."
Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. 19-21-001-03-315