August 11,2021

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Wyden Statement on DOL Actions to Modernize UI Technology

Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the Labor Department’s actions to modernize unemployment insurance technology:

“I’m glad to see the Labor Department using the funding Democrats secured for unemployment insurance administration to modernize technology, fight fraud and better serve jobless workers. The Department’s plan for these funds includes important components of my Unemployment Insurance Technology Modernization Act that will start to bring unemployment insurance technology into the 21st century and move toward unifying the 53 separate state systems. This funding will help prevent inexcusable wait times for benefits that millions of workers experienced during the pandemic, while also strengthening the system against attacks from organized criminal networks seeking to defraud the program and steal from taxpayers.”