U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

UIS

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEUMC

ISSUE DATE

December 4, 1995

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

 

 

DIRECTIVE

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UIS INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 02-96

 

TO

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ALL REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS

 

FROM

:

MARY ANN WYRSCH
Director
Unemployment Insurance Service

 

SUBJECT

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Benefit Payment Control (BPC) -- New Projects Undertaken in Fiscal Year (FY) 1996

 

The Unemployment Insurance Service (UIS) National Office has entered into cooperative agreements with State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs) to perform projects in three areas of BPC. All are scheduled to begin in FY 1996.

  1. Overpayment Detection and Investigation. The Utah Department of Employment Security will begin a project designed to assist SESAs improve methods for the detection and investigation of benefit overpayments. The project requires the analysis of investigative methods currently employed by SESAs for the purpose of identifying exemplary programs that can be recommended to other SESAs. Training needs for detection and investigation of overpayments will be identified, and a comprehensive training package will be developed and offered to all SESAs. Additionally, resource materials will be provided to the National Office for distribution to all SESAs.

  2. Overpayment Recovery. The California Employment Development Department has been awarded a project to provide technical assistance to SESAs to enhance their capabilities in the recovery of benefit overpayments. Automated collection software packages and systems will be evaluated, and recommendations will be made for consideration by other SESAs. Training on recovery methods will be developed and made available to all SESAs. Also, ET Handbook No. 375, Resource Handbook Overpayment Recovery, will be updated and distributed to all SESAs.

  3. Field Test of Revised Performance Measures. The existing performance measures for BPC consist of collection rates for fraud overpayments and nonfraud overpayments. Additional indicators have been proposed to supplement the existing ones. These measures will be field tested by three SESAs -- West Virginia, Utah, and California. These SESAs will determine the feasibility of collecting the data and will evaluate the usefulness of the data.

    The additional proposed measures include:

    For the first two projects -- (1) Overpayment Detection and Investigation and (2) Overpayment Recovery -- the host SESAs will convene "advisory workgroups" of technical partners to advise and assist them by participating in refining the projects' objectives, developing the workplans, contributing staff time to the tasks, and reviewing the products. (See Attachment: Concept for Advisory Workgroup.) These advisory workgroups will consist of staff from other SESAs and Federal staff who are knowledgeable in the program areas. This concept has been employed to encourage input from a broad spectrum of UI stakeholders in order to maximize the value and utility of the finished products.

    For further information, please call Bob Whiting on (202) 219-5340.

     

     


     

     

    ATTACHMENT

    BENEFIT PAYMENT CONTROL PROJECTS
    CONCEPT FOR ADVISORY WORKGROUP

    Level One

    Member agrees to review plans and deliverables produced by the Project SESA and to provide comments. (Long distance participation feasible, i.e. no travel.)

    Level Two

    Member agrees to attend meetings of Advisory Workgroup to propose tasks to be undertaken in Project and provide oversight. (Cost of travel borne by member State.)

    Level Three

    Member agrees to provide active, technical input in carrying out tasks undertaken, e.g., work with Project SESA staff to write resource materials, deliver training, etc. (Cost of travel borne by member State.)