UC system’s future funding needs hinge on success of efficiency efforts, benefits modernization

UC system’s future funding needs hinge on success of efficiency efforts, benefits modernization

The House Labor and Industry Committee held a hearing Tuesday to further investigate funding needs related to Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system, still beleaguered after a major funding slash to its Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Unemployment compensation amnesty program enters third week

Unemployment compensation amnesty program enters third week

The Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) held a series of conference calls Wednesday to discuss the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Amnesty Program, now in its third week.

L&I Executive Deputy Secretary Robert O’Brien—who will be taking over for Sec. Kathy Manderino after she starts her new stint on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board August 1—fielded calls from reporters to discuss the program’s progress and offer insight into who is taking advantage of the opportunity.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Andreas Dienner
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Auditor General releases performance audit of UC system, calls findings “stunning”

Auditor General releases performance audit of UC system, calls findings “stunning”

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday released a long-awaited audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s unemployment compensation system call centers and funding that was supposed to be used for technology upgrades and system infrastructure improvements.

 

DePasquale’s office started the audit earlier this year after a number of legislators requested his office look into spending related to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund within the UC system following the refusal of Senate Republicans to vote on legislation extending SIIF funding due to concerns over mismanagement of money and the failure of the Wolf administration to lay out a plan to relieve the state of funding what used to be federal obligations.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf signs short-term UC funding fix

Gov. Wolf signs short-term UC funding fix

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday evening he has signed Senate Bill 250, now Act 1 of 2017, legislation that will provide $15 million of funding to the state’s Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund that is used to fund IT improvements and additional staff at the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation call centers.

Monday, April 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

What could have been last session’s last enacted bill is on its way to be this session’s first enacted piece of legislation.

 

With a 41-8 vote on Wednesday, the Senate sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a bill that would provide $15 million to fund operations at the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation call centers for up to nine months.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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