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Internal billing will hold EDD responsible for backlogs by deducting funding

Internal billing will hold EDD responsible for backlogs by deducting funding

Modesto Congressman Josh Harder’s bill would solicit funding until the backlog is resolved. In essence, unemployment departments will not be paid until the unemployed are paid.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Californians faced unprecedented levels of unemployment. When Governor Gavin Newsom announced the statewide closure in March 2020, businesses closed and workers faced layoffs or layoffs. no idea what defects have existed in the California Department of Employment Development, or EDD, for many years. KCRA’s document, “Earning Money: Fraud, Luck, and Failure,” pointed out that state audits from 2008 revealed problems inside the EDD including problems with the central bank. phone centers, claims handling, fraud screening, and more. At the start of layoffs and shutdowns in 2020, EDD stopped answering phones after noon each day. The department has only one person to handle fraud and identity theft complaints from Californians – and that person left in July 2020 and has not been replaced. 1 p.m. Tuesday to talk about the Easy Money documentary and how California can move forward after rampant unemployment fraud. EDD is so understaffed and unprepared that by the fall of 2020, there are over a million claims backlog, unpaid, pending, or simply in limbo. The backlog has caused two state audits, a strike group of directors – which has made more than 100 recommendations – and, as the EDD said, a tsunami of new claims. responsible. He wants to change that with a new bill he has introduced in Congress. “They’ve never had any accountability, they haven’t even had any goals,” Harder said. “So all in my bill is it says anytime there’s tens of thousands of families backlogged, the EDD has to fix it, or they risk losing their management finances. Hopefully it’ll be a push in the pants that will really push them to fix and solve this problem once and for all.” EDD and unemployment departments across the county are funded by the federal government with money. tax. That includes salaries and operating budgets, which will then be overseen by the states. Harder’s bill will put that money on hold until the backlog is gone. In essence, unemployment departments will not be paid until the unemployed are paid. Over the past two years, the EDD has spent billions of dollars in taxes on Russian gangsters and Nigerian crime rings while Central Valley families call hundreds of times a day and not once. someone actually made the phone call,” Harder said. requires any agency with a backlog of more than 45,000 cases to have six months to reduce their backlog to zero or lose their funding. It would have to pass the House and Senate. Easy Money: Scams, Fortunes and Failures. A KCRA 3 Documentary Investigating Easy Money: Here’s the Unprecedented Fraud Schedule at EDDEasy Money: Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself From Fraud.EDD Admits Paying $20 Billion la cheating. Here’s what you can buy with that money

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Californians faced unprecedented levels of unemployment. When Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide shutdown in March 2020, businesses closed and workers faced layoffs or layoffs.

Those same workers had hoped they could rely on the unemployment check to at least fill some of the gaps.

However, most people are unaware of the deficiencies that have existed in the California Department of Employment Development, or EDD, for many years.

KCRA Documentary,”Easy Money: Fraud, Luck and Failure“showed that state audits dating back to 2008 revealed problems inside the EDD, including problems with the call center, claims handling, fraud screening, and more. at the start of layoffs and shutdowns in 2020, EDD stopped answering calls after noon each day. The department had a person to handle fraud and identity theft complaints from Californians – and the person left the job in July 2020 and has not been replaced.

The EDD is so understaffed and unprepared that by the fall of 2020 there was a backlog of more than a million claims, either unpaid, unprocessed, or simply in limbo. The backlog has caused two state audits, a strike group by the authority – which has made more than 100 recommendations – and, as the EDD said, a tsunami of new claims.

Through it all, however, according to Representative Josh Harder, D-Modesto, no one is held accountable. He wants to change that with a new bill he has introduced in Congress.

Dubbed the “Backlog Unemployment Remedy Act,” Harder’s bill goes to the heart of the work of unemployment departments across the country: their funding.

“They’ve never had any accountability, they haven’t even had any goals,” Harder said. “So all in my bill is it says anytime there’s tens of thousands of families backlogged, the EDD has to fix it, or they risk losing their management finances. Hopefully that will be the push in the pants that really motivates them to fix this problem and get it resolved once and for all.”

The EDD and unemployment departments throughout the county are funded by the federal government with tax dollars. That includes salaries and operating budgets, which will then be overseen by the states. Harder’s bill will suspend that payment until the backlog is cleared. In essence, unemployment departments will not be paid until the unemployed are paid.

“Clearly Sacramento cannot be trusted with our unemployment system. Over the past two years, the EDD has spent billions of dollars in taxes on Russian gangsters and Nigerian criminals, while Central Valley families call hundreds of times a day and never have a real person. make a phone call,” Harder said.

The bill would give any agency with more than 45,000 cases backlog six months to reduce the backlog to zero or lose their funding.

Harder just announced the bill. It will have to pass the House and Senate.

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