State unemployment systems to get $240M from Labor Dept.
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the pandemic "exposed significant vulnerabilities" in states' unemployment systems that led to tens of billions of dollars in phony claims.
Nigerian man indicted in pandemic unemployment fraud scheme
Federal prosecutors said the man used variations on a single Gmail address to bypass states' fraud-detection systems en route to collecting nearly $290,000 in phony claims.
Kansas to modernize 40-year-old unemployment system
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill this week ordering the state's labor agency to modernize its legacy unemployment system.
Criminal underground thrived on states' pandemic unemployment programs
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, created to support gig workers, has become one of the leading targets of fraud, a Recorded Future report found.
This week brought new police oversight, COVID-19 tools and a first in ransomware
New requirements for surveillance tools and body-camera footage in NYC, new digital tools for COVID-19 response in Virginia and a marriage of ransomware and unemployment fraud represent some of the highlights from this week's top government IT news.
Unemployment fraud in Washington linked to health care ransomware
A report from security firm Kroll says hackers used illicit access to a health care organization to file phony claims before detonating a ransomware attack.
As unemployment fraud spreads, Washington state recovers $300M
Adjustments to screening techniques are driving down phony claims, Washington officials say. But in other states, illegitimate claims clog systems already overburdened.