California 'strike team' found unemployment agency was 'reactive,' recommends two-week reset

by • 4 days ago

An investigation led by Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka and state Operations Secretary Yolanda Richardson concluded Monday with recommendations to prevent the state's unemployment backlog from growing larger.

Nevada hires school district IT security officer as statewide CIO

by • 1 month ago

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has named Alan Cunningham, the information security officer of Washoe County School District, as the state's new chief information officer.

California Gov. Newsom unveils unemployment-tech 'strike team'

by • 2 months ago

The new team includes Code For America Founder Jennifer Pahlka, who will help streamline an outdated process that has resulted in what Gov. Gavin Newsom called an "unacceptable" claims backlog.

'Programming error' led Wisconsin to overpay $21.2 million in unemployment benefits

by • 2 months ago

The state has reclaimed most of the accidental payments and is now seeking to distribute funds to residents who've been underpaid by the faulty system.

Nearly 75% of states launched chatbots to aid pandemic response

by • 3 months ago

Surging demand at health and labor departments spurred adoption of chatbots in state government, according to a new NASCIO report.

As unemployment fraud spreads, Washington state recovers $300M

by • 4 months ago

Adjustments to screening techniques are driving down phony claims, Washington officials say. But in other states, illegitimate claims clog systems already overburdened.

Florida's unemployment agency leaked Social Security data last month

by • 4 months ago

Florida, which decommissioned its centralized IT agency last year, has compromised the personal information of 98 unemployment insurance applicants.

Washington state says unemployment system lost 'millions of dollars' to fraud

by • 4 months ago

The head of the Washington Employment Security Department said the scheme, which appears to have originated in Nigeria, could delay payments to legitimate filers.

States' rushed IT upgrades spark data leaks, transparency concerns

by • 4 months ago

The pandemic is forcing states to accelerate upgrades to critical IT systems, which in turn is compromising personal data and upending normal procurement steps.