Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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Wisconsin UI Program Awarded over $1.8 Million in Federal Grant Funding
Funding from successful grant application will enhance program integrity, improve customer service
MADISON – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the award of over $1.8 million in grant funding for Wisconsin to enhance its Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. The funding will support initiatives to increase UI program integrity and curtail fraud and abuse in the state's UI system.
"While state UI programs are administered by states and funded through federal grant funding, this grant award includes additional funds above and beyond these annual allocations," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "We are pleased that the federal government recognized and is supporting Wisconsin's efforts to build upon its already strong UI program."
Highlights of the projects that received funding include:
- Implementation of a weekly cross-match with the firm Appriss Inc. Appriss receives inmate data from nearly all county jails and state prisons on a near real-time basis, and the weekly match identifies incarcerated claimants who may be trying to collect UI, allowing DWD to identify inmates much earlier than was available under previous cross-match technology.
- Implementation of a cross-match system with federal government data to carry out the statutory prohibition in Wisconsin against the simultaneous collection of UI benefit payments and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments.
- Further automation of the UI claim appeals process to generate an appeal confirmation and allow for faster scheduling of hearings, bringing additional efficiency to the overall process.
- Funding for UI fraud investigators who detect and investigate complex cases.
- Promotion of the secure State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) system that allows Wisconsin employers to communicate electronically with DWD in a nationally standardized electronic format. This reduces follow-up phone calls and paperwork, prevents improper benefit payments and streamlines DWD's response process, saving Wisconsin businesses time and money through improved efficiency.