LANSING, Mich. — After reading a new audit of the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) by the Office of Auditor General citing four material conditions, including failure to run criminal background checks, failure to remove former workers’ access to the state network in a timely manner, and not sufficiently protecting confidential claimant and employer information, Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, issued the following statement:
“This alarming report is yet another example of the governor’s continued failed leadership to support Michigan workers who lost their jobs and protect the funds paid by job providers to issue critical unemployment benefits.
“When the governor’s shutdowns caused our state’s unemployment to spike to the worst level since the Great Depression, her unemployment agency failed to quickly process claims and provide people with the assistance they needed to support their families. Then, a private audit found the UIA paid up to $8.5 billion in fraudulent claims, and now we find out the state agency wasn’t taking the proper steps to ensure their workers weren’t criminals or secure people’s personal information.
“I call on the governor to work with the Legislature on proactive steps to address this situation and make sure it never happens again.”