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US Department of Labor announces establishment of office to modernize, reform states’ unemployment insurance systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Labor | August 31, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the establishment of the Office of Unemployment Insurance Modernization to provide strategic leadership as the department works with state agencies and federal partners to modernize and reform the unemployment insurance system. 

The new unit will develop and support implementation of the strategic vision outlined in the UI modernization plans announced Aug. 11, including unemployment insurance reform, and provide oversight and management of $2 billion in funds in the American Rescue Plan Act to prevent and detect fraud, promote equitable access, ensure timely benefits payments and reduce backlogs. Operating within the Office of the Secretary, the Office of Unemployment Insurance Modernization will work closely and in conjunction with the Employment and Training Administration, the Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh announced the appointment of Yvette Meftah as director to lead the new unit’s UI modernization efforts. Senior Advisor on Unemployment Insurance Michele Evermore will serve as the OUIM’s deputy director for Policy, continuing to work closely with ETA to help lead the department’s unemployment insurance policy. Once appointed, deputy directors for Operations and Management and Technology will complete the office’s leadership structure.  Learn more about the UI Modernization Plan. 

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