Senate passes temporary fix to unemployment compensation call center funding issue

Senate passes temporary fix to unemployment compensation call center funding issue

A divided Senate Wednesday afternoon passed Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), which would provide $15 million from the unemployment compensation trust fund to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund to would allow up to 392 currently furloughed call center and other unemployment compensation-related workers to return to work.

 

As the bill moved through the chamber by a 39-8 vote, it was touted as a short-term fix that will hopefully set up a longer-term solution.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf administration sues IBM over failed unemployment compensation system upgrade

Wolf administration sues IBM over failed unemployment compensation system upgrade

As questions about unemployment compensation system funding continue to percolate at the state Capitol, the Wolf administration announced Thursday that it is suing IBM over failed UC information technology system upgrades.

Thursday, March 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors and poor decision-making within the Department of Labor and Industry have caused Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system to lose out on past federal funding, a recent internal investigation by the Wolf administration revealed.

 

Though Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced last month that his office would be conducting an audit of the UC system under the department and the associated Service Improvement Infrastructure Fund (SIIF) at the heart of a dispute between the Wolf administration and Senate Republicans, the Wolf administration had taken upon itself to conduct a parallel internal review, according to a letter sent by Budget Sec. Randy Albright to the Auditor General on Friday.

 

According to the letter, that internal review found two critical errors within the department that have caused the UC system to lose out on millions of dollars in federal funding.

Saturday, February 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate elects leadership for 2017-2018 legislative session, does not take substantive votes on legislation

Senate elects leadership for 2017-2018 legislative session, does not take substantive votes on legislation

In what is likely to be their final session day of the 2016-2017 legislative term, the Senate Republican and Democratic Caucuses selected their internal caucus leadership Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Break’s over! House begins fall session run with lots to do and little time to do it

Break’s over! House begins fall session run with lots to do and little time to do it

With the seasonal calendar officially changing to autumn later this week, the House of Representatives returned to voting session Monday to end the legislature’s summer recess and begin work on a number of top-priority items prior to the constitutional end of the 2015-2016 legislative session.

 

Starting Monday, the House had 14 scheduled session days while the Senate only scheduled ten.

Monday, September 19, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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