Laid Off Federal Workers Double Dipping On Unemployment

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You don’t hear too much about unemployed federal workers considering that the unemployment rate for government workers is 3.3%. But there are some, and many of them are still doing quite well since they’re double dipping and illegally collecting both state and federal benefits. Some are making even more than they did while they were working. How very nice for them.

The Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, on Monday criticized the Labor Department for its oversight and management of the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), an unemployment insurance program for out-of-work government employees that last year paid out a whopping $2.1 billion in claims.

Investigators “found examples of improper payments and indicators of potential fraud in the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program, which could be attributed, in part, to oversight and data-access issues,” GAO said in a report Monday that generated bipartisan concern in Congress.

In just a small sampling of former federal workers, GAO found 19 cases where former workers were collecting both state unemployment insurance (UI) and FECA benefits, a double-dip that cost taxpayers at least $1.3 million. And four of those former federal workers “received more income from combined UI and FECA benefits than they would have received from their federal salary alone,” GAO said. (Read More)

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