Recovery audit uncovers unemployment benefits overpayment

The recent release of recovery audit results revealed that the state of Colorado has made more than $382 million in overpayments to unemployment claimants since 2006, the Pueblo Chieftain reports.

The audit was ordered after the U.S. Department of Labor identified Colorado as having one of the seven highest rates of overpayment in the nation. The Office of the State Auditor, which conducted the investigation, found that Colorado's benefit payments controls failed to meet accuracy benchmarks set by the department and "did not meet any of the review-quality standards over the last five years," according to legislative auditor Trey Standley.

"We found that claimants filing online do not have to indicate whether they made the required number of job contacts," Standley said, as quoted by the news source. "In addition … claimants are not asked to provide any details such as name, telephone number or address for the employers that they have contacted."

The Associated Press reports that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has recovered 43 percent of the $305 million in overpayments made over the past three years.  

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