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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, November 17, 2016
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DWD Receives Federal Grant to Further Strengthen Unemployment Insurance Program Integrity

Unemployment Insurance program receives $500,000 from USDOL, the maximum allowed

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has awarded $500,000 in grant funds to DWD to fund program integrity related activities in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. This is the fourth year in a row that program integrity-related proposals submitted by Wisconsin's DWD have received the full amount of grant funding requested.

"Under Governor Walker's leadership, Wisconsin's UI program has been at the forefront of innovation," Secretary Allen said. "This most recent grant award from the USDOL demonstrates our commitment to providing modern, easy-to-access services to those we serve while ensuring operational excellence and protecting the long-term integrity of the UI program."

DWD received $500,000 to fund five separate projects, including:

Since Governor Walker took office, Wisconsin's UI program has undergone continuous change, transforming the program's customer service abilities and helping to ensure that benefits are paid timely and accurately to individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. Wisconsin's UI Trust Fund balance, which is used solely to pay benefits to eligible workers and is funded by Wisconsin employers covered by the UI program, went from a negative balance of $1.3 billion in December 2010 to a positive balance of $1.2 billion at the end of October 2016. Due to this success, Wisconsin employers are experiencing an approximate $135 million in savings over the 2016 and 2017 tax years.

More information on the UI system is available online.