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Harkin Announces $3.1 Million Grant to Boost Program Integrity, Performance of Unemployment Insurance Program in Iowa



This news story was published on September 29, 2012.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) last week announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $3,106,967 to Iowa for Unemployment Insurance (UI) program integrity and performance. The grant will support the integrity of the UI program through the prevention, detection and recovery of improper UI benefit payments. DOL awarded funding to support a number of initiatives that will strengthen the UI system in 30 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Harkin helped secure funding for the UI program integrity activities as chairman of the Senate Appropriations panel that funds DOL. He is also chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

“For those who are unemployed, this assistance is a lifeline. It allows families to pay bills and put food on the table until they find new employment,” said Harkin. “Maintaining an efficient unemployment insurance system is crucial to ensure the integrity of the program and that it is there for those who have earned this assistance.”

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19 Responses to Harkin Announces $3.1 Million Grant to Boost Program Integrity, Performance of Unemployment Insurance Program in Iowa

  1. bodacious Reply Report comment

    October 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

    So, is what most of you posters are saying is that finding fraud in the unemployment benefits program a bad thing? Then, you all must be some of those people that are illegally getting benefits from our government. “It’s all ok until they start going after me” seems to be your motto.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

    The way these guys throw all this money around and spend, spend, spend is so irresponsible. It makes our nation more insecure and people need to get to the voting booth to vote for people that want it stopped.

  3. Cheter Pildren Reply Report comment

    September 30, 2012 at 12:03 am

    This is the only time you see Harkin’s face. When it’s election time for democrats, Tommy boy is handing out money like candy at Halloween!!

  4. JB Johnson Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    who is this Harkin Guy?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

      I think I saw him on TV standing behind the President signing the healthcare bill. I’ve never seen him in Iowa and I don’t get to the Bahamas much.

    • Bobby G Reply Report comment

      October 1, 2012 at 12:20 am

      He is the guy that got caught sun bathing with Nancy Pelosi in the Bahamas. They were enjoying a Obama beer.

  5. Katie Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This is one program I’d volunteer to work for part-time from home. This and detecting welfare fraud. I bet there are a lot of retired clerical people who would volunteer to work part time in fraud services for the government!

    • as seen from here Reply Report comment

      September 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Are you a minority? Ya gotta be to work for the government.

      • Bobby G Reply Report comment

        September 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        If she is white she is a minority now. Were out numbered. Let’s all go sign up for welfare and food stamps. Oh I forgot a free cell phone.

  6. TheRealFred Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Tommy Bahama fritters away more of our tax money. Then laughs about it from his million dollar home in the bahamas.
    But he’s a democrat, so you’ll vote for him.

  7. Faye Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I am almost 80 and I have been preaching for years that they should live and play by the same rules, but this ain’t gonna happen untill all of the people get out and vote….JR

  8. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

    He will borrow the money from China or have Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman start printing more money to pay for this.

    While the US burns he will watch from the Bahamas!

  9. Bobby G Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I got a idea Tommy. Why don’t you sell you farm to pay for this. That way you could spend 12 months in the Bahamas. And not have to come back and spend more of the taxpayers money.

  10. AnEyeForAnEye Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Does anyone else find it interesting that this announcement comes now as the November election is rapidly approaching? My observation is made not as a Democrat or Republican, but merely as an armchair observer.

  11. TAXPAYER Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2012 at 7:07 am

    TERM LIMITS 4 CONGRESS & SENATE !!!!

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      September 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

      I agree with this statement. just think what we could save if we put them on Social Security and made them take the same Health Insurance as the rest of us. I would bet there would be a lot less of them running.

      • AnEyeForAnEye Reply Report comment

        September 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

        I, too, agree. And think of the money we could save if we limited the length of time anyone could spend running for office. We could learn from the Brits who have a very short campaign season. With the availability of various media there is no reason for candidates to spend time and money on trips to various parts of the country over and over again. This would end if we did not give them so much time to campaign.

    • Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

      September 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      We already have the term limits you mentioned. They are called elections.

      • Ryan V. Reply Report comment

        September 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        Why can the president only serve two terms and everyone else can serve as many terms as they can. I bet you are trying to change this unfair law.