The audit to shed light on a host of issues with the Employment Development Department response to COVID-19 is moving ahead, with the State Auditor’s office set to begin no later than the end of the month.
(TNS) — On Tuesday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas, chair of the Joint Legislative Committee, forwarded the State Auditor his request for an emergency audit of the Employment Development Department, the state agency responsible for providing unemployment insurance benefits to Californians.
According to a media release from his office, Salas was joined by a bipartisan group of 39 legislators in calling for an audit of the EDD to shed light on a host of issues with the department’s COVID-19 response. The State Auditor’s office will begin work on the audit no later than the end of September.
“Californians are suffering and need immediate relief from the EDD,” Salas said. “We need to address why families are unable to talk to someone when they call EDD, the status of clearing the substantial case backlogs, and what is being done to protect Californians from the rising fraud and scam cases that continue to target our most vulnerable communities. I am pleased this emergency audit request is finally moving forward so that we can have our independent State Auditor identify issues and solutions in order for my colleagues and I to chart a path forward and out of this crisis.”
Salas’ emergency audit seeks to do the following:
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