Auditor: EDD Inaction Cost California $516 Million



Share | |
(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 13, 2014

The California Employment Development Department is already facing criticism for unanswered phone calls, and delayed unemployment checks. And today a new report from the state auditor finds EDD failed to participate in a federal program that could have brought in hundreds of millions of dollars to California.

Margarita Fernández is with the auditor’s office. She says the program allows states to intercept the tax returns of people who were overpaid unemployment benefits. Thirty-one states are participating in the program, which has been available since 2011.

“In delaying to participate in the program they lost their opportunity to collect an estimated $516 million,” she says. “Even this year, they’re planning to begin participation in September 2014.”

Fernández says by waiting until September, EDD will miss 90 percent of this year’s tax returns.

In a statement EDD says it has a variety of ways to recoup overpaid unemployment benefits. It says the federal program will just add to its abilities. Additionally, EDD says it has new leadership that is committed to taking part in the federal program.

EDD Audit

Related Stories

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Group Prepares Latinos To Be Leaders

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Latinos make up the largest segment of California’s population. Yet they have one of the smallest voter representations. One organization is trying to change that equation.

  • Alex Proimos / Flickr

    California Ends Fiscal Year With Revenue Surge

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    California ended its fiscal year with a surge in revenues. The Department of Finance reports California exceeded revenue projections for the fiscal year by $732 million.

  • Jeff Gunn / Flickr

    Sanctuary Cities Draw Scrutiny

    Monday, July 13, 2015

    The alleged murder of a San Francisco woman by an undocumented immigrant with a criminal history has revived a debate in the California Capitol over sanctuary cities.

We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter

We Get Support From:

Become a Supporter