Labor Department Announces Modernization Effort for UI Programs

The agency is following up on recommendations from GAO.

The Department of Labor announced the OpenUI Initiative to help state agencies improve the reliability of unemployment insurance (UI) systems. The promotion of modular unemployment technology is intended to address issues with IT systems that became evident during the pandemic.

The department stated that “states can choose to use or adapt software developed by others or make software they’ve created on their own available for others to use via the platform.” A technical advisory group will be forming an “Open UI framework,“ after which the UI Information Technology Support Center will help states and vendors obtain software.

“This collaborative and open approach to modernization will not only help strengthen the UI system but also provide lessons for other federal-state programs like Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF),“ the Labor Department stated.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Comptroller General Gene Dodaro as he heads the GAO.
  • For Acting Secretary Julie Su as she oversees the Labor Department.
  • For the members of the technical advisory group as they form the UI framework.

Sources: FedScoop, Department of Labor, Government Accountability Office

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