House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today issued the following statement after the committee heard testimony from state Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Liza Estlund Olson:
“Based on today’s testimony, there’s obviously a clear and concerning pattern of failure in leadership at the agency. That pattern has led to distrust and frustration among many people we represent. UIA is a bureaucratic mess with no accountability to the people it’s tasked with helping.
“This has led to avoidable mistakes that have caused people unneeded stress and anxiety – like hundreds of thousands of people across the state receiving letters out of the blue saying they may owe unemployment benefit money back due to a state error.
“At various points in our hearing, Director Olson attempted to shift responsibility for these issues. She mentioned the federal government’s role in this as well as the Legislature’s need to provide funding for 500 more workers. When the federal government informed UIA of its monitoring report findings and what the agency needed to remedy, Director Olson said she didn’t need to attend because she has staffers who could do that. These actions do not meet the definition of a leader – and many people I talk to who have experienced problems with UIA agree.
“For functionality to improve, accountability must start at the top. Otherwise, I worry these past breakdowns in effectiveness run the risk of being repeated.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today testified on plans to make the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency more efficient and effective for the people it serves. The proposals provide solutions and accountability after numerous people across the state experienced frustration and anxiety as they have tried to get benefit claims fulfilled during COVID-19. An […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson looks ahead to a joint hearing Tuesday, November 30, with his committee and the Senate Oversight Committee to hear from the Michigan Auditor General’s office on their report on the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Rep. Johnson says the UIA made almost $4 billion in overpayments during the pandemic and […]
Members of the Michigan House and Senate oversight committees, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), on Tuesday will meet with newly appointed state Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Julia Dale and officials from the state Auditor General’s office to discuss a recent audit detailing mistakes made by the agency. The state Auditor General examined […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson says that Thursday’s Auditor General’s report on almost $4 billion in overpayments by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency during the pandemic reflect a failure by the Whitmer administration and ineptitude and ineffectiveness on the part of the UIA.