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DeFazio Blasts Oregon Employment Department After Reports that Agency May Recoup Unemployment Benefits from 40,000 Oregonians

Oct 29, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio today released the following statement after reports that the Oregon Employment Department (OED) may recoup weekly unemployment benefits from up to 40,000 Oregonians because of errors caused by OED’s outdated computer system:

“Tens of thousands of Oregonians who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and economic downturn should no longer be at the mercy of outdated computer systems and inept bureaucracy. The state must contact each and every person who has received benefits and verify their eligibility.

“OED ranks near the bottom of all states at delivering benefits in a timely manner, has failed to pay benefits for the “waiting week” yet, and is now threatening to rip millions of dollars from desperate Oregonians. Lawmakers in Salem need to finally overhaul this dysfunctional state agency and ensure that Oregonians who are eligible for unemployment benefits get those benefits quickly and can keep them.”