DC workers collect unemployment payments while on city payroll, IG finds

Getting a job with the District of Columbia does not mean you have to give up your unemployment checks, a new investigation found.

The DC Department of Employment Services, or DC DOES, cannot show it has done much to ensure city employees stop collecting unemployment insurance payments once they get hired, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Department of Labor’s inspector general.

DC DOES is responsible for preventing unemployment fraud in the city. Since 2011, there have been repeated allegations of fraudulent activities at DC DOES, including creating false claims and providing unemployment benefits for relatives.

Many of those allegations have been confirmed by inspectors general for the city and the Labor Department, both of which have issued a series of recommendations to prevent improper payments.

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