Bloomberg Law
Feb. 3, 2021, 9:09 PM

Scrutiny of Biden Labor Hire Expands as GOP Lawmakers Take Aim

Chris Marr
Chris Marr
Staff Correspondent

Three Republican members of Congress are the latest critics to raise questions about the appointment of former Washington state unemployment chief Suzi LeVine to run the federal office in charge of unemployment oversight.

LeVine’s appointment to the U.S. Labor Department job under President Joe Biden came after a rocky year as commissioner of Washington state’s Employment Security Department that at times brought calls for her resignation or firing.

Under her leadership, the Washington department paid out $600 million in fraudulent unemployment claims to a Nigerian crime ring (later recovering about $350 million) and suffered months-long delays in paying many of ...

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