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U.S. Sends ‘Tiger Teams,’ Funds to Fix Jobless-Benefit Systems

Aug. 11, 2021, 4:40 PM

The U.S. will send in “tiger teams” of specialists and provide extra cash to strengthen state jobless-benefits systems, part of a $2 billion overhaul after a surge in unemployment overwhelmed governments and led to millions of fraudulent claims.

The Department of Labor is sending $260 million in grants to help states improve outreach and service and $140 million for fraud prevention, deploying funds provided by the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act from March, according to a statement Wednesday. In addition, the federal government is deploying so-called “tiger teams,” or groups of experts across fields including fraud and engineering.

The ...