State employees told to be mum about unemployment overpayments
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:41 AM
About 85 people received up to a total of $27,000 in excess unemployment benefits one week last March, and agency employees were urged to stay quiet about the mistake, according to internal emails provided to a state legislative oversight committee, the Associated Press reported. Iowa Workforce Development issued benefits to everyone who got them the previous week after a system malfunction meant they couldn't process updated information from recipients. "Once again we're seeing secrecy coming from an administration that claims transparency," said Janet Petersen, chairwoman of the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee.