The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Integrity Center (Center) has been formed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI), the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) to provide innovative tools, training, and support to state workforce agencies (SWAs) in their efforts to reduce improper payments and combat fraud. The Center’s mission is to be a go-to resource for successful UI program integrity and improper payment reduction strategies and tools, focusing particularly on the prevention, detection, and recovery of improper payments. One of the Center’s key initiatives is the development and state adoption of the UI Integrity Data Hub (IDH).
The Center is seeking to define, develop, test, and implement a centralized bank account owner validation and verification service through the IDH for SWAs to use in their efforts to prevent UI fraud and improper payments. The Account Validation Service (AVS) will serve as an additional resource and provide new indicators via the IDH output for states to review, investigate, and verify UI claimant data.