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Workforce Services Helps to Bring Down Multi-State Fraudster


Enhanced detection and data analytics for food stamp fraud saving taxpayers’ money

The arrest of a Little Rock, Arkansas, woman charged with 17 counts of fraud is the culmination of a multi-state and federal investigation initiated by Utah’s Department of Workforce Services Eligibility Services Division.

In early March 2016, the Eligibility Services Division investigations unit and data analytics specialist uncovered an extensive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) fraud case centered in Arkansas. The team acted quickly to notify Salt Lake City’s special agent with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General (USDA/OIG), and identified possible suspects and began gathering evidence. More...

Workforce Wednesday: Supporting local communities

Most people associate the Department of Workforce Services primarily with workforce development and job service programs. What many don’t realize is that we do far more than supporting job seekers and employers. One of the programs administered by the department is the Permanent Community Impact Fund. The Community Impact Board (CIB) oversees this fund and provides loans and grants to counties, cities and towns that are impacted by mineral resource development on federal lands. More...

Transition Plan for USOR to Workforce Services

In the 2016 Legislative Session, House Bill 325 was passed that required the transition of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation to the Department of Workforce Services. On June 1, 2016, the final transition plan was submitted to the Legislature and posted online for public viewing at jobs.utah.gov/usortransition.

Jon Pierpont, executive director of Department of Workforce Services, also submitted a letter to Legislators describing the department’s priority of a successful transition and the steps taken to create the plan and execute it by October 1, 2016.

Read Jon’s letter: More...