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Measuring What Matters: Context and Recommendations to Improve Reporting on Unemployment Insurance

American Enterprise Institute

April 29, 2024

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Key Points

  • This report explores the unemployment insurance system’s current data and performance management practices, including features designed to inform policymakers and the public about deficiencies in the administration of that system.
  • It argues that the program integrity reporting structure is overly focused on established overpayments and reactions without equivalent attention to fraud prevention or resilience measures.
  • It suggests areas in which the Department of Labor should modify its current data-reporting requirements to improve transparency and understanding of system performance, particularly around anti-fraud reporting.
  • It concludes with a proposal for an aspirational alternative framework, or “scorecard,” to better understand and improve system performance in the future.

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