LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Governor Steve Sisolak held a press conference to provide an update on Nevada’s Department of Training, Employment, and Rehabilitation. During the press conference, he signed a bill that intends to help alleviate the backlog DETR is currently facing, plus he appointed a new acting DETR director and unemployment “strike force” leader.
The press conference was held at 3 p.m. inside the Old Assembly Chamber of the Nevada State Capitol.
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Shortly after his opening remarks, Governor Sisolak took a moment to sign into law SB3, which intends to provide more flexibility to DETR in allowing them to connect claimants with their benefits faster.
SB3 will also extend the number of weeks Nevadans are eligible for additional benefits through the crisis. This bill only uses federal funding.
Sisolak also appointed former Speaker of the Nevada Assembly Barbara Buckley to lead a “strike force” on employment insurance. She will work closely with DETR over the next few months to address the large backlog of claims they are facing.
Along with Buckley’s appointment, Sisolak appointed a new acting director for DETR. Elisa Cafferata has been named to that position, but Sisolak says officials are now conducting an in-state and national search for a permanent director.
Another important topic addressed in the press conference included the large amount of fraudulent filings through the state unemployment system. Sisolak mentioned that many agencies are joining together to investigate the fraudulent claims, including the FBI and Secret Service.
While Sisolak announced $6.1 billion has been paid out by DETR since the start of the pandemic, Buckley said there is no current estimate of how much has been paid through fraudulent claims.