DETR hopes PUA unemployment claim backlog can be cleared by early February

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation provided an update today at 11 a.m. on the DETR Strike Force.

DETR Director Elisa Cafferata says she has not lost sight of the need to make sure claimants get the benefits they are entitled to.

According to DETR Strike Force leader Barbara Buckley, the PUA backlog should be cleared by Feb. 7.

Buckley says fraud has caused DETR to spend far more time verifying each claim than anticipated, adding there have been more claims filed than there are people in Nevada’s workforce.

The Strike Force, under the leadership of Barbara Buckley, was created by Gov. Steve Sisolak in August to assist DETR in processing a large backlog of unemployment claims.

Cafferata says 300,000 Nevadans have been receiving their benefits and more than $8 billion have been paid out.

Cafferata explained that a priority moving forward is modernizing DETR’s computer system – thoroughly modernizing the unemployment claim system within the next two to three years.

Buckley says, “Our hope is that by that deadline (Feb.7) every PUA case will have a determination…the response time has gotten better, but it’s still not where it needs to be.”

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