House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today issued the following statement after it was announced that Julia Dale, director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, will replace acting director Liza Estlund Olson and serve as the director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency:
“I recently called on the removal of the acting director because people throughout Michigan who have had to deal with UIA were not getting the level of customer service they need from the agency. After former director Steve Gray’s sudden resignation, acting director Olson pledged to clean things up. But that has not happened.
“There was a clear and concerning pattern of failure in leadership at the agency. That failure unfortunately trickled down to everyday people who have been looking for assistance from the agency to support their families, put food on the table and get by in an unprecedented time for our state. Accountability and change were needed for functionality and efficiency to improve.
“I am looking forward to working with Director Dale on improving customer service – as it should be her top priority when assuming this post. The Legislature and the House Oversight Committee are committed to being a good partner with this arm of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration. We hear from people we represent every day about the agency’s ineffectiveness and we are committed to getting it right for them.
“I am hopeful that we can work toward that with new leadership.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today testified on plans to make the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency more efficient and effective for the people it serves. The proposals provide solutions and accountability after numerous people across the state experienced frustration and anxiety as they have tried to get benefit claims fulfilled during COVID-19. An […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson looks ahead to a joint hearing Tuesday, November 30, with his committee and the Senate Oversight Committee to hear from the Michigan Auditor General’s office on their report on the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Rep. Johnson says the UIA made almost $4 billion in overpayments during the pandemic and […]
Members of the Michigan House and Senate oversight committees, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), on Tuesday will meet with newly appointed state Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Julia Dale and officials from the state Auditor General’s office to discuss a recent audit detailing mistakes made by the agency. The state Auditor General examined […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson says that Thursday’s Auditor General’s report on almost $4 billion in overpayments by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency during the pandemic reflect a failure by the Whitmer administration and ineptitude and ineffectiveness on the part of the UIA.