Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of the state auditor shall conduct a comprehensive audit of the department of unemployment assistance to determine the level of unemployment fraud that has taken place during the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19. The audit shall include, but not be limited to: (1) a review and examination of the policies and procedures of the department of unemployment assistance to prevent and address unemployment fraud; (2) a review of any and all costs to the state and taxpayers due to unemployment fraud during the course of the pandemic; and (3) any recommendations regarding how to improve the department of unemployment’s policies to prevent unemployment fraud.
The department of the state auditor shall publish a report of its findings and make the report available to the public not later than December 31, 2021.
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