As Vice Chair of the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement Committee, Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) is leading the efforts to call for more accountability of the mismanaged Employment Development Department (EDD).
In a letter to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, signed by members of the Republican Caucus, Senator Ochoa Bogh is requesting that the committee schedule an oversight hearing on EDD before Veterans Day. The purpose of the meeting is to ensure that recommendations from the State Auditor and some recently-passed bipartisan legislation crafted based on those recommendations are being implemented by the EDD. Glaring failures at EDD date back to 2013 and the Senate Republican Caucus has been tracking those problems here.
Senator Ochoa Bogh released the following statement:
“I am heartbroken as I hear from constituents on a daily basis who have found themselves in desperate need of help from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) through no fault of their own. My Republican colleagues and I know that the legislature has the responsibility to hold state agencies accountable, and the EDD is no exception.
“In order to do so, we must hold a hearing to assess the progress the department has made toward implementing the specific recommendations made by the State Auditorfor improving the functions of EDD. Our constituents deserve to know if these are being implemented and what steps have been taken to ensure the department is functioning efficiently.”
Dear Chair Salas,
We write today to request that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) hold an informational hearing on the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) status towards implementing recommendations contained in two audits that were released in January 2021.
It has been eight months since JLAC last held any oversight hearing on EDD. While plans were made to hold an oversight hearing numerous times over the past two months, these hearings were cancelled without providing a credible reason. Nevertheless, it is crucial that the Legislature exercise our oversight of EDD by ensuring that the department is properly implementing the recommendations made by the Auditor and codified by some recently-passed bipartisan legislation that was crafted based on those recommendations. It is our responsibility to ensure that all of our agencies are working efficiently and effectively on behalf of Californians.
While some in our state government may have lost focus on the need to ensure that EDD has made the necessary changes so Californians can obtain their unemployment benefits, we believe that this oversight is needed and hopefully a hearing will be scheduled before Veterans Day. It is our hope that you will join us in committing to hold an informational hearing soon to ensure that the Auditor’s recommendations are being adequately implemented, and to ascertain what else needs to be done to ensure that EDD pays honest claims quickly while preventing fraud. Californians who are awaiting much-needed assistance deserve no less.
ROSILICIE OCHOA BOGH
Senator, 23rd District
Senate Republican Leader, 21st District
Senator, 28th District
Senator, 16th District
Senator, 8th District
PATRICIA C. BATES
Senator, 36th District
Senator, 4th District
BRIAN W. JONES
Senator, 38th District