Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM)

BAM is a statistical survey used to identify and support resolutions of deficiencies in the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) system and is also used to estimate state UI improper payments to be reported to DOL as required by the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) and the Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA). BAM is also used to identify the root causes of improper payments and supports other analyses conducted by DOL to identify improper payment prevention strategies and to measure progress in meeting improper payment reduction targets.

The BAM survey covers the three largest permanently authorized unemployment compensation programs: State UI, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE), and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX). State agencies (except Virgin Islands) are required to conduct BAM investigations by regulation (20 CFR Part 602).


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*Spreadsheets may have several pages of data.

BAM Methodology