State UI agencies’ Benefit Payment Control (BPC) units are responsible for identifying and recovering UI overpayments. ETA requires state agencies to report the number of high-dollar overpayments identified by state BPC operations on the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) 227 - Overpayment Detection and Recovery Activities report.

Current reporting instructions for the ETA 227 report are included in UI Program Letter No. 8-12, Change 1 (July 27, 2015), and define fraud and non-fraud high-dollar overpayments as:

"…total overpayments to an individual on a claim exceeds [sic] $25,000. Overpayments may be a single overpayment or multiple overpayments established during or prior to the reporting quarter however, the high dollar overpayment is reported for the quarter in which the cumulative amount overpaid to an individual on a claim exceeds $25,000."

For states that are not currently reporting high-dollar data on the ETA 227, or did not submit a completed ETA 227 report, ETA will provide sample counts from the Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) survey. BAM is a statistical survey of paid and denied UI claims that collects information on high-dollar overpayments. State BAM investigators are required to complete 95 percent of their sample cases within 90 days of selection.

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