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$25.9 million in PUA funds to be paid out

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“PAYOUTS for this week will be about $25.9 million, both direct deposit and paper checks,” Secretary of Labor Vicky Benavente said during a media briefing on Friday regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

The Department of Finance has printed checks up to the Sept. 29 pay date, she said, adding that the CNMI Department of Labor is still processing claims with Oct. 6 and later pay dates.

Once the Commonwealth receives the next funding allotment from the U.S. Department of Labor, more payments will be processed, she said.

There are about $68 million in additional funds and they will be more than enough to restart the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program and finish the payouts for these claims, Benavente said.

“The next allotment should cover us for both PUA and FPUC,” she added.

Benavente said U.S. DOL and CNMI DOL were on a couple of conference calls last week during which the latter provided data on the expenditure of the program funds, including how much has been disbursed and how many claimants have received their funding, among other details.

“I’m confident that [U.S. DOL] is going to provide enough funding for our request. We had requested for a total of about $240 million from the very beginning, way back in March, and these are for 10,000 applicants in the CNMI,” she said.

The Commonwealth has already received over $172 million for this program.

“I’m confident that we will get enough additional funds for the remaining six to eight weeks of this year,” Benavente said.   

“Unfortunately, we have to hold back on FPUC claims because of the amount of the funds in the account. I want to make sure we have more than enough. I don’t want to just pay 1,000 applicants; I want to pay all of the applicants who are eligible,” she said.

For now, CNMI DOL is focusing on PUA as 37% of the claims remain unadjudicated.

CNMI DOL intends to adjudicate these claims by Nov. 30, but “we know we’re going to continue to adjudicate claims beyond that date —  the team has pushed hard and will adjudicate as many as we can through the end of the month.”

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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