Guam DOL Director David Dell’Isola said that he launched an investigation into the leak of Guam Senator Louise Muna’s unemployment application, but found no evidence that it was leaked by any of his employees.
Dell’Isola was responding to a question posed by Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee who last Wednesday held the third in a series of hearings on the Guam Department of Labor’s implementation of the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for the island’s jobless.
The “breach of privacy” involving Senator Muna’s application for unemployment benefits was one of the issues that came up.
Muna later said it was a mistake and she withdrew her application after learning that her $55,000 legislative salary disqualified her.
“We found no mention that any leaks came out of our department, nor did we find any evidence of it. I’m not going to say that it’s not possible, anything is possible,” Dell’Isola said.
But “I reassure you, as I reassure everybody, if we hear of any person that breaches this confidentiality of privacy I will be the first one to make sure we report those names to the AG and to the U.S. Attorney for possible prosecution,” said Dell’Isolla.
Dell’Isola told PNC News on Friday
In the wake of the Muna case the failure to report income is one of the biggest issues facing the Guam DOL staff members who are processing unemployment benefits.
On Friday Dell’Isola told PNC News that “the issue that was raised about having income and not claiming it … has scared a lot of people. And they’re now calling in saying ‘Oh I forgot to claim this income’, ‘Oh, I actually had income and we didn’t get it’, or ‘Oh, I got a payment and it was a lot more than I should have because I should have claimed this income’.”
“We’re getting them in by the hundreds, which is good, but now you have a whole another set of problems that I have to deal with,” Dell’Isola said.
Dell’Isola also said that some of those unemployment claims have been set aside and will be reviewed for possible fraud.