The Guam Department of Labor is adopting a new unemployment check processing system, GDOL director David Dell’Isola said during the oversight hearing conducted by Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee.
Dell’Isola said GDOL is using its own money to pay for new printers and a new check folding machine which are expected to significantly speed up the processing of unemployment checks.
With the new equipment and new procedure, Dell’Isola said the Department of Administration will be able to handle tens of thousands of checks a day.
“We had to go through the procurement process, of course, and hopefully the new check processing system will be ready by the next batch,” Dell’Isola said.
With the new system, GDOL is hoping that the tedious task of printing, stamping, folding, putting in envelopes, and running the checks through the postage machine, and then mailing — will all be done in a two-step process.
“It will create so many efficiencies. It will speed this up so much faster and will take us into a new century of check automation,” Dell’Isola said.
He added that even after the unemployment assistance program is over, the new system can be used for other programs that involve the issuing of checks.
“They will have those machines and they will have that process in place for future checks,” Dell’Isola said.