The Guam Department of Labor says it’s still sorting through potential payouts for the Lost Wages Assistance program.
The batch was actually run yesterday and is the first of the $300 payments, covering a 6-week span from the end of July until the beginning of September.
As of this morning, GDOL director David Dell’Isola said they’re still combing through the potential recipients to ensure no fraud got in since GovGuam is on the hook for any fraudulent payouts, unlike the PUA and FPUC programs.
Dell’Isola says it’s crucial to limit their liability.
“We’re in the middle of it. Some of the day to day operations pull our resources away and slow us down as typical of anything – we’re just trying to get this out. This batch file that came in for all the claimants for all the weeks, the tens of thousands of names…and the PUA and FPUC that’s mixed in there…because you can’t run the LWA without it. So, all these three programs are on this one batch but we’re concentrated on the LWA,” Dell’Isola said.
He added: “All I can say is that it looks good but we’re just trying to make sure that no fraud snuck in.”
When the batch is finalized, GDOL is tracking to have money in the hands of people by next week.
They’re also planning to batch another payment next Tuesday and that could be PUA and LWA. But Dell’Isola says he won’t know until this batch has cleared first.