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Gov. Sisolak provides update on Department of Training, Employment and Rehabilitation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Governor Steve Sisolak held a press conference to provide an update on Nevada’s Department of Training, Employment, and Rehabilitation. During the press conference, he signed a bill that intends to help alleviate the backlog DETR is currently facing, plus he appointed a new acting DETR director and unemployment “strike force” leader.

The press conference was held at 3 p.m. inside the Old Assembly Chamber of the Nevada State Capitol. 

“I hear you, I am listening and I am taking action.“ — @GovSisolak to Nevada families dealing with unemployment #8NN #BeInformedVegas

— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) August 6, 2020

Shortly after his opening remarks, Governor Sisolak took a moment to sign into law SB3, which intends to provide more flexibility to DETR in allowing them to connect claimants with their benefits faster.

@GovSisolak just signed #SB3, which will help @DetrNevada bring more benefits to families in need. @8NewsNow #8NN pic.twitter.com/LqypeCF5Fx

— Sasha Loftis (@SashaLoftis) August 6, 2020

SB3 will also extend the number of weeks Nevadans are eligible for additional benefits through the crisis. This bill only uses federal funding.

Sisolak also appointed former Speaker of the Nevada Assembly Barbara Buckley to lead a “strike force” on employment insurance. She will work closely with DETR over the next few months to address the large backlog of claims they are facing.

Here reputation precedes her, and for good reason. Throughout her career, whether in the state Legislature or as the head of Legal Aid of Southern Nevada, Barbara has been a champion of hard-working Nevadans.

— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) August 6, 2020

Along with Buckley’s appointment, Sisolak appointed a new acting director for DETR. Elisa Cafferata has been named to that position, but Sisolak says officials are now conducting an in-state and national search for a permanent director.

Another important topic addressed in the press conference included the large amount of fraudulent filings through the state unemployment system. Sisolak mentioned that many agencies are joining together to investigate the fraudulent claims, including the FBI and Secret Service.

While Sisolak announced $6.1 billion has been paid out by DETR since the start of the pandemic, Buckley said there is no current estimate of how much has been paid through fraudulent claims.

Governor Sisolak just wrapped up a press conference naming new DETR staff, but no mention of denial letters sent to hundreds of PUA claimants and no mention of the missing $600 FPUC payment. @8NewsNow

— Joe Moeller (@joemoeller44) August 6, 2020