The DETR debacle: Sisolak’s worst systemic fiasco

By Chuck Muth
When it comes to Democrat Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s administration, failure is not an option. It’s standard operating procedure.
Just one ongoing example… DETR (Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation) is a
disaster. Tens of thousands of unemployment claims dating back to the #SisolakShutdown last MARCH — seven months ago — still haven’t been processed and paid.
And according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal story on Monday, there are still 267,000 unemployed Nevadans in the state thanks to the governor’s failure to fully re-open our economy.
In addition, Gov. Sisolak was the LAST governor to apply for the $300 per week federal supplement for unemployment recipients authorized by President Trump via executive order in August.
And to this day, “the state hasn’t yet rolled out software” to process payment of the money. This, more than two months after Sisolak announced, with much pomp and circumstance, the appointment of a “rapid-response” czar — former Democrat Assemblywoman Barbara Buckley — to fix the plague of problems at DETR, which is now on its THIRD department director since the #SisolakShutdown began.
Hang on. It gets worse. At the end of each quarter DETR is supposed to send out a report to every Nevada employer notifying them as to who is being paid unemployment benefits on their account and providing the employer an opportunity to contest any claims.
But as of the close of the 3rd quarter two weeks ago, the 2nd quarter statements STILL haven’t been sent out. Hang on. It gets even worse.
Without the statements from DETR, employers have a little-known option to check their account online. And one rather large southern Nevada employer has been doing just that since the start of the #SisolakShutdown.
And it ain’t pretty. The employer — whose identity is being kept confidential because we all know what a retaliation-hungry bully the governor is — noticed in July that one of its employees had received almost $8,000 in unemployment benefits during the 2nd quarter.
Two problems. The employee was still working. And the benefit card was sent to an out-of-state address.
The employer reported the obvious fraud to DETR. DETR said they’d look into it and cancelled the unemployment benefit debit card.
Problem solved, right? Wrong.
In September the same employee, who was still working, showed up AGAIN as the recipient of another $2,000 in unemployment benefits, but to a different debit card in a different state. The fraud was reported again.
How many more examples like this are out there? “DETR has been told on multiple occasions that my employee is still working and yet they continue to send debit cards and unemployment benefits out of state to someone else,” the employer told me. “You would think they would flag his name as a fraud case, or you would think they would extra-scrutinize out of state debit cards and
You would think. But you’d be wrong. Unbelievably, the governor’s DETR can’t even stop fraud when it’s REPORTED!
Oh, and all while LEGITIMATE claims continue to be bottled up in bureaucratic incompetence and mismanagement.
This is a fuster-cluck of epic proportions. Thank you, Gov. Sisolak. Thank you, legislative Democrats. Thank you,
Nevada voters who elected these boobs. Remember in November.
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Chuck Muth is president of and publisher of He blogs at His views are his own.

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