KDOL Secretary Delía García resigns
Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Delía García has resigned amid issues getting unemployment claims paid to Kansans.
According to Gov. Laura Kelly, the moves comes as she addresses issues impacting KDOL’s ability to handle the volume of claims for Unemployment Insurance.
The Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Ryan Wright, has been appointed as acting Secretary of Labor.
Kelly says she is also going to bring in specialists to look for ways to improve response times.
“As Governor, I’m responsible for KDOL’s handling of unemployment claims. I am taking immediate action to ensure Kansans who are out of work, through no fault of their own, are getting the assistance they need,” Governor Kelly said. “I want to thank Secretary García for her service to Kansas. While states around the country have struggled to manage unemployment claims during the worst public health crisis in a century, Secretary García inherited an agency that had its funding, its technology, and its staff gutted by the previous administration.”
Kelly said that nearly 4500 people received duplicate payments on June 10th, then KDOL tried to take the money back on June 18th without consulting the Governor.
Her staff says that caused several people to overdraft on their accounts.
"We have a responsibility to the people we represent to get it right. And when we don’t, we’ll make the changes needed to fix the problem,” Governor Kelly said.
“I’m thankful that the governor has finally recognized the Department of Labor is broken and thousands of Kansans who have been laid off through no fault of their own have been wronged by the system,” said Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle.
Wagle, a Wichita Republican, added that she continues to hear from unemployed Kansans who aren’t receiving checks or have been cut off from payments.
Complaints about the handling of unemployment claims have dogged officials across the country, including in Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. The director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission also resigned following complaints about unpaid jobless claims.