MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)(1) has once again seen significant progress in its ongoing efforts to deter and prevent abuse of the state's unemployment insurance program while expediting the processing of legitimate unemployment claims. Alabama DIR is only one of two states in the nation to achieve certification for interactive connectivity to the Social Security Administration via the Interstate Connection Network to validate a claimant's social security number. Alabama DIR teamed with Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. (ICS), of Montgomery, Alabama to successfully complete the certification via an Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) process. The validation process ensures that Alabama citizens are protected against identity theft while using their social security numbers to apply for unemployment compensation benefits. The DIR Unemployment Compensation division is built around one central idea: a worker who loses his job through no fault of his own, deserves financial help -- the foundation of which is that legitimate claims should be processed as swiftly as possible. As a result of this certification, valid claims will be processed more promptly while simultaneously reducing the number of fraudulent claims. Immediate validation of a claimant's social security number will significantly decrease the likelihood of a fraudulent claim being accepted and processed. DIR's executive team proactively supported the efforts of its staff and ICS during the IV&V to ensure Alabama met all requirements to be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, the agency charged with approval authority. DIR employees Neil Smart Jr., Paul Riley, and Dennis McKinney were instrumental in providing ICS the necessary documentation, site visits and system demonstrations to rapidly complete the IV&V. As a result, Faron Golden and Kathi Lee of ICS were able to expedite the certification process enabling Alabama to become one of the first states to interactively validate social security numbers for unemployment claims. In a previous article, DIR Director Phyllis Kennedy, said, "Alabama places a high priority on thorough follow-up on claims and paying attention to small details." With this implementation, once more Alabama leads the way in supporting both workers and employers alike while reducing fraudulent activity. ICS CEO, Stephen Goldsby, said, "ICS was happy to play a part in the process for Alabama to become one of the first in the nation to achieve certification." (1) Industrial Relations is an umbrella organization of state governmental agencies that administer the Employment Service, Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation, and Labor Market Information divisions. Smaller programs also administered include Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation, Mine Safety and Inspection, and Surface Mining of Non-Fuel Minerals. For more information on the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, visit the Web site: http://dir.alabama.gov/ .
SOURCE Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc.