FEMA Approves New Jersey For Additional $300/Week Unemployment Benefit Retroactive To August

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved New Jersey for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow New Jersey to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to implement a system to make this funding available to New Jersey residents.

Payments, which will be retroactive to August, will not be made for at least several more weeks as a fund distribution system is put into place.

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the state of New Jersey agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

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  1. I’m not holding my breath (holding my nose, yes). This will take a while before they “implement a system” of distribution. Of course, they have to pay the “implementers” first. How much will be left? They already had a system for the previous $600. Leave it to the government to reinvent the wheel at the taxpayer’s cost.

    • There is no funding for “implementers”. they aren’t hiring outside contractors. FEMA already has staff, the state unemployment offices already have staff. However, this is money coming from a different source than the initial bill, and was enabled solely by a Presidential Executive order

  2. New Jersey officials said the new program will take several weeks to implement after the state is accepted into the program because the Lost Wages Supplemental Assistance program needs to operate separately from other federal and state unemployment programs.

    This separate program needs to be created, tested and paid for by somebody. The state has GSA IT contracts with independent developers who are used regularly in a “Hey you, we need to get this program done ASAP”. Guess who pays for this.

    Okay, 1-2-3, ready, set, go:
    Look in the mirror!

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