Ran across this piece from the AP:
South Dakota’s Labor Department is hiring three investigators to help look for fraud in what it says is an “extremely high number” of unemployment claims.
A few questions come to mind. How do we know the number is extremely high? Compared to what period in South Dakota’s history? Or are we comparing to other states? Inquiring minds would like to know more than “extremely high.”
Further, how many investigators currently exist to ferret out this type of fraud? Are all of these investigators full-time positions or are the new ones only going to last as long as the “extremely high” conditions continue? What is the workload of the fraud investigators?
How are the investigators paid? Is any of their remuneration tied to the number of fraudulent claims they expose?
Later on in the article it says that the investigators will be state employees but funded by the federal government (that is, you and me). How long does the funding last?
Perhaps the AP could perform a bit of investigative journalism to answer a few of these questions in a follow-up piece.