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Full Text of HR0860  101st General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, On May 15, 2020, several members of the General
3Assembly received panicked phone calls and emails concerning
4private personal identification information, such as social
5security numbers, addresses, and birth dates, being published
6publicly on the Illinois Department of Employment Security's
7(IDES) website; and
8    WHEREAS, The private information being published by IDES
9pertained to tens of thousands of individuals who had applied
10for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits as a result
11of the government shut down of businesses in response to the
12COVID-19 pandemic; and
13    WHEREAS, Governor Pritzker and IDES entered into two no-bid
14contracts with private sector companies totaling $22 million of
15taxpayer money to help assist in upgrading IDES's antiquated
16website and claims systems; and
17    WHEREAS, Prior to May 11, 2020, the day the new IDES became
18operational, the general public and members of the General
19Assembly were assured that upon completion of the upgrades to
20the system then IDES would be able to handle the large number
21of applications more efficiently, and the application process
22for unemployment benefits would be easier and more secure; and



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1    WHEREAS, Since the beginning of the government shut down of
2businesses on March 16, 2020, a record number of over one
3million Illinoisans have filed for unemployment benefits, with
4many having to repeatedly call IDES while waiting for weeks
5without income; and
6    WHEREAS, Upon learning about the publication of the private
7personal information on IDES's website, Representative Terri
8Bryant immediately notified members of the Governor's staff and
9the IDES staff and asked them to resolve the data breach; and
10    WHEREAS, The day following the data breach, having not
11received sufficient answers as to how the breach happened and
12who was affected, Representative Terri Bryant submitted a
13letter to the Governor's office requesting those answers; and
14    WHEREAS, On May 21, 2020, five days after the request for
15answers from the Governor's office and still not having
16received an adequate response, a subsequent letter was sent
17from several members of the House Republican Caucus asking that
18the Governor respond; and
19    WHEREAS, Every day that goes by without knowing whose
20information was published, how long the information was
21available, and who was able to access the information leaves



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1thousands of Illinoisans, who are already suffering from job
2loss, vulnerable to identity theft; therefore, be it
5the Auditor General is directed to conduct an audit of the
6Illinois Department of Employment Security and the
7unemployment benefits application system; and be it further
8    RESOLVED, That the audit include, but not be limited to,
9the following determinations:
10        (1) For what period of time the personal information of
11    unemployment applicants was available for access by other
12    applicants and the public;
13        (2) Whether or not the data breach has been fully
14    resolved;
15        (3) The possibility of another data breach;
16        (4) The number of applicants whose information was
17    published;
18        (5) The vulnerability to identity theft or other
19    security issues of those whose information was published;
20        (6) Any other vulnerabilities regarding the
21    information of the millions of Illinoisans who have applied
22    for unemployment benefits; and
23        (7) A review of the contracts awarded to Deloitte
24    Consulting for assisting IDES in the upgrading of its IT



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1    services; and be it further
2    RESOLVED, That IDES and any other State agency or entity
3having information relevant to the audit shall cooperate fully
4and promptly in the conduct of the audit; and be it further
5    RESOLVED, That the Auditor General shall commence this
6audit as soon as possible and report his findings and
7recommendations upon completion to the Governor and each of the
8four leaders of the General Assembly; and be it further
9    RESOLVED, That the Legislative Audit Commission is urged to
10review the findings of this audit in a public meeting, and the
11General Assembly is urged to take any actions that it deems
12necessary or desirable to implement the recommendations made by
13the audit and to remedy any problems or dysfunctions uncovered
14by the audit; and be it further
15    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
16delivered to Governor JB Pritzker, Department of Employment
17Security Acting Director Thomas Chan, Auditor General Frank J.
18Mautino, and Legislative Audit Commission Executive Director
19Jane Stricklin.