A federal audit shows Georgia's Labor Department overpaid $58.7 million in unemployment benefits and recovered just 25 percent, or $14.9 million.
The audit said the department failed to have adequate systems in place to detect and recover the improperly paid benefits over a three-year period.
The Office of Inspector General with the U.S. Department of Labor said the agency didn't implement a system until December 2011, even though it was available in 2008.
Agency Spokesman Sam Hall said the department has "made significant inroads with some of the issues that resulted in the overpayments." Hall said the office has focused on upgrading its technology and implementing programs to catch the overpayments
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