Additional Session: Unemployment Insurance Programs in the District During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An additional session of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development to take testimony from government witness, DOES Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes.

Councilmember Elissa Silverman, Chairperson of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, announces a public oversight roundtable before the Committee on the District’s unemployment compensation program. The roundtable will consider the challenges District workers continue to face in applying for unemployment insurance benefits under expanded programs available during the COVID-19 pandemic. This notice has been revised to reflect the addition of a second date, December 16, 2020 at 10:00am, when the Department of Employment Services (DOES) is expected to testify.

The full text of the letter sent by Councilmember Elissa Silverman to DOES, which includes advance questions for this additional Oversight Roundtable, can be found here

The hearing will be broadcast live on DC Cable Channel 13 and online at


Public witnesses interested in testifying for the December 16, 2020 portion of the roundtable can still do so by submitting written or voicemail statements. Written statements should be submitted by email to [email protected]. Additionally, the public may provide testimony by voice mail by calling (202) 455-0153, stating and spelling the witness’s name, stating any organizational affiliation, and speaking slowly to provide a statement to be transcribed and included in the record. The record will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

Click here to view the official meeting notice.