The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is available to states, local, tribal, and territories to provide unemployment benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a Presidential disaster declaration and who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance (UI). FEMA has delegated to the Secretary of Labor the responsibility of administering the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974, which pertains to the DUA program and payment of DUA benefit assistance.
DUA is paid using federal funds. Knowingly giving false information or withholding information to obtain or increase unemployment benefits is fraud , which can be prosecuted under state and federal laws. If you commit fraud, you will lose your remaining benefits, you must repay any benefits you received and you may face criminal charges. If convicted, you could face a fine and jail time. All information is subject to verification by TWC and the . Department of Labor. Criminal or civil penalties or both will be enforced for violation of state and federal laws.