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A computer programming error by the technical types at the Virginia Employment Commission resulted in overpaying more than 6,000 Virginians more than $2.4 million says an editorial in the March 31 Charlotteville Daily Press. The technical types at VEC failed to include a benefit cap when they reprogrammed their computers when unemployment benefits were increased after September 11. The editoral wrings its hands because the money involved is federal rather than state money, and implies the overpayments should be forgiven if it was the later. The newspaper notes that VEC officials are asking the U.S. Department of Labor to forgive the error. Guess the editorial writers at the Daily Press think federal money comes from the Tooth Fairy.

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