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Federal Additional Compensation Program (FAC)
Frequently Asked Questions

The week ending December 11, 2010 was the last week for the stimulus-funded Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) Program, which paid an additional $25 each week to individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Beginning the week ending December 18, claimants may notice this change reflected in their weekly benefits.

The Federal Additional Compensation Program was a federally funded program which provides a supplemental payment of $25 for each week that an individual is eligible for an unemployment insurance payment. The program expired on12/7/10.

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1. What is the Federal Additional Compensation Program (FAC)?
FAC is a federally funded program which provides a supplemental payment of $25 for each week that an individual is eligible for an unemployment insurance payment.
2. When does the FAC program start?
The FAC Program became effective on February 22, 2009. The week ending February 28, 2009 is the first week for which the supplemental payment can be made.
3. Can the FAC be paid on my Extended Benefits, Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA), or Workshare Claim?
Yes, if you are eligible to receive an unemployment insurance payment for the week, you are eligible for the FAC. The FAC can be paid on Regular Unemployment, Federal Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC08), State Extended Benefits (EB), Workshare, TRA, Federal and Military claims..
4. How do I qualify or apply for FAC?
If you are eligible to receive at least one dollar ($1) of unemployment compensation for the week, the department will pay you the $25 FAC. You do not need to apply for these benefits. This supplemental payment will be paid when you mail your payment certification form or call teleserve to file for your weekly benefit payment.

However, if disqualifying income (i.e. partial earnings, pensions, workers’ compensation etc.) reduces your unemployment compensation payment to $0, you are not entitled to the $25 FAC.
5. Will I still receive this supplemental payment if I have a child support deduction or an overpayment, which is being recovered?
Yes. The $25 FAC is added after all debts (child support or overpayment recovery) are offset from your unemployment compensation. Even if 100% of your weekly benefit amount is offset, you are still entitled to the $25 FAC since you are entitled to the payment for the week.
6. How long will FAC last?
The last week the FAC entitlement may be established is the week ending May 29, 2010. Any new claim filed effective May 30, 2010 or later will not include the $25 FAC payments. The last week any FAC payments can be made is December 7, 2010.
7. Is the FAC money paid to me taxable?
The FAC payments are taxable and will be reported on the 1099, which is sent to you at the end of the year.

Here are some of the other currently active programs that also generate many questions. Click on each link for FAQ's regarding these programs:

Unemployment Insurance FAQ's

Electronic Payment Card FAQ's Emergency Unemployment Compensation FAQ's
Teleserve FAQ's Federal Additional Compensation FAQ's
Pell Grant FAQ's Workshare FAQ's




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