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Topic - Maureen O'Connor
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The federal Labor Department is preparing to issue guidance to those states that do reclaim the money, and Ms. O'Connor said Maryland is waiting on those guidelines before finalizing its own procedures.
"Benefit overpayments should be repaid as soon as possible, and payment plans can be arranged. Interest on the debt can be negotiated," said Maureen O'Connor, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.