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Dawn Royal, Wyoming–2020-2021 UCOWF President

As with every part of every community, UCOWF has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As an organization, we have had to make difficult decisions that included canceling our Annual Training Conference, postponing the realignment of our regions and learning to do business in the virtual world.  As professionals, we all have been required to adapt to new working conditions while navigating the stress of furloughs, layoffs and various uncertainties.  As the President of UCOWF, I want to assure our members that we will continue to uphold and strengthen our organization’s goal to promote maximum effort toward the prevention, detection, elimination and prosecution of welfare fraud.

While I believe the worst of the crisis is behind us, we are still facing significant challenges and uncertainties.  We are actively collecting information to determine whether we will be able to safely host our Annual Training Conference in 2021.  If a traditional in-person conference is impossible, we will explore ideas and options for a virtual conference as the opportunity to network and share information about fraud trends is more critical than ever.  We will continue to create and foster relationships with private and government partners to promote UCOWF’s goals and objectives.  It is going to be a very busy and exciting year and I want to personally invite all of our members to speak up, ask questions and share your experiences.  We are entering uncharted territory and together we can make an impact.