The Texas Department of Public Safety has ended the employment security program for some of its employees, according to a statement from the agency.
The state agency’s announcement comes just hours after the U.S. Department of Labor issued a statement saying the state’s program could end on Dec. 31.
A spokesperson for the agency told The Verge that the decision to end the program came in response to public comments about its lack of effectiveness.
The spokesperson added that the state will still be looking to find other ways to help people with the job security program.
“The public has expressed concern about the lack of job security and how the program is administered,” the spokesperson said in the statement.
“These issues have prompted the state to consider ending the employment-security program and implementing a new program to ensure the safety and well-being of employees.”
Earlier this month, the state suspended the program for more than 2,300 employees.
Some employees received letters saying they could no longer receive any state-issued identification cards while others had their Social Security numbers removed.
The program was implemented in March, but the state says the state cannot determine if any of the people who received the letters have actually applied for the job.
In February, the Department of Administration told employees that if they applied for any new job with the state, they would be removed from the employment status list, which was previously set to expire in June.
However, the agency did not say how many people have applied for jobs, or when they might receive the state-mandated documentation.
In an email to The Verge, the spokesperson for DPS told us that the department does not have any further information about what will happen to those who were previously on the list.
The agency’s decision comes just days after the department said it was ending the program, which had been in place for nearly a year.
The department’s statement also noted that the program will no longer be paid for by the state of Texas.
“While it has been noted that many of our current employees may need assistance, we have decided to stop paying for employment security programs and to cease paying out of state to any of our employees,” the statement read.