Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed recurrent shutdowns of the state’s CONNECT unemployment web site, saying Saturday they had been essential to course of claims.
DeSantis, after a roundtable in Orlando, famous that the positioning’s downtime final weekend was used to cope with backlogged requests for aid.
“They took down CONNECT simply to course of claims,” DeSantis mentioned of the weekend earlier than, with an estimated “450,00Zero to 500,000” then.
Weekend downtime is used “to essentially make an affect there,” DeSantis mentioned, whereas noting that the positioning is now working properly sufficient to require candidates to recertify their job search each two weeks beginning Could 9.
The Department of Economic Opportunity famous earlier Saturday that it might be “proscribing” entry to the chronically-overwhelmed CONNECT web site once more this weekend “in order that the system can dedicate 100% of its processing energy to processing purposes & making funds.”
This newest restriction of entry continues a pattern of intermittent shutdowns, which Gov. Ron DeSantis has disparaged at many a media availability.
“You return 4 weeks and the system was in tatters, individuals couldn’t even get on. There’s going to be an entire investigation that’s going to have to be carried out on how the state of Florida may’ve paid $77 million for this factor nevertheless a few years in the past they did,” DeSantis mentioned Friday in Jacksonville.
DeSantis mentioned how engineers had been trying to repair the positioning, persevering with the “all fingers on deck” narrative he has put forth for the reason that jobless crunch overwhelmed the web site, constructed throughout and for an period predating the present crush of unemployment claims.
The sniping has been depersonalized by each DeSantis and Scott on stay microphones, however spokespeople for the present Governor and the previous one have introduced the warmth.
“The Governor ought to ask his Chief of Employees why the Crist Administration picked Deloitte as the seller. That might be an excellent place to start out,” mentioned Chris Hartline, placing this debate within the class of “dumb political squabbles.”
DeSantis’ spokeswoman, Helen Aguirre Ferre, famous that the web site was a “colossal failure,” blaming the Scott administration for executing the ill-fated $77 million contract.
— to floridapolitics.com