Florida DEO talks about upgrades to brand new, $63 million unemployment website

CREATED Jan. 31, 2014

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FLORIDA -- Three-and-a-half months after Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) launched a new, $63 million unemployment claims website, department officials are discussing upgrades and enhancements to the website CONNECT.

In a memo released Friday, state officials said their main priority remains getting people paid who have been waiting months for their benefits, which were tied up because of glitches with the new website.  

However, the memo said US Department of Labor officials have recommended "potential technical enhancements to the CONNECT system that may require additional programming or the purchase of new software."

On Wednesday, 4,900 people were expected to have their delayed benefits directly deposited into their bank accounts.  

On Jan. 18, officials from DEO met with US Department of Labor officials who authorized the temporary payment to claimants who have been waiting in an adjudication or "hold" stage longer than a week.  Some Fox 4 viewers have had their accounts on hold for up to three months.