U.S. Senator makes second request for feds to investigate unemployment site

CREATED Jan. 8, 2014

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FLORIDA--  U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has made his second request for the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate Florida's troubled, new $63 million unemployment claims website.  

Almost three months after the state launched the website, CONNECT, thousands of Floridians still argue problems with the site are delaying or preventing them from receiving their unemployment benefits. 

"When somebody's down and out, it's inexcusable that they can't get their legal and just compensation because the state of Florida's website is not working," Nelson said. 

The Senator sent a second letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and asked Perez to submit a report to him by January 14.  

State officials have not given a timeline about when the remaining issues will be fixed, but have said 24 outstanding issues still remain with the website and 20 additional issues will need to be fixed before the site is considered functional.