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California’s EDD unemployment system has been shut down several times in the past 24 hours – Deadline

“This system is a 30 year old system,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said of California’s online unemployment system after it was revealed massively flawed in a state report last September. Newsom at the time sought to define the problems in terms of outdated technology, not incompetence. Computers and the software that makes them “must be thrown into the dustbin of history,” he said.

“The reset began this weekend,” promised the governor at the time. “The reset process is expected to end on October 5.”

Fast forward almost exactly six months and that same job development department
The system is still riddled with failures, glitches several times this weekend, just as thousands of cash-strapped Californians sought to certify their weekly benefits.

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A notice on the site Monday acknowledged that some users are having issues.

The website failure has renewed concerns about the jurisdiction of ESD during the unemployment crisis caused by the pandemic in the state.

When asked for comment, the EDD Media Services team responded. Told local outlet ABC7: “We are working to obtain details on the system status of our IT branch and will send an update as soon as we have more information.” Monday at 5 p.m., there had been no such notice or even an acknowledgment of the problem on the EDD Twitter page.

This isn’t the first time Californians’ statements have been delayed by the site. In September, a strike team appointed by the governor himself released a damning report indicating that the backlog of unresolved claims was growing by 10,000 a day.

According to According to the Los Angeles Times, the EDD reported in early March 2021 that its backlog of delayed and unapproved claims had doubled since the start of the year to more than one million as of March 3.

Add to this the admission of ESD that at least $ 10 billion in fraudulent public unemployment funds have been paid since March 2020, and the proportions of the system’s failure – and Governor Gavin Newsom’s failure to address it – are becoming clear.

From the EDD of January 2021 declaration:

Between March 2020 and January 16, 2021, EDD processed 19.5 million claims and paid out $ 114 billion in unemployment benefits. EDD confirmed that 9.7% of payments were made for fraudulent claims. EDD also identified that up to an additional 17% of payments made during this period were made for potentially fraudulent claims. These allegations are under investigation. Estimates provided today are subject to change as new claims arrive and older claims that have been flagged as suspicious are either validated or confirmed as fraudulent.

This means that up to $ 30 billion of these claims could be fraudulent. And, last December, state officials had identified at least $ 400 million paid for some 21,000 irregularly filed unemployment benefit claims on behalf of California prison inmates.

As a result of all of this, the money that cash-strapped Californians need gets stuck in the state bureaucracy. Despite the governor’s promises six months ago, it looks like the computer system is still a mess.

“The state must provide this benefit to those who qualify within a period of time relevant to the welfare of the claimant, and it has not done so for too many Californians,” the September report said.

The report made 100 recommendations, including immediate fixes and longer-term plans.

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