Pa. Dept. Of Labor & Field To Hold off Deployment Of New Computer system Procedure, Will Continue To Use ‘Woefully Outdated’ System For Statements

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s “woefully outdated” personal computer program utilised to take care of unemployment promises will not get beforehand promised upgrades.

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For the past handful of months, The Section of Labor and Industry’s Secretary Jerry Oleksiak has explained the new program would go stay in Oct.

With just a number of days to go, the point out declared it will now pause the start of the new technique.

This comes at the recommendation of point out legislators, stakeholders and the U.S. Division of Labor, according to the Division of L&I.

The launch states: “Pennsylvania will prevent perhaps disrupting people relying on unemployment compensation by pausing the launch of the new method that will change how to file for claim and benefits.”

The state is still using 50-yr-previous technology to method statements.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller interviewed Auditor Standard Eugene DePasquale in August, who described the process as “woefully outdated” ad “held collectively with bubble gum and rubber bands.” He named for modifications to the program back in 2017.

An overhaul was in the operates and allegedly slated to rollout in Oct, but a committee is advising that now is not the time to improve the UC technique.

“For the numerous Pennsylvanians out of get the job done for the reason that of COVID-19, the unemployment payment system is providing a lifeline and essential positive aspects that claimants want for meals and housing in the course of this unprecedented time,” stated Secretary Oleksiak.

L&I has paid out additional than $28 billion in unemployment promises considering the fact that March 15.

Continue to be with KDKA and KDKA.com as Meghan Schiller will have a lot more on this tale at KDKA News at 6PM.

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