Florida Starts Daily Fines for Unemployment Claims Website Vendor

The DEO started fining Deloitte Consulting $15,000 per day.

Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013  |  Updated 10:42 AM EDT
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The state of Florida is starting daily fines against the company that built the state's new unemployment claims website.

The Department of Economic Opportunity on Monday began fining Deloitte Consulting $15,000 a day. State officials say they will keep imposing the fines until the system is fully functioning.

The state switched over to the new $63 million system in October. Since then there have been continued complaints about unemployed Floridians frustrated at their ability to process claims.

State officials said last week they were withholding a $3 million payment to Deloitte.

Deloitte officials contend the vast majority of those seeking unemployment benefits are receiving them. A company spokesman said last week the remaining problems with the system can only be fixed by the state or are "otherwise beyond Deloitte's control."

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