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brownjanbudget.jpgOAKLAND - Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday it's a "good question" whether the contractor managing a major computer system upgrade that delayed jobless benefits for thousands of Californians should be given more state work.

"That's a good question," Brown said of Deloitte Consulting after an event in Oakland. "We're looking into that."

Brown told reporters "it seems like there's been multiple screw-ups" and that his administration is seeking to fix them and install "sustainable leadership" within the Employment Development Department.

He did not elaborate.

A problem converting old unemployment claims into the state's new processing system over the Labor Day weekend delayed jobless benefits for nearly 150,000 Californians.

Deloitte Federal Political Action Committee gave $17,000 to Brown's re-election committee on Sept. 3, just after the Labor Day weekend. The Democratic governor said the donation was "news to me."

"I first learned about this program when I read about it in the paper," Brown said. "I don't think you'll find a more independent person in the governor's office when it comes to bills, when it comes to decisions. So trying to tie contributions and actions, I think it's worth, you know, a little bit of your time, but not much."

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a news conference at the California state Capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 10, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.


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