As reported by the Associated Press over the weekend, staff at the Employment Development Department worked through the weekend to process unemployment benefits checks.
The Bee reported last week that EDD fell behind issuing checks after the federal government approved funds to extend the benefit. That story and others prompted Labor Secretary Victoria Bradshaw to fire off a letter to EDD Director Patrick Henning to express the administration's frustration. Henning is leaving his post at the end of this year.
(Worth noting: The federal government has been concerned with EDD's productivity in light of furloughs. This link opens our post about the fed's concerns. Clicking here opens our report on the state's response.)
The governor's office released the Bradshaw letter Friday afternoon. We just discovered it in our e-mail pile, but thought blog users would still want to read it.
Here's the first paragraph:
As we have discussed, I am concerned by the time it is taking to update the Employment Development Department's outdated computer system and the resulting delay in the dispersal of unemployment benefits. I understand the difficulties presented by multiple federal extensions, but ensuring that unemployed Californians receive their benefit checks in a timely manner is of paramount concern to the unemployed and to the economy of CA in this economy.
Click here to read the entire letter.