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Ag. Commissioner Nikki Fried requests investigation into Florida's unemployment system

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 04, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is calling for the state to hold those managing Florida's unemployment system accountable.

On Monday, Fried wrote to the state's chief inspector general to "formally request an investigation into potential mismanagement of Florida's unemployment system," according to Fried's office.


Fried's call to action comes as several audit pointed out 600 problems with the CONNECT unemployment system. As of May 4, thousands of Floridians are still left in the dark in receiving their unemployment benefits.

Fried wrote the following in her letter, in part:

"Given these failures, I hereby request that pursuant to Section 14.32(2)(a), Florida Statutes, you initiate an investigation into potential mismanagement of the CONNECT unemployment system.

As head of the state’s consumer protection agency, I make this request on behalf of the thousands of Floridians who have been unduly frustrated by their state government’s inability to timely process requests for unemployment assistance, for whom economic recovery depends on the competent government response they deserve.”