Unemployment benefits system going to “the cloud”

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Des Moines, Iowa – RadioIowa – Iowa officials have formed a partnership with two other states on a “technology upgrade” to process unemployment insurance payments from companies and checks to laid-off workers.  Iowa Workforce Development director Beth Townsend says the state’s current system is operating off a computer server that was built in 1973.

Townsend’s agency is working with the states of Idaho and Vermont on this project.

The program is “cloud-based” which means it’s available over the internet via servers owned by a “cloud computing” provider. Townsend says converting the unemployment insurance program to “the cloud” will cost the State of Iowa between six-to-seven million dollars.

Townsend says Idaho’s “cloud based” program has been operating for 20 months.

The State of Idaho touts its “Internet Unemployment System” as a revolutionary change. Idaho officials say their agreement with Iowa and Vermont will upgrade the system for “seamless” navigation among devices, be it a “smart” phone or a laptop.

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