Governor Deval Patrick announced Friday that he is replacing his state secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Joanne F. Goldstein, who had been facing questions about the troubled launch of the state’s new online unemployment benefits system built by Deloitte Consulting.
In a press release, Patrick said Goldstein will be replaced by Rachel Kaprielian, who is currently the state’s registrar of motor vehicles. As registrar, Kaprielian entered a $76.8 million contract with Deloitte in 2012 to overhaul that agency’s online system.
Goldstein will be taking a job as an associate vice president at Northeastern University.
Patrick at a State House press conference Friday thanked Goldstein for her service and downplayed problems that have plagued the unemployment website as a reason for her departure.
Asked whether the new secretary could hold Deloitte’s feet to the fire, Patrick insisted she could.
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