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UI Modernization Project Update

December 2020


We're one step closer to a new UI solution!


As a reminder, Thursday, December 3rd, DAS issued the Notice of Intent to Award (NITA) a contract to FAST Enterprises for the Unemployment Insurance solution. Aggrieved Proposers had until 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2020 to submit a protest. No protest was submitted and we are now able to move forward with final contract negotiations. Our team has resumed contract negotiations preparation work with DAS Procurement and we're looking forward to discussions with the selected vendor!


While the NITA opens the door to begin negotiating a contract, we know that we still have a long way to go before we have a signed contract and can begin the implementation of a new system.


Welcome new MODists

We've added a new face to our team, and others have shifted roles. 

Brad McKinney

Brad McKinney has started his new role as the new UI Modernization Business Team Manager. Brad has worked for OED since 2017 when he joined the agency in UI as Region 3’s Tax Manager. Most recently Brad was a business analyst on the Modernization team. Brad will be training with George Berriman whose last day in the office before heading into retirement is February 12, 2021. Welcome, Brad!

D. Ford


David Ford has started his new role as the Modernization Program Manager. David has been with the agency for six months, and was most recently the Modernization Project Manager for our Legacy Systems Readiness body of work. While most of his previous career has been in private industry, he brings a wealth of technology, project, and business experience and has made significant contributions to a number of State-wide projects over the years.  Welcome, David!

James Wollenweber


James Wollenweber will start as our UI Modernization Technical Team Manager on January 4, 2021. James is coming to us from the Department of Justice - Child Support Division where he has spent the past several years as the Technology Manager on their Modernization Project that completed earlier this year. Welcome, James!

And more on the way...

In our January update, we'll introduce you to even more new teammates!

  • Three Mod Program Business Analysts
  • Project manager, Scheduling
  • Project manager, Contracts and Vendor Management
  • Budget Analyst
MOD team

2020 Happy Holidays


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This communication is part of our ongoing commitment to keep you informed of the progress of our agency’s Modernization Program. The goal of our Modernization Program is to replace the aging computer systems that support receipt of unemployment insurance taxes, payment of unemployment insurance benefits, and delivery of employment services.
Further, this effort will transform business processes to take advantage of opportunities and benefits available through new system capabilities and better meet the needs of our customers - Oregonians and Oregon businesses.



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