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March 2020


UI Modernization Project Update


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.


Welcome to March's edition of the UI Modernization Project Update. With COVID-19 dramatically impacting the world around us, the collective charge to support our state’s diverse people and businesses has perhaps never been felt more deeply. Over the past several weeks our team has been honored to support various other divisions in our agency’s rapid response to support Oregonians and Oregon businesses. While the work toward modernization will continue, we will be carefully considering how we invest our time and efforts. Here are a few things we've been working on the past month....


UI solution Request for Proposal round 3 complete

We are happy to announce that the two vendors moving forward to Round 4 are Deloitte and Fast.


We want to extend a sincere thank you to all the advisors and every other person who contributed in any way in the Round 3 vendor demonstration activities. It was a commitment of a significant amount of time and effort, and we appreciate every bit of it and do not take the time you invested lightly.


The demonstrations provided an opportunity to:

  • view the vendors’ system functionality
  • take a deeper look at the technology (including the flexibility of the system)
  • observe the proposed teams in action

round 4 starts now!

Beginning this month, a small team of Employment staff, representing Unemployment Insurance, Information Technology, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Administrative Business Services, and Modernization, plan to spend a day or two visiting with other states in which Fast’s or Deloitte’s solutions are in production or recently implemented.


We are adapting our planned in-person visits to virtual meetings and are still looking forward to the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of people who've worked with the vendor's solution and teams, learn about their ongoing maintenance and support, and hear about their customers' experiences. 


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welcome our new teammates

UI Project Business Team

We’re extremely excited to welcome these fine folks to the project business team! They started their positions on March 2, 2020 and will continue to support their units’ to ensure the smooth transition of business to their replacements. Their experience and energy has already been invaluable to the project and they've set an amazing example by their willingness to pick up work in many different areas, particularly, and as we flex to support the agency and ultimately, our customers.  

...and there's more to come

UI Project positions

 - Technical analysts


Program positions

 - Business analysts

 - Project managers


Many of our upcoming positions will be competitively filled, so if you are looking for a challenge and a chance to help create the future, keep an eye out; more information is coming soon! 


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MODist Cookie Social

We've had a few people ask about our MODist Cookie Socials. We're glad you're asking - we've been missing them too! 


While we aren't certain of when we'll host our next social, we are already looking forward to it. Until then, we sincerely wish health and safety for each of you and your loved ones. 


We are committed to continuous learning, including improving how we communicate with you. Please share comments and suggestions with our team or visit our EDweb page here.

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