Tag Archives: Technology

Guest Column: The checks are not in the mail

This has been a week of bad news, worse news and occasional good news in Oregon government. But instead of recounting all those downs, ups and sideways, let’s check in on a continuing issue: unemployment. Oregon’s unemployment compensation system mirrors the nation’s — a disgrace. Many jobless Oregonians have been waiting for months for promised […]
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Jobless mess hurts workers, economy

Oregonians thrown out of work by coronavirus restrictions and then left without unemployment benefits are paying the price for years of failed leadership from state officials who should have fixed a broken system but didn’t. Those officials include Gov. Kate Brown and her two predecessors, Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber, plus a succession of Oregon […]
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Why Oregon needs to strengthen its semiconductor technology lead – Portland Business Journal

Congress should swiftly enact a sweeping semiconductor bill that keeps America strong in chip technology. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Why Oregon needs to strengthen its semiconductor technology lead – Portland Business Journal

Editorial: Auditors identify significant risks in employment department’s computer upgrade | Opinion |

State auditors were in the middle of an audit of the Employment Department’s computer upgrade when the pandemic hit. Auditors put it on hold. They didn’t want to put more strain on the department as it struggled to handle thousands of unemployment claims. Source: Editorial: Auditors identify significant risks in employment department’s computer upgrade | […]
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Editorial: Tale of a flop at the Oregon Employment Department

The more you know about the failure to update the Oregon Employment Department’s computer system the more frustrating it becomes. It’s had the money. It has lacked the leadership, organizational stability and technical expertise to pull it off. The Employment Department has scrambled to process more than 600,000 unemployment claims since the pandemic hit. It […]
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OED unveils new website to answer questions

The OED said the new website will help answer questions and guide people through the claim process. The Oregon Employment Department has unveiled a new website to help people through the unemployment process during the pandemic. Source: OED unveils new website for unemployment claimes | kgw.com

California begins enforcing broad digital privacy law, despite calls for delay 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Measure took effect in January, with a six-month grace period. California’s privacy law, often called the broadest law […]
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“We were told to lie”: Q&A with State Worker Processing Unemployment Claims

Oregon is in the midst of an unemployment crisis. Not only has COVID-19 forced thousands out of work, but the state’s overburdened employment agency has left many of those Oregonians waiting months for their unemployment benefits to kick in. Source: “We were told to lie”: Q&A with State Worker Processing Unemployment Claims – Blogtown – […]
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Opinion | Can This Thermometer Help America Reopen Safely?

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story directly from the source, state employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800.

Oregon Business – Apartment Owners Adapt to Late Payments, Tech Advances

As residents struggle to pay rent and customers demand virtual tours, leasing agents and smart technology work side by side to make ends meet. Pandemic or not, Oregon remains a state with one of the largest housing shortages in the country. Source: Oregon Business – Apartment Owners Adapt to Late Payments, Tech Advances