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The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), Workers Compensation Division has spent the last two years preparing to undergo a comprehensive digitization project. This project is being completed in two phases: planning (DigiComp) and implementation. DigiComp, the planning phase, was completed in October of 2016 with the selection and hiring of a vendor, CapTech Ventures, Inc., to build the new workers compensation system. Continue to monitor this webpage for updates.

OSCAR Update – April 2017

On April 1, 2017, the OSCAR Project moved into the 2nd Phase, implementation, which is expected to continue through Aug. 31, 2018. During the implementation phase, CapTech and WorkComp Strategies’ staff will be defining detailed acceptance criteria, creating the User Experiences (UX) and User Interactions (UI) in the system, performing development and functional testing. The staff will also complete 14 tracks of user stories and train Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) developers.

KDOL staff continues to review and provide feedback on drafts and documents from CapTech. Meetings continue with the exchange of information and requirements between the venders and the subject matter experts (SMEs). Wayne Dirks replaced Jerry Deutschendorf on the OSCAR Supervising Steering Committee. The OSCAR SharePoint which is a secure place to store, organize and share information about the project has been developed and released for the Workers Compensation staff to utilize.

Project Lorax, which is a scanning project associated with OSCAR, is proceeding at maximum levels. The project’s name comes from The Lorax which is a Dr. Seuss children’s book that chronicles the plight of the environment which includes a figure called the Lorax that “speaks for the trees”. Several staff members from various departments have been working to prep dockets, add divider sheets and box the files that are no longer active from 2011 and 2012 so they may be scanned. The dockets will be scanned by BTCO, Inc. in the next few months. BTCO is a digital document imaging company in Wichita, Kan. The documents digital images will be uploaded to OSCAR. This will allow staff to review dockets while working in OSCAR. Once the non-active files from 2011 and 2012 have been scanned and reviewed, staff will continue the project and begin preparation of the 2013 dockets that are no longer active.

The OSCAR Communications Team will continue to provide monthly updates of the status of the project and details regarding the new system. We welcome any questions or input, which can be sent to kdol.oscar@ks.gov.