Latest TMF allocations focus on improving services

The grants bring the total number of programs to 29 and the funding commitment to more than $500 million under the TMF, which the agencies are expected to repay. Image: Postmodern Studio/

The final round of funding under the Technology Management Fund will consist of $14 million for AmeriCorps, $7.2 million for the Department of Labor and $5.6 million for USAID for the improvement customer service, said the fund’s board.

AmeriCorps will replace a 20-year-old grants management system that “is no longer fit for purpose and limits AmeriCorps’ ability to fulfill its mission, keep pace with current grantmaking standards and technical needs.” and appropriately manage agency resources,” an announcement said. It is to be replaced with “a modern platform that enables the agency and its partners to better focus their efforts on improving of the communities they serve”.

Labor’s funding will be used to make it easier for employers to access its permanent labor certification services and “create a more seamless immigrant visa processing experience,” he said.

At USAID, the funds will be used to “consolidate identities, modernize authentication, provide passwordless technology, and expand the agency’s secure work for ‘anytime, anywhere’ access”, did he declare.

The grants bring the total number of programs to 29 and the funding commitment to more than $500 million under the TMF, which is designed to help agencies with their IT modernization efforts, such as making available enough one-time money to replace obsolete systems rather than just enough to keep them running.

However, a GAO report earlier this year indicated that while agencies receiving funds for IT projects from the fund must repay the fund for the savings they realize, this has generally not happened with projects funded under this fund. day.

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