The latest round of funding under the Technology Management Fund will consist of $14 million to AmeriCorps, $7.2 million to the Labor Department and $5.6 million to USAID for customer service improvements, the board overseeing that fund has said.
AmeriCorps will replace a 20-year-old grant management system that “is no longer fit for its purpose and restricts AmeriCorps’ ability to meet its mission, keep pace with the current grant-making standards and technical needs, and appropriately steward agency resources,” an announcement said. It is to be replaced with “a modern platform that allows the agency and its partners to better focus their efforts on improving the communities they serve.”
The funding for Labor will go toward making it easier for employers to access its permanent labor certification services and “create a more seamless immigrant visa processing experience,” it said.
At USAID funds will go toward “consolidating identities, modernizing authentication, providing password-less technology, and expanding the agency’s secure work for “anytime, anywhere” access,” it said.
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to help agencies in their IT modernization efforts, for example by making available enough money at one time to replace outdated systems rather than amounts sufficient only to keep them operating.
However, a GAO report earlier this year said that while agencies receiving funding for IT projects from the fund are to reimburse the fund for savings they achieve, that generally hasn’t happened with the projects funded to date.