Future-proofing our nation’s ability to care for its citizens is a top priority for government agencies. Recent legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic includes provisions and resources for government agencies.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020, in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. See our blog on how to apply for these funds for technology.
On March 11, 2021, Congress passed, and the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319 or ARPA). The $1.9 trillion package intends to address the continued public health and economic impacts of COVID. These funding sources are allocated and available to education, state, county, local, and tribal agencies. The federal government expects to make funding available to local agencies as well.
We entered 2021 with renewed hope and energy. President Biden’s flurry of early executive orders included more than a dozen with specific language related to mechanisms for improving service delivery, which revealed a core area for government tech work. It speaks to a public surge of interest from private-sector technologists working with the federal government.
Many of the provisions are IT-related. Specific sections of the two Acts provide for new or improved broadband access for students to access educational resources, and for citizens to access digital government services. It’s time to future-proof our nation’s ability to care for its citizens.