AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN AND CARES FUNDS

Future-Proof Government Operations

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.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

Why all this talk about broadband?

It is clear that broadband is just as important as roadways and infrastructure. Quality access to the internet is essential for every family, student, worker, hobbyist, poet, philosopher…and needed to continue improving upon our nation’s strength and leadership. It is incumbent upon local and state agencies to use these funds to meet the rising digital expectations of your citizens for generations to come.

“The push to remote work along with enhanced digital services provide the framework for the future of government. The dollars should be used to bolster what you have, modernize what you need, and kickstart new and different approaches to citizen services.”

Source: GovTech
Technology Funds Are Flowing: Is Government Ready

“Why not invest in virtual restructurings where integration, collaboration, and citizen services could occur in a real 21st-century manner?”

Source: MeriTalk Insights
Technology Modernization Fund: Dreaming & How to Fund IT Fixes Right Now

“It’s not very hard to go online and see a news article about broken insurance sites, vaccine registration, unemployment delivery, etc. The crisis has put a big spotlight on the work that needs to be done at all levels of government.”

– Rachell Dodell, Executive Director, Coding It Forward

WHERE TO START

Future-Proofing does not happen overnight.

It’s a journey, and we are here to serve you throughout the process. Our leadership spends countless hours listening to our clients’ needs to identify the top operational improvements needed among government agencies, K-12, and higher educational institutions. This list is not comprehensive, but it’s a great place to start. Click on the content in the feature boxes below to learn more!

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