USDA streamlines and automates grant management
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- Sep 11, 2015
The Department of Agriculture has automated its grants programs to handle the entire process from application to award, monitoring and closeout. The Grantor Management System will reduce the need for manual data entry, automating review and approval processes and ensuring all grants meet regulatory and compliance requirements.
The system was built by Accenture Federal Services as part of the USDA’s Financial Management Modernization Initiative. FMMI provides real-time transaction capability and access for more than 6,000 users across the department’s 29 agencies and staff offices.
The Grantor Management System already supports the Foreign Agriculture Service and the Food and Nutrition Service, and the National Resources Conservation Service and Agricultural Marketing Services will come online later this year. Through a private cloud, the system will track more than $80 billion in grants once all programs are live. It will also provide the opportunity for other agencies to join the program in the future.
The implementation of the Grantor Management System has already reduced payment processing from more than six weeks down to nearly one week, opened up data showing the exact amount of grants reserved, committed and spent and allowed more than 1,000 users across four agencies to work on a single platform.
The program also plans to provide a self-service grantee portal to enhance customer service.
Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.
Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site. She's also held a communications assistant position with the University of Maryland Office of the Comptroller, and has reported for the American Journalism Review, Capitol File Magazine and DC Magazine.
Ziadeh is a graduate of the University of Maryland where her emphasis was multimedia journalism and French studies.
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