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Labor gets TMF funding to upgrade data management, analytics

The Department of Labor is using $9.6 million from recently expanded Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) to upgrade its enterprise data infrastructure.

The new project will improve the availability of the agency's data by boosting operational efficiency and public services so that federal agencies and other data consumers can access information more easily.

The Labor Department will use the funding to enable an evidence-based decision-making approach across enforcement, compliance unemployment insurance and other agency mission areas, the General Services Administration said in its announcement.

The proposed project will incorporate enterprise-standard predictive analytics and reporting capabilities into the department’s IT platform, implement enterprise data management and support an application programming interface and public-facing data portal to transform how the Labor Department shares data. “By the end of this project, DOL will unlock the department’s enterprise data sources, create data management capacity, and ensure timely delivery of appropriate information to the right DOL staff and customers in a secure manner,” according to the TMF website.

The Labor Department was awarded TMF funding in 2018 to streamline a work visa application process from paper-based to digital, resulting in savings of $2 million per year.

IT modernization projects like this have the potential to help address larger, societal issues from the climate crisis to the pandemic, acting GSA Administrator Katy Kale said.

A version of this article was first posted to FCW, a sibling site to GCN.

About the Author

Natalie Alms is a staff writer at FCW covering the federal workforce. She is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University and has written for the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. Connect with Natalie on Twitter at @AlmsNatalie.

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