It was announced on September 9th that Accenture Federal Services has delivered its Grantor Management System to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This system supports the end-to-end grants lifecycle; from application, through award, monitoring and closeout. The Grantor Management program has resulted in automated review and approval processes, it has reduced the need for manual data entry and it helps to ensure that all grants and financial documents meet the compliance and regulatory requirements.
The Grantor Management System builds on the capabilities of the existing Financial Management Modernization Initiative which is a consolidation of the agency’s 17 individual financial systems. It is estimated that the Grantor Management System will track more than $80 billion in grants funding.
Elaine Beeman, who leads Accenture’s work in civilian agencies had this to say, “This system is more than just technology to track grand dollars. It is part of the department’s ongoing commitment to its clients and stakeholders to truly modernize and better support its mission in rural and urban communities across the country.”
The Grantor Management program has enjoyed several successes, some of which are; improved process efficiency, enhanced financial integrity, it has been implemented across multiple agencies and it has addressed customer service.
Jon Holladay, USDA CFO, said, “Together we have developed a strong partnership focused on transforming financial and grants management at USDA. Now we have better data to improve decisions, reduce costs and evaluate performance within the department. These projects are complex, but our successful experience has provided the foundation for USDA to offer financial and grants management services to other federal agencies to support their business needs.”
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