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Small and Large Contractors Needed for HUD IT Modernization Efforts

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Budgetary pressure is a major challenge to the IT modernization efforts of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), noted director of Innovation and Open Government Stan Buch at a Deltek Federal Executive Breakfast in McLean, Va., on March 22. Deltek analyst Douglas West pointed out that despite a dip in HUD’s overall IT budget from $489.4 million to $392.2 million from fiscal year (FY) 2012 to FY 2103, opportunities are growing within the department through increased efforts to modernize legacy systems and adopt leading-edge technologies — along with the transition from the HUD IT Services (HITS) acquisition strategy to HUDNet.

Buch outlined the efforts at modernization and adopting leading-edge technologies:

  • Federal Housing Administration Transformation Initiative – Giving the agency newer, better, cheaper and more flexible tools to respond rapidly to changing market conditions, prudently manage credit risk at both the portfolio and loan level and detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse
  • Next Generation Voucher Management System – Department-wide reengineering of the current voucher management business models and processes to create a uniform funding mechanism, governed by one set of rules and regulations, that will expand the supply of affordable rental homes where most needed
  • Place-Based Performance Management System – Presenting dynamic views by place, time and program of HUD’s progress towards the strategic goals integrating data from across program systems using business intelligence and geospatial tools
  • Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) – Automating approximately $4 billion in homeless assistance and community development competitive grants with electronic collaborative applicant registration, web-based intake of 7,000+ applications across multiple programs and web-based review and award
  • Big Data – Figuring out how to deal with all of the information gleaned to find new insights, and how to integrate those insights into existing systems and technology
  • Supporting “Millennials” – Efforts such as creating the HUDConnect social networking platform and allowing for work to be done on personal devices

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