Accenture makes USDA’s Grantor Management program automated

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Accenture Federal Services made the US’s Grantor Management program fully automated, Accenture said Wednesday.

Grants programs helps American agribusiness in export markets, drive research to benefit U.S. farmers and help one in four citizens access nutrition programs.

The Grantor Management program extends the capability of the Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), increases efficiency and improves customer service across a spectrum of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mandates.

FMMI consolidated the agency’s core financial systems and processes, replacing 17 individual financial systems with one, cohesive, software package.

FMMI provides online, real-time transaction capability and access for more than 6,000 users across the department’s 29 agencies and staff offices. USDA expects to save $200 million in financial operations and maintenance costs over a 10-year period.

The Grantor Management program reduces manual data entry, automates the review and approval processes, and helps confirm that all grants and financial documents meet regulatory and compliance requirements.

Currently, the system supports USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service and Food and Nutrition Service. Accenture said two more programs – the National Resources Conservation Service and Agricultural Marketing Services – will come online later.

Accenture Federal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP.  Accenture’s federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations with clients at defense, intelligence, public safety and civilian agencies.

In July, Accenture won a five-year contract from the Department of Health in England and NHS National Services Scotland to deploy cloud-based NHSmail service. Accenture will assist in offering secure communication to users of less secure systems such as non-NHS partners and patients. The IT services deal will benefit almost 700,000 health and care workers across the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Scotland.

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