COVID-19 Stimulus Packages – Technology Funds

IT-related provisions of the latest $1.9 trillion and $900 billion stimulus packages

SHI is ready to help your organization leverage stimulus funds to move up timelines on planned initiatives, pursue initiatives that didn’t previously fit into your budget, or address outstanding needs due to COVID-19 disruptions.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – H.R. 1319

$2 billion – Department of Labor (Updated 9/2021)

To modernize unemployment insurance via funding designed to prevent and detect fraud, promote equitable access, ensure timely payment of benefits, and reduce backlogs.

  • $140 million – ARPA Fraud Grants
    Funding will be awarded to states for fraud prevention measures, including identity verification, data analytics, and cybersecurity.
  • $260 million – Equity Grants
    Funding will be awarded to improve claimant outreach and customer service, reduce backlog, and improve access for lower-income claimants.
  • $100 million – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
    Both programs were created by the CARES Act and are receiving unspent CARES Act funds to combat fraud and implement security measures beyond the expiration of benefits.

Additional assistance from the Department of Labor will include:

  • Direct technical assistance via tiger teams.
    Multi-disciplinary teams of specialists will deploy to states to conduct assessments, provide resources for identity verification, and propose solutions to address fraud, eliminate backlogs, and promote equitable access.
  • Tools to address immediate fraud concerns.
    DOL issued a blanket purchase agreement to work with three vendors—LexisNexis, TransUnion, and V3Gate partnering with ID.Me—to employ crossmatching technology to verify applicant identities and identify suspicious attributes after claims are filed.
  • Modernizing antiquated IT.
    DOL has partnered with the U.S. Digital Service to start centrally developing open, modular technology solutions that states may adopt as part of ongoing modernization and improvement efforts.
  • Promoting timeliness and equity and fighting fraud.
    $700 million in grants available to states to promote equity and fight fraud. These grants will be designed to help states improve their UI systems to ensure benefits go to workers who need them.

$5 billion - US Department of Education: Hardest Hit Ed Fund – Governors (GEER)

  • To support educational programs and the learning needs of students significantly impacted by COVID-19, whether K-12, higher education, or early childhood education programs

$20 billion - US Department of Transportation; State DOTs

  • Prevent cutting routes; maintenance

$1 billion - Technology Management Fund (TMF) - Managed by GSA / OMB

  • Working capital fund to supplement IT modernization / cross-functional IT reforms

$650,000,000 - US Department of Homeland Security - CISA

  • Cybersecurity risk mitigation

$200,000,000 - US Digital Service - Office of Management and Budget

  • IT consultation services to federal agencies

$150,000,000 - General Services Administration (GSA) - Federal Citizen Services Fund

  • Disseminating Federal Government information to the public and for other related purposes

$350 billion - States, Local Governments, Territories, and Tribes

  • $195.3 billion to states and the District of Columbia - every state receives at least $500 million
  • $130.2 billion to local governments, divided evenly between cities and counties
  • $4.5 billion to territories, with $2.25 billion divided equally and $2.25 billion based on population
  • $20 billion to federally recognized Tribal governments, with $1 billion divided equally and $19 billion divided as determined by the Secretary of the Treasury

$130 billion - US Department of Education: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)

  • Grants will be made to state educational agencies (SEA), with 90 percent allocated to local educational agencies (LEA), to be made in accordance with the same terms and conditions applicable to funds provided in fiscal year 2021 for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF) of the Education Stabilization Fund (outlined under H.R. 133 below)

$35 billion - US Department of Education: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

  • Grants to institutions of higher education to be made in accordance with same terms and conditions applicable to funds provided in fiscal year 2021 (outlined under H.R. 133 below)

$850 million - US Department of Education: Bureau of Indian Education - Tribal Schools

  • Grants to Bureau of Indian Education-operated and funded elementary and secondary schools and Tribal Colleges or Universities

$135,000,000 - US Department of Education: National Endowment for the Arts

  • Forty percent of funds reserved for grants to state art agencies and regional art organizations, and sixty percent of funds reserved for direct grants that support organizations’ programming and general operating expenses

$135,000,000 - US Department of Education: National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Forty percent of funds reserved for grants to state humanities councils, and sixty percent of funds reserved for direct grants that support humanities organizations’ programming and general operating expenses

$200,000,000 - US Department of Education: Library Service and Technology Act

  • As authorized under Subtitle B of the Museum and Library Services Act with a minimum allocation of $2 million for each state

$7.5 billion - US Department of Health and Human Services

  • The use of supplemental funds from the US Treasury, the Secretary of HHS in coordination with the Director of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will provide technical assistance, guidance and support of vaccine distribution
  • Use of funds defined in the law includes information technology, data and reporting enhancements, including improvements necessary to support sharing of data and enhancements to information systems

$100 million - US Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Funding for investments in information technology systems to support the acceleration of VA’s supply chain modernization efforts

$21.2 million - US Department of Transportation – Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General (OIG)

  • Funding to supplement existing resources devoted to operations and improvements for the Information Technology Investment Initiatives of the Railroad Retirement Board

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act – H.R. 133.

$73 billion - Department of Health and Human Services

  • $8.75 billion to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – for federal, state, local, territorial and tribal public health agencies
  • $22.945 billion to Assistant Secretary for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response
  • $19.695 billion to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for manufacturing and procurement of vaccines
  • $25.4 billion to Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund – for testing and contact tracing to effectively monitor and suppress COVID-19
  • $3 billion in additional grants for hospital and health care providers, to be reimbursed for health care related expenses

$82 billion - Department of Education - Education Stabilization Fund

  • Educational needs of states, school districts and higher education institutions, and the students they serve

$54.3 billion - Department of Education - Elementary, Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund

  • School facilities repairs and improvements, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems projects
  • Addressing learning loss among students, including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care

$4.1 billion - Department of Education - Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

  • $2.75 billion for Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools grants

$22.7 billion - Department of Education - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

  • $20.2 billion for public and private, nonprofit institutions of higher education, including those that serve students enrolled exclusively in distance education
  • $1.7 billion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and certain other institutions
  • $113 million for institutions of higher education with unmet needs

Department of Transportation - FAA, State DoT

  • FAA, Grants-in-Aid for Airports – $2 billion in grants for the operations and personnel cost of airports, including economic relief for retailers at the airports and for assistance to communities with small airports
  • Highways – $10 billion to support State Departments of Transportation and certain local transportation agencies

$11.2 billion – Department of Agriculture

  • Funding made available to the Office of the Secretary to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus by providing support, including technology, to agricultural producers, growers, and processors
  • $5 million for technical support to USDA in expanding the SNAP online purchasing program, including for farmers markets and direct marketing farmers, and for supporting mobile payment technologies and the electronic benefit transfer system

Miscellaneous Broadband Internet Access Service Provisions

FCC – Expands eligibility for the Secure and Trusted Reimbursement Program at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that compensates providers for the cost of removing and replacing certain unsecure equipment from their networks. It also ensures that smaller providers and public or private educational institutions are prioritized for such reimbursements.

Commerce – NTIA – Establishes an Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to focus on broadband access and adoption at Historically Black colleges or universities, Tribal colleges and universities, and other Minority-serving institutions, including the students, faculty, and staff of such institutions and their surrounding communities.

FCC – Appropriates an additional $250 million to the FCC for its COVID-19 Telehealth Program authorized under the CARES Act.

Commerce – NTIA – Establishes two grant programs:

  • Grant A – To support broadband connectivity on tribal lands throughout the country.
  • Grant B – A $300 million broadband deployment program to support broadband infrastructure deployment in areas lacking broadband, especially rural areas.

FCC – Appropriates $65 million to the FCC to create broadband data maps required under the Broadband DATA Act. It also appropriates $1.9 billion for the FCC’s Secure and Trusted Reimbursement Program.

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