IBM Helps Arkansas With Real-Time Monitoring Of Stimulus Funds - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Government // Open Government
News
4/29/2009
12:01 PM
50%
50%

IBM Helps Arkansas With Real-Time Monitoring Of Stimulus Funds

The state's Department of Education is on track to receive nearly $570 million in stimulus funds over the next six months.

Arkansas will be the first state to deploy technology to monitor its stimulus spending in real time, IBM said this week.

IBM's Recovery Act Performance technology will track the Natural State's use of grants it receives for education through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It will help Arkansas comply with federal mandates to report spending and analyze the effectiveness of efforts supported by the largest government spending program in decades.

The federal government has mandated that states report their use of funds by late October, and IBM is working with more than 2,000 federal, state, and local agencies to improve financial management systems and business processes. IBM's clients include several large U.S. cities and 31 of the 50 states.

The Arkansas Department of Education is on track to receive nearly $570 million in stimulus funds over the next six months. The money will funnel down through the state's local education agencies to public schools to increase students' academic performance and achievement, provide services that assist students with disabilities and low incomes, build educational facilities, and acquire better technology.

IBM's Web-based tracking tool combines business intelligence and performance management technologies, as well as providing access to financial managers with government expertise. It tracks effectiveness, job creation, and overall success, while helping managers adjust project plans when they appear headed for cost overruns.

"The ability to quickly monitor, control, and report on stimulus grants is critical to generating the most benefit to citizens, and ensuring transparency and accountability," Gerry Mooney, IBM's government general manager, said in a statement. "Advances in financial management technology can play a crucial role in helping governmental organizations manage spending in real time and demonstrate that their programs are having a positive impact in their community."

Local, state, and federal leaders can access the open software and exchange information. They can use the technology to measure spending on services against benchmarks like job creation and job retention, and they can compare programs to other agencies and states.

Arkansas also has launched a Web site to help Arkansans understand where the money is going and how it's spent.


InformationWeek Analytics has published an independent analysis on government IT priorities. Download the report here (registration required).

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
10 Ways to Transition Traditional IT Talent to Cloud Talent
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  11/23/2020
News
What Comes Next for the COVID-19 Computing Consortium
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/24/2020
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Slideshows
Flash Poll