April 2, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a major contract to improve the delivery of agricultural services and benefits to producers by using modern, secure and reliable technology. The Application Transformation and Modernization (ATM) System Integrator Blanket Purchase Agreement contract was awarded to SRA International of Fairfax, Va.
"USDA is committed to improving service delivery and addressing outdated technology issues to meet the needs of our customers," said Vilsack. "We also must provide our dedicated state and county office employees with the tools, information and training to administer Farm Service Agency (FSA) farm programs. This contract award is a major step toward reaching these goals."
As part of the cultural transformation of USDA, FSA will be one of the first agencies to use the ATM Blanket Purchase Agreement to support the implementation and development of the Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems (MIDAS) Project. The FSA MIDAS Project is a priority modernization effort that will transform the way FSA delivers farm program services and benefits to producers, farmers and ranchers through more than 2,200 offices throughout the United States.