The Board of the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) awarded $9.6 million in funding to the Department of Labor (DOL) for the agency to modernize its enterprise data infrastructure.

The award is the agency’s second TMF award and the TMF board’s first approval of 2021. The project’s objectives are to modernize DOL’s enterprise data management and analytics to improve critical DOL data availability and accessibility.

“With this first project approval of 2021, the TMF Board is reinforcing its commitment to invest in Federal technology modernization initiatives that enable agencies to better deliver their services to the American public,” deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat, a TMF Board member, said in the award’s announcement.

The project will “incorporate enterprise-standard predictive analytics and reporting capabilities” into DOL’s IT; “implement enterprise data management capabilities;” and “support an application programming interface (API) and public-facing data portal to transform how the DOL shares data, both internally and with the public,” according to the project description.

The award was announced on March 12, on the three-year anniversary of the TMF program. The TMF program recently received a major infusion of Federal funding, with the American Rescue Plan – signed into law on March 11 – appropriating an additional $1 billion in TMF funding.

“Technology is a key enabler for government in providing better services to the American public,” GSA CIO David Shive, another TMF board member, said. “The news of the Technology Modernization Fund getting a $1 billion boost from the American Rescue plan couldn’t have come at a better time, and the TMF Board looks forward to receiving more project proposals like this one from DOL to consider for investment.”

An initial transfer of $2.5 million has been initiated to the agency. To date, the TMF program has awarded 11 modernization projects a total of $125 million in funding.

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Lamar Johnson is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.