Leveraging the CARES Act for Digital Transformation & IT Modernization
In an era characterized by rapid modernization, increased constituent expectations, shrinking budgets, and unpredictable outside disruptions, local governments’ reliance on arcane paper-based processes drains its scarce resources and limits its ability to effectively serve constituents.
COVID-19 and the required response, had a significant impact on the budgets of local governments which has put a strain on services and staff. However, the $150 billion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security - CARES Act - passed by Congress in March 2020, represents a rare opportunity for local governments to invest in the modernization of IT systems and digital services. These investments solve short term needs such as increasing efficiency and enabling remote work, while simultaneously transforming local governments so that they can thrive in the digital age for decades to come.
Per the terms of the CARES Act, local governments in need of software specifically to be used to help them respond to the COVID-19 health emergency may be eligible for CARES Act reimbursement, as long as the purchase was not accounted for in the municipality’s budget as of March 27, 2020, and the purchase is incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020.