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Open Government

Department of Transportation (DOT) / Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Challenge: 

In support of the Open Government initiative, DOT needed an immediate solution to provide transparency to promote accountability and make information available to citizens about how tax dollars are being spent. Consistent with Recovery Act law and policy, DOT grant recipients are required to disclose information that the public can readily find and use. To meet this requirement, FHWA needed strengthened management control and grant oversight while supporting higher volumes, expanded reporting requirements, and shortened disbursement schedules at reduced costs.

Solution: 

For 8 years INDUS has been supporting FHWA’s Grant programs by providing system integration, software development, information security, and a full range of program management and IT governance services. The Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS) is FHWA's major grants tracking management and Federal-Aid financial system. FMIS is used to deliver over $40 billion dollars annually to the State DOT's for the nations Federal-Aid Interstate Highway System, and tracks authorizations, obligations, apportionments, allocations, and limitation information. INDUS, operating under a very tight deadline, developed, integrated with FMIS, and deployed a relational database management system for the American Recovery and Reconstruction Act (ARRA) projects, an automated tracking and reporting capability, and a web application to automate data submission and reporting by the states and metropolitan planning organizations.

FHWA was the first government agency to meet its ARRA reporting requirements and is being considered as a federal Center of Excellence for Grants Management. INDUS’s work was recognized by the Secretary of Transportation and the Web-based GIS reporting tool for ARRA success was showcased on www.whitehouse.gov.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Challenge: 

EPA needed an easy way to help Americans find local information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States.

Solution: 

INDUS developed an ‘App’ (Device Agnostic Mobile Application) leveraging GPS location based technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to access information about the quality of local water bodies.

www.epa.gov/mywaterway

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Challenge: 

FHWA needed a system to track Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests processing and reporting to Congress. Other agencies within DOT wanted to use FHWA’s system but needed to maintain their autonomy over their FOIA processes.

Solution: 

INDUS developed FOIALOG, a web enabled application that provided uniformity for reporting throughout DOT. FOIALOG was designed to give individual agency users the feeling of accessing “their Agency FOIA system”, and share the various screens with minimum duplication of effort, meeting all requirements for data capturing and reporting.  DOT received an “A” from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.