USDA Contracts to Update FSA System

Upgrade of service delivery and outdated technology.

Published on: Mar 30, 2010
USDA has taken the first step to improve services available through the Farm Service Agency by awarding a Blanket Purchase Agreement designed to support the implementation and development of the Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems Project.  USDA says the FSA MIDAS Project is a priority 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.

In making the announcement, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA is committed to improving service delivery and addressing outdated technology issues to meet the needs of customers, and provide the dedicated state and county office employees with the tools, information and training to administer FSA farm programs. The contract was awarded to
SRA
, International of Fairfax, Va.

While no deadline for completing the needed upgrade was announced, it was pointed out that the purpose of MIDAS is to modernize USDA's delivery of farm benefit programs and services by: 1/ streamlining farm program business processes; 2/ rapidly implementing new farm programs; 3/ moving to modern, reliable technology platforms; and most importantly, 4/ improving access and convenience for producers, ranchers and farmers.