FEMA wants to award disaster grants faster under this $80M IT contract

Karsun Solutions LLC on Thursday received a five-year, $80-million contract to develop technology to expedite the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s grants process before and after disasters.

The Grants Management Modernization program will use agile development to merge FEMA’s 10 legacy IT systems into a single platform for the agency’s 40-plus grant programs.

Upon completion of the platform—called FEMA Grants Outcomes, or FEMA GO—citizens and first responders will be able to apply for and receive federal disaster and non-disaster grants faster, said Terry Miller, spokesman for Northern Virginia-based Karsun.

“We’re talking about individuals who could be on the ground in a hurricane like Katrina,” Miller said. “You have people definitely hurting on those types of occasions.”