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HUD Receives Technology Innovation Award

On Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received the 019 Federal Information Technology Innovation Award from Microstrategy. HUD received the award for its Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) modernized Grants Dashboard.

Steven W. Rawlinson, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development for CPD, and Maribel Gatica, Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for CPD, received the award on behalf of HUD at MicroStrategy’s Federal IT Summit in Washington, D.C.

“It is a great honor to receive MicroStrategy’s 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award. We have made it a priority to modernize our systems to improve the way HUD does business,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “We still have work to do until all of HUD’s systems are up to date, but this award shows that our efforts are paying dividends and the results have made HUD a stronger, more nimble agency.”

CPD’s Dashboard provides funding information for each city and state that receives CPD program funds, in a place-based format. The Dashboard details the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities. HUD notes that before modernizing the Grants Dashboard, it relied on manual reports that could not efficiently drive critical decisions or provide oversight into all grant programs.

“We are incredibly proud to recognize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award for their exemplary use of analytics to achieve significant ROI and operational efficiencies,” said Michael J. Saylor, CEO,  MicroStrategy Incorporated. “Their CPD Grants Dashboard showcases an innovative enterprise analytics solution while serving as a blueprint for digital transformation initiatives across the federal government.”

Secretary Carson discussed technology development in the housing industry at HUD’s "Innovative Housing Showcase," co-hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

"It's important we highlight these new building technologies that are answering the call for more affordable, durable housing options for families across America," said Secretary Carson.

About Author: Seth Welborn

Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer.
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