As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact lives around the globe, the shift to digital transformation of businesses, government entities, schools and daily life activities (online doctor appointments anyone?) has become the new norm. Digital transformation has always been a hot topic amongst leaders, however, COVID-19 catapulted this technological transformation from future thinking to a necessary component of business strategy. As COVID-19 life continues, operations are shifting from crisis response to recovery. In late March, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) was passed by the U.S. Congress.
What is the CARES Act?
The CARES Act is a $2 trillion emergency relief funding package created to provide assistance for American workers, families, small businesses and state, local and tribal governments. In this article, we are focusing on the funds established to support local and state governments, including educational institutions. This portion of the CARES Act package can be used to cover expenses that:
- Are necessary expenditures incurred due to COVID-19
- Were not accounted for in the budget prior to March 27, 2020
- Were incurred between March 1 - December 30, 2020
In total, there are 171 units of local government that are eligible for this funding. The U.S. Treasury lists a few examples of eligible expenditures that can be submitted for payment by government entities and over a trillion dollars have already been paid to states and eligible units of local government.
What are some examples of related technology expenses?
As government facilities began to reopen, local and state governments have been tasked with complying with COVID-19 related public health measures. The CARES Act has provided much needed relief for these organizations to fund the technological improvements needed. For example, as schools reopen in the fall, the need for hardware, software and connectivity to support distance and hybrid learning environments will be necessary to not only comply with the public health measures of COVID-19, but more than likely were not expenses delegated prior to coronavirus. Some other examples of related technology expenses might be:
- Eliminate the expensive, complex and security burden of administering and monitoring on premises servers
- Improving authentication for access to increase security posture and compliance with school or government remote access policies
- Set standard protocols for user authentication and authorization
How can OneLogin help?
OneLogin’s Trusted Experience PlatformTM helps government agencies and educational institutions with the example use cases above and more by securing your remote workforce and user base by building smart, secure and scalable identities. Every IT environment is different and every entity has different needs. Schedule a custom demo today with one of our identity and access management experts (IAM) experts to show you the solution for your specific use case and ensure your digital transformation is set up for success.