In this grants management engagement, Karsun Solutions used DevSecOps best practices, including continuous integration and deployment, to implement a common delivery process allowing agile teams to develop, deploy and deliver business features in 2-week sprints. Combining modern software development and DevSecOps principles with the proprietary GoLean platform the Karsun Solutions DevOps Practice accelerates digital transformation for government agencies with solutions built on AWS. These highly skilled resources deliver superior solutions and architectures to customers at federal agencies.

About the Customer

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Management Modernization (GMM) program owns and operates the GMM Streamlined Platform for Agile Release and Transformation Acceleration (SPARTA) system. Through the development and deployment of the GMM SPARTA system, GMM seeks to streamline grants management across the agency’s 40-plus grant programs through a user-centered, business-driven approach. Grants are the principal funding mechanism FEMA uses to commit and award federal funding to eligible State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, certain private non-profits, individuals, and institutions of higher learning.

The Challenge

FEMA manages over 40+ active grants programs that were developed independently. Enhancements and/or updates to these programs were not coordinated and FEMA was incurring high sustainment costs. FEMA GMM had a business imperative to integrate 40+ active grants programs into a single grants platform that would deliver the full grant lifecycle management and establishment of common business practices and processes.

The Solution

The FEMA GO system was developed and delivered on the AWS cloud to onboard multiple grants programs to the common platform. This system was delivered on the AWS cloud with configurable microservices and components for each grants program.


AWS Services

Other Tools

This solution used EC2, S3, RDS-Postgres, ELB, ALB, CloudWatch, Cloud Search, DynamoDB and Lambda Functions.Karsun experts used Jenkins, Ansible and Artifactory for this solution.

The Result

  • Multiple grants applications under the Assistance for Firefighter Grants (AFG) Program were rolled out into the new FEMA GO system with full grant lifecycle support.
  • Reduced system footprint led to lower Operation and Maintenance costs

About Karsun Solutions

Karsun Solutions modernizes enterprise systems enabling agencies to make the next technological advancement their next opportunity to elevate mission capability. IT solutions from Karsun are tailored to meet agencies’ unique needs and optimize operations. These solutions adapt and stay relevant to current trends while using secure, digital architecture built to last. It is a proven modernization partner whose expertise elevates agency capabilities and ensures every next opportunity is within reach.

FEMA Grants Management Modernization

About the Engagement

Karsun’s technical expertise and innovative solutions address complex challenges facing FEMA. This includes quality management and planning, enterprise data management, solution and enterprise architecture, information delivery, application development, testing, and sustainment efforts.