The American Rescue Plan Act (and its Impact on Public Records) Explained
State, local, territorial, and tribal government agencies are facing unprecedented strain in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, and the Federal Government is working tirelessly on the necessary steps to supply these entities with critical funding. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides a substantial infusion of resources to eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to help reverse the negative impacts of the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
ARPA funding builds a bridge toward economic improvement and provides vital support to communities in crisis. With these funds, jurisdictions will be able to strengthen their support for vital public services hampered by the public health crisis, including managing and processing FOIA requests. We’ll explore how to request ARPA resources, using these funds for public records software, and attaining valuable resources to persuade organizational decision-makers that ARPA funds should be used to address challenges with processing public records.
As the honorable Judge Gary Moore, President of the National Association of Counties, pointed out in a recent NACo Membership Call:
“This is a historic moment for states, counties and cities. Ten years from now, you may look back and wonder ‘What did we do with this opportunity? What did we do to make a difference in our [state/county/city]?’”
One investment you can be sure will make a difference for your staff and the citizens, corporations, media, and other governments that you serve will be improving your data-sharing capabilities with GovQA’s public records request processing software. With GovQA’s simplified, scalable, highly secure platform — supported by the GovQA Way proven expertise — you will be modernizing this mission-critical government service to deliver an efficient, uninterrupted response to the growing demand for public records and information — during and post-pandemic.