The HighPoint team supporting the Department of State’s grants management line of business are experts in federal financial assistance data, policy, integrations, and governance. With both IT and grants management business and policy subject matter expertise, HighPoint is positioned within the Department of State at the interface of systems design, development, enhancement and modernization (DM&E), operations and maintenance (O&M), systems integrations and assurance, and end user support and training. Managing a variety of policy, business, and data stakeholder equities, our clients rely upon HighPoint to interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with evolving federal government standards, regulations and legislation including the Federal Integrated Business Framework (FIBF) grants management business standards, 2 CFR 200 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards), 18 FAM 300 (Foreign Affairs Strategic Direction and Management), the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA), and the Foreign Assistance Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA). HighPoint leverages this multi-faceted perspective to design insightful and elegant data models and schemas, deliver superior grants analytics solutions, ensure compliance with federally mandated reporting requirements, and respond nimbly to mission-critical, high visibility data calls and taskers.
Whether consulting with Department of State stakeholders to implement key data elements to improve foreign assistance data quality, integrity and availability, establishing data governance protocols for sensitive award reporting in crisis zones such as the Afghanistan withdrawal and Ukraine-Russia conflict, or developing novel methods to query financial management and grants data sets to report on CARES Act funding, HighPoint has unparalleled experience successfully delivering comprehensive data analytics services to our clients. When combined with our customer and quality service focus, HighPoint’s approach ensures that our team always seeks to balance our client’s data quality, integrity, availability, and security goals with pragmatic business solution implementations that prioritize end user and data consumer considerations including appropriate strategies for change management, intuitive user experience design, communications and training.
In support of the State Assistance Management System (SAMS), HighPoint’s efforts have enabled the Department to close the OIG-identified Significant Deficiency in Grants Management IT Systems; assist policy and auditor authorities with monitoring the Department’s award project performance and compliance; migrate tens of thousands of federal award records from paper-to-digital formats and across successive IT platforms built on a variety of technologies; and proactively identify, investigate and remediate data discrepancies on public-facing reporting platforms, among many other accomplishments in our ongoing support for Department of State grants management and modernization initiatives.