Mission Area Council (MAC)
The purpose of the RPA MAC is to collaborate USDA-wide RPA developments on an every other month cadence. The goal is to discuss high-level business requirements, risk avoidance of out-of-control bot proliferation and ensure pilots and small-scale bot deployments can be effectively scaled across USDA.
This council is an agency-wide bot sharing platform. Many RPA applications, such as HR, financial, and compliance reporting, lend themselves to shared services. The MAC will discuss enterprise RPA Bot solutions that mission areas can leverage economy of scale.
|Mission Area and Agencies||Council Members|
|Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)||
|Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC)
Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Risk Management Agency (RMA)
|Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP)
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
|Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)
Forest Service (FS)
|Research, Education, and Economics (REE)
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Economic Research Service (ERS)
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
|Rural Development (RD)
Rural Business Service
Rural Utilities Service
Rural Housing Service
|Departmental Administration (DA)||Rick Toothman
|Office of Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)||Ron Woody|
|Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)||Carl Mayes
Mohammad Ali Usman
How does the council serve the RPA Community
The MAC collaborates departmental-wide to represent each respective agency’s process automations on a monthly basis. During the roundtable, council member presents their business requirements, risk avoidance, effectively scaling bots across USDA, and other items of interest. For example, RPA applications such as HR, financial and compliance reporting lend themselves to shared services and can significantly reduce repetitive, administrative and transactional workloads. Thereby, reducing time and resources needed.
Enterprise RPAs reduce cost, increase compliance, increase ROI, reduce cycle time, and provide better customer experience, and high scalability within minutes and better-managed capabilities. USDA personnel will be able to focus their attention on other tasks.
Additionally, ‘Bot’ credentialing to ensure agencies can deploy bots to existing IT systems while addressing critical challenges to risk management, privacy, and security.