RPA Service Models
The USDA RPA program supports two development models: Centralized and Federated.
The Centralized model provides mission areas and agencies with the option to use the USDA RPA CoE Development team to automate the business process.
The Centralized model offers a firm-fixed-price, certified developers, and operation and maintenance for the performance period.
Similarly, the Federated model gives mission areas and agencies the flexibility to use their development team to automate the business process.
Centralized and Federated Model
Centralized Development Model
Using the centralized model, Agencies will engage the RPA CoE Development team to build and install the robot. Centralized development utilizes the existing CoE contract, but will require an update to the DISC business agreement for pass-through development services.
Advantages to the Centralized Development model:
- Certified higher probability of code re-use due to the same DISC contracted vendor performing multiple engagements, resulting in savings and reducing time to production.
- RPA CoE contract modification is the responsibility of the OCIO team. Customers will still need to modify the Inter Agency Agreement with OCIO.
- Development team who are UiPath experts.
Federated Development Model
Using the Federated model, Agencies will engage their own development staff, whether that be an existing team or contracted 3rd party.
Advantages to the Federated Development model:
- Customers control the contract resources directly.
- Flexibility to use trained internal staff, resulting in saving money vs. contracting with a 3rd party vendor.