Project Summary

This cross-federal team will pilot a data sharing technology implementation between the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Education/Federal Student Aid in order to automate processes that are currently done manually.

Project Team

Team Members
Jamie Elliott (Project Lead), HRSA
Israil Ali, HRSA
Jeanean Willis-Marsh, HRSA
Renee Wade, U.S. Department of Education
Natalie Grigorian, Sapient Government Services, Contracted

Project Lead’s Supervisor
Michael Arsenault, Deputy Director, Division of Operations, Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA

Technical Advisor
Tyson Weinert, Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Coast Guard


Project Details

The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) within the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) administers four Loan Repayment Programs: The National Health Service Corps, the NURSE Corps, the Students-to-Service Loan Repayment Program, and the Faculty Loan Repayment Program. All programs require that eligible education loans be submitted for review through the HRSA, which houses the Loan Repayment Program online application and review functionalities. Review of loan documents, against information provided by applicants, has proven to be a lengthy, cumbersome task. In 2014, more than 71,000 loan documents were reviewed manually by analysts. However, recent findings suggest that 90% of loans submitted by HRSA were actually administered by the US Department of Education.

This cross-federal team will pilot a data sharing technology implementation between the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Education/Federal Student Aid in order to automate processes that are currently done manually. The long-term vision of this effort is to integrate the National Student Loan Data System with the HRSA Management Information System Solution in order to electronically receive the data needed to verify loan eligibility.


Background

HHS Ignite is an “incubator for new ideas” run out of the HHS IDEA Lab. Selected teams are introduced to startup methodologies for problem identification and project implementation. In the entrepreneurial spirit, Ignite projects are iterative, their impacts measurable, and their solutions scalable. This is one of 11 projects in Ignite’s second round which began on June 9, 2014 and goes until mid-September 2014.