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UtahGrants Wins Veer Bhartiya Team Impact Award
March 14, 2019
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REI Systems announced the first-ever winner of the Veer Bhartiya Team Impact Award. This internal award honors REI Systems’ founding Chief Executive Veer Bhartiya and his 30-year dedication to advancing the mission of public sector clients through the use of technology.

This award for 2018 calendar year goes to a team that has helped the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) develop a grants management system to facilitate the application, budget, reimbursement processes for federal and state funding for Local Education Agencies (LEAs), Non-profits, Institutes of Higher Education, and other sub-recipients. The REI Systems Team implementing GovGrantsTM helped Utah transition from manual to automated processing of 60,000+ payments valued at $4.5 billion annually across more than 120 separate grant programs. For example, manual entry of the accounting transactions that previously took weeks to process now take less than a day. State employees can spend time supporting LEA success, rather than manually entering, reviewing, and processing documentation. The grants system is now integrated with the State’s financial system, and transparency for USBE program managers, financial operations staff, and sub-recipients is greatly enhanced.

For 2018, the rigorous award process included the nomination of seven REI Systems team projects and solutions to major public sector problems, which were down-selected to three finalists. A panel of independent judges heard presentations and demonstrations of the solution developed by each finalist team. The judges evaluated each solution’s impact on the respective public sector problem and agency mission. REI Systems CEO Shyam Salona said, “We are proud that our teams dedicate such effort to innovation and impact on important public sector missions, helping enable the education of Utah’s children and improving millions of lives through technology.”

The winning REI Systems team implementing UtahGrants was led by Manoranjan Mishra and included Alicia Brown, Brian Mason, Ethan Hotz, Jenata Spencer, Jonathan Chua, Jonathan Liao, Jaipaul Chinthakuntla, Kyle Farrell, Leon Dmello, Mageshwari Jayaraj, Mark Bellinger, Nauman Shahid, Pranay Nagrath, Praveen Singhal, Sai Yerubandi, Shivankar Ojha, Siva Mamidi, Spandana Garikipati, Swati Singh, Vinod Lingampally, and Weike Wu.

The two other finalist teams for the award included:

  • The REI Systems team led by Ankit Mittal in support of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration with the Modern Data Analytics Platform, which won first prize at ACT-IAC’s 2018 Igniting Innovation Awards
  • The REI Systems team led by Heather Morgan and Surya Mantravadi in support of NASA’s Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program.

About GovGrants™

GovGrantsTM is one of several REI Systems grants management solutions, and is built on the Salesforce platform. With GovGrantsTM, organizations can improve grant performance in a matter of months rather than years. In addition to the Utah State Board of Education, REI Systems has implemented GovGrantsTM for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the Texas Veterans Commission, the DC Department of Health, the City of San Diego, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

About REI Systems

Since 1989, REI Systems has sustained decades-long customer relationships, providing technology-driven solutions that impact millions of peoples’ lives. As a mission-first technology solutions provider, we specialize in grant management, analytics, Agile software development, CI/CD, DevSecOps, application modernization, and platform-based solutions. We also provide advice that complements technology, such as strategy, change management, communications, IT investment analysis, and Technology Business Management. Our 500+ employee-owners pride themselves in delivering meaningful and sustainable results that exceed our customers’ expectations.

Learn about opportunities to join the REI Systems team, and make an impact on public sector mission at https://www.reisystems.com/careers/


Jeff Myers
Senior Director