March 15, 2004

TCG Prepares Agencies for Integration

Agencies get clarity through Readiness Assessment

Washington, D.C., March 15, 2004: Washington-based TCG (Turner Consulting Group), today announced that it is offering Federal agencies a fixed-price analysis of their readiness for integration with, the government-wide grants opportunity gateway. Based on the company’s pioneering, proven integration with the E‑Gov initiative, the Readiness Assessment delivers an action-focused analysis that agencies can use to speed their compliance with OMB’s mandate to document their plan to receive grant applications electronically from by September 1, 2004.

TCG developed USDA’s interface with, and was the test case for system-to-system integration with the Federal grants portal. TCG’s Readiness Assessment applies the lessons learned when TCG developed the software that has enabled USDA be the first agency to integrate with

The assessment is offered either separately or with TCG’s Connector software. This software, available at no cost to Federal agencies, enables agencies to receive grant proposals electronically from into their own grants management systems. When combined with the assessment, the software represents a complete approach for integrating with, and the beginning of the journey towards grants systems consolidation.

“TCG knows how to integrate with better than anyone,” said David G. Cassidy, Vice President at TCG. “Rather than create a stovepipe solution for the widespread requirement of integration, we’ve worked hard to create an approach that any agency can use. The Readiness Assessment delivers the expertise, analysis, and action-focused plan that an agency needs to successfully meet OMB’s mandate.”, one of the Bush administration’s 24 original E‑Gov initiatives, aims to minimize the duplication of effort by government agencies and the public through a one-stop portal for grants information and grant applications. Since October 30, 2003, applicants have been able to find and apply for grant programs from across the Federal government at The program is voluntary for government agencies this year; by October 30, 2004 it will be mandatory.

About TCG
Turner Consulting Group (TCG) ( specializes in delivering grants management solutions to the Federal government.

TCG focuses on helping government agencies use the power of the Internet and the Web to better interact with the public, and to generate internal cost savings and efficiencies. TCG projects have won awards for their groundbreaking achievements, including piloting the first inter-agency grants management system, and creating the first and only inter-agency government system to receive secure information from the general public. That system, Interagency Edison (, was built in 1995 for NIH’s specific needs. Today the system serves the invention and patent reporting requirements of 21 Federal agencies.

TCG was one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the United States, as ranked by Inc. magazine. The firm has been on Washington Technology’s Fast 50.

For more information, contact David G. Cassidy on 202–742-8471 or