HUD to use e-games to learn business model

The Housing and Urban Development Department seeks information about game-based learning techniques that its Office of Public and Indian Housing can apply to the management of public housing.

HUD is changing its business model for the program from a public housing agency-centric approach to an asset management model, HUD said in a request for information posted March 11 on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. HUD funds 3,100 public housing agencies nationwide that own and operate rental housing for eligible low-income families.

The asset management business model for public housing focuses on project-based funding, accounting, budgeting, management and assessment. The public housing agencies need technical assistance and training to build the knowledge and skills needed to implement and administer the asset management model. Learning takes place in an electronic game environment with user involvement, personalization and problem-solving with rewards for choices or skills.

Some or all of the training for asset management may be appropriate for game-based learning. HUD plans to use the General Services Administration’s Management, Organizational and Business Improvement Services 874.4 schedule, or MOBIS 874.4, so the RFI is aimed only at those vendors. Information is due March 21.

About the Author

Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

Featured

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1996, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

  • Shutterstock image.

    Merged IT modernization bill punts on funding

    A House panel approved a new IT modernization bill that appears poised to pass, but key funding questions are left for appropriators.

  • General Frost

    Army wants cyber capability everywhere

    The Army's cyber director said cyber, electronic warfare and information operations must be integrated into warfighters' doctrine and training.

  • Rising Star 2013

    Meet the 2016 Rising Stars

    FCW honors 30 early-career leaders in federal IT.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group