Accessing American Rescue Plan Act Funds to Modernize Your HR Processes



With billions of dollars for states and localities in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), educational institutions have an unprecedented opportunity to transform their entire human resources processes – from recruiting and hiring to onboarding, training, performance management, and more.

In this hourlong webinar, our panelists will outline everything HR leaders need to know about ARPA: what money is available, how to access it, how to prioritize spending and how to write funding proposals.




Rebecca Hunter

former Commissioner, Department of Human Resources, State of Tennessee

Rebecca Hunter served on Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources for eight years. Prior to this appointment, she spent six years as the Director of Human Resources for Hamilton County Government in Chattanooga and held management positions in governmental finance for over 25 years. Rebecca is a Certified Public Accountant and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

During her tenure with State government, Rebecca established the Department of Human Resources as a leader in innovative human resources practices, while developing the best workforce for state government. She led a successful effort to transform the State’s employment practices with the passage of the T.E.A.M. Act, which has moved the State from a focus on seniority to a focus on performance. As a result, all state employees have a S.M.A.R.T. performance plan which aligns their work with the agency goals and the Governor’s priorities.


Paul Raspudic

Strategic Account Manager, NEOGOV

Strategic Account Director at NEOGOV, executing strategic sales of NEOGOV's cloud-based, SaaS platform. Paul works closely with customers to identify their unique challenges in government HR and deliver best-in-class solutions to help revitalize their HR processes


Robert Oglesby

Strategic Advisor, NEOGOV and former Chief Administrative Officer, State of Tennessee

NEOGOV's Strategic Advisor. He assists the company in bringing greater insights and value to their customers and in the development and offering of the company’s research, products, and services. Prior to NEOGOV, Bob served as Tennessee’s Commissioner of General Services (2013-2019). His department was responsible for centralized procurement and management of the state’s fixed assets. Primary services included real estate, procurement, fleet, printing, and postal services.


Alan Cox

Executive Vice President and Publisher, Governing

Alan is involved in the annual production of dozens of events as well as the editorial direction for Governing, Government Technology, Emergency Management, the Center for Digital Government, and the Center for Digital Education. Alan has been a guest lecturer at universities and a frequent speaker for key government and industry organizations. For over 35 years, Alan has worked with industry, education and government officials to help them better understand the importance and use of information technology. Alan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento.


Brenda Decker — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Brenda Decker most recently spent five years with IBM as a Director for Global Government Industry services. Prior to IBM, Brenda served in Nebraska state government for 37 years, 10+ years as the state's chief information officer with responsibility for state government computing, telecommunications, public safety radio, and video conferencing. Her expertise leading, transforming and managing large IT organizations has created high-performing teams and partnered cross functional public and private organizations. Her work has garnered both loca