DRT Showcases Workforce Automation and RPA Expertise with Wins at USDA’s Bot-A-Thon Technology Competition

DRT innovated and submitted three Robotic Process Automation (RPA) “bots” that automate and amplify workforce productivity to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) first annual Bot-A-Thon challenge.  DRT’s RPA solutions, built using UiPath, solve real-world, mission-critical problems, winning five out of six categories, including Best Mission Impact, Best Workforce Impact, and Best Intelligence. 

Arlington, VA – September 20, 2021 – DRT Strategies, Inc. (DRT), an award-winning technology innovator and leading digital transformation partner to federal agencies for nearly 20 years, announced today that the company achieved wins in five out of six categories in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) first annual Bot-A-Thon technology challenge.  The objective of USDA’s Bot-A-Thon technology challenge was to identify and solve challenges faced by USDA’s customers, workforce, and mission by utilizing intelligent automation.

DRT technology teams supported by DRT’s Idea Lab™ and mentors from USDA and UiPath, designed, built, and submitted three working Robotic Process Automation (RPA) “bots” that dramatically automate and amplify workforce productivity and efficiency.  Specifically, DRT’s winning RPA bots demonstrated the following outcomes:

  • Reporting Bot (Winner: Best Mission Impact, Best Collaboration): Automated previously manual weekly reports to be completed and issued agency-wide:  Savings of 16,744 human work hours per year, totaling an annual savings of $435,344
  • Onboarding Bot (Winner: Best Workforce Impact, Best Reusability): Automated previously manual updating of agency’s Onboarding tracker with 2,400 packages per year: Reduced time by 90% and minimized data entry and data entry errors
  • Chatbot (Winner: Best Intelligence, Best Workforce Impact): Increased accuracy of SAFe information management, standardized information and terminology, increased team productivity, and improved knowledge transfer


“We are thrilled with USDA’s recognition of our RPA and workforce automation capabilities,” commented Susan Kidd, CEO at DRT.

“I’d like to thank USDA for this honor and distinction.  To win in almost all categories of this technology competition is testament to our teams’ immense creativity, customer understanding, and technical expertise.  I am proud of our DRTers who clearly delivered the USDA mission using the power of automation.”

See DRT RPA and Workforce Automation in Action
Agencies can explore and see how RPA can offer business users and technical staff the opportunity to be more productive and efficient by contacting Chris Zeiders, Vice President of Technology at DRT, at czeiders@drtstrategies.com.

About DRT RPA Bots
DRT RPA bots, or just “bots,” are software programs that you set up to do digital work. In effect, they are a Digital Workforce. DRT RPA bots can interact with any system or application the same way a human worker would – except that DRT RPA bots can operate around the clock, nonstop, much faster and with 100% reliability and precision.  Learn more and see what’s possible for your agency at www.drtstrategies.com/rpa.

About DRT’s Idea Lab™
Often our customers need help identifying how to apply emerging technologies to solve their business problems.  DRT’s Idea Lab™ is a dedicated team of talented technologists, computer scientists, and creative thinkers who devise innovative solutions and build prototypes and proofs of concept. Then they demonstrate to our customers how the latest technologies can be leveraged to overcome their challenges.  See what’s possible at www.drtstrategies.com/idea-lab .

About DRT Strategies
DRT Strategies, Inc. (DRT) is an award-winning technology innovator and leading digital transformation partner to large federal agencies and commercial clients for nearly 20 years.  The company is a ServiceNow™ Premier partner, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Consulting Partner, UiPath Partner, SAFe Bronze Partner, and holds ISO 9001:2015, ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018, and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certifications and has achieved CMMI-DEV Level 3.  DRT is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia. More information on the company can be found at www.drtstrategies.com.

DRT Strategies Contact Information

Contact: Clara Hickerson, Vice President, Communications

Email: clara@drtstrategies.com

Phone: (571) 482-2523

Website: www.drtstrategies.com