By Darrin Watkins
The MIDAS team launched a MIDAS Community on USDA Connect in early October to facilitate efficient access to files and project updates for all FSA employees. With over 12,000 FSA employees added, the MIDAS Community became the largest community to date on USDA Connect.
USDA Connect is a Web tool that allows users to have on-demand access to important materials and gives users a restricted community for files and discussions without having to be behind the USDA firewall. To access USDA Connect, a user only needs their eAuthentication credentials (Level II access) and an internet connection.
USDA Connect has an innovative design that encourages employees to engage with each other in a way that is different than traditional email. USDA Connect increases productivity by making up-to-date information and resources available any time. The ability to personalize profiles helps add a face to employees that may have only interacted by phone or email.
The MIDAS USDA Connect Community has a variety of sub-communities that share information, such as the Foundational Learning sessions, and provide collaborative space for a variety of MIDAS groups, such as the Change Agent Network. As the MIDAS project continues to evolve and build toward Go-Live, so will the MIDAS Community on USDA Connect. Check the MIDAS community and sub-communities on USDA Connect MIDAS Community often for updates. To review how to access the USDA Connect MIDAS Community, read Notice MIDAS 1.