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Monday, April 03, 2006

DHS looks for new financial management plan

"After scrapping a multimillion-dollar initiative for an enterprise financial management system in December 2005, Homeland Security Department officials are trying to develop an alternative plan by this summer.

Eugene Schied, the department's acting chief financial officer, told lawmakers last week that the department is considering several options to replace the failed Electronically Managing Enterprise Resources for Government Efficiency and Effectiveness (EMERGE2) initiative.

At a March 29 joint hearing of subcommittees from the Government Reform and Homeland Security committees, Schied said DHS will not invite new bids for EMERGE2.
DHS allowed several agencies, including Customs and Border Protection and the Coast Guard, to upgrade resource management systems while the EMERGE2 project was in development. Schied said those systems have matured.

In the Coast Guard’s case, the agency became a service provider to the Transportation Security Administration, which shifted its management system from the Transportation Department last year. The Office of Management and Budget’s Financial Management Line of Business Center of Excellence offered alternatives, too, he added, all of which makes the original EMERGE2 vision less applicable.

The department expects to present a new plan to its Investment Review Board by May or June, he said."

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