"The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a new interagency agreement for financial management services with the Interior Department's National Business Center on Tuesday.
The agreement, which was finalized Friday, is worth $11.7 million over six and a half years. That total includes about $1.9 million for conversion to the new system, which should be completed by Sept. 30, 2007, and about $1.9 million in annual costs. Help desk support, accounting operations and systems management also are included in the deal. Interior's business center will use CGI Group Inc.'s Momentum Enterprise Solution package.
The center competed for EEOC's business against two other centers of excellence for financial management, one at the Transportation Department and another at the Treasury Department. The General Services Administration, which also hosts a financial management center of excellence, did not submit a bid. Jeffrey Smith, EEOC's chief financial officer, said the competition was based on technical offerings and price, and Interior's center prevailed partly because it had a track record of providing high-quality service.