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Monday, August 28, 2006

USDA seeks replacement for aging financial management system

The Agriculture Department’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer has issued a request for proposals for modernizing its aging financial management system. Currently, the office is in charge of the biweekly payroll for one-third of all federal employees.

The RFP calls for a replacement of its current corporate financial system, Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), a customized version of CGI Group’s mainframe Federal Financial System.

In addition to the new system, the USDA stipulates that the solution must be implemented at a USDA-specified hosting site, federal or commercial. In an amendment to the RFP, the department stated it was no longer incorporating hosting services into the solicitation. A separate RFP for hosting services will be issued in the future. Additionally, the USDA requires that help-desk capabilities reside within the United States.

Presently, FFIS has an estimated terabyte of stored data. The estimated growth rate from the 29 USDA agencies and offices is estimated at 10G to 20G per month.

The current plan for the system set by the USDA calls for the institution of the system over a five-year period and an operations and maintenance program over the following five years.

Responses to the RFP, published on the FedBizOpps Web site, are due to the USDA Dec. 15.

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