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Monday, September 18, 2006

Version 1.0 Migration Planning Guidance Released

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. General Services Administration's Financial Systems Integration Office (FSIO) today released Version 1.0 of the Financial Management Line of Business Migration Planning Guidance (MPG) to improve the cost, quality, and performance of financial management systems. The Guidance is available at http://www.fsio.gov.

The Guidance represents a collaborative effort by FSIO, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Federal financial management community. An essential building block in the Financial Management Line of Business identified in the Presidential Initiative for Financial Management, this Guidance supports the Financial Management Line of Business. This approach leverages shared service providers and implements other government-wide reforms that foster greater efficiencies in Federal financial systems and operations. The release provides performance measures, OMB guidance and other tools that will assist agencies in closing the performance gaps in their core financial system operations.

"The Migration Planning Guidance is an important step toward establishing increased transparency that will foster efficiencies in Federal financial systems and operations," said Daniel I. Werfel, OMB's Deputy Comptroller. Mary Mitchell, GSA's Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Technology Strategy, and FSIO Executive added, "Both agencies and private-sector members of the Federal financial management community contributed to the development of the Guidance, and we encourage the community to continue to submit suggestions and recommendations for further improvements to the Guidance".

Questions about the Migration Planning Guidance should be directed to FSIO@gsa.gov.

GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps Federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.

Source: U.S. General Services Administration"

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