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Friday, May 30, 2008

DHS restarts financial system competition

The Homeland Security Department has restarted the procurement process for its planned financial management system consolidation to comply with a decision by the U.S. Federal Claims Court and recommendations from department’s inspector general.

A request for information, issued by DHS on May 29, asks for information on possible solutions from shared service providers along with other qualified commercial and government providers, It reqwuests information on how to transition DHS components from existing financial management systems to an integrated solution.

DHS had come under fire for its decision to limit potential solutions for its systems consolidation that will fuse the department’s financial systems to either Oracle or SAP platforms. The procurement was in the request for proposal phase when Savantage Financial Services, Inc. protested DHS’ decision to limit the potential final platform to one of those two companies.

The new RFI does not preclude SAP or Oracle from competition, rather expands the competition.

-Ben Bain, FCW.com

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