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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DHS to try again for new financial system

The Homeland Security Department will try for a second time to integrate as many as eight disparate financial management systems.

Each DHS component currently uses different systems that range from in-house developed software to services provided by the Bureau of Public Debt to the Coast Guard's Oracle system to manage their money.

The department says it will issue a request for proposals for the Transformation and Systems Consolidation (TASC) initiative by Sept. 30.

The notice says DHS is looking for an integrated financial management, asset management and acquisition management system as well as program management, change management and integration services.

The contract, which some in industry estimate to be worth about $400 million, is for three years with seven one-year options.

Unlike the first attempt, known as Emerge, the contract asks vendors to submit their best system and does not call for one specific type of product.

DHS tried to issue the RFP for TASC about 6 months ago, but Savantage protested the requirements because they called for a specific type of product.

The Government Accountability Office upheld Savantage's protest and DHS is just releasing the modified RFP in the next week.

Several large financial management systems integrators are interested, vendor sources say. They include: Accenture, CGI, CSC, Deloitte, IBM and Savantage.

Vendor sources say they expect DHS to make a new award by next Spring.

-Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com

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