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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Labor looks to contractor for more help with financial management

The Labor Department plans to award a noncompetitive contract for additional help with its new financial management system to Global Computer Enterprises, a firm already supporting the modern, cloud-like setup that it installed under a $50 million deal last year.

Labor contracting officers intend to enter a fixed-price pact for assistance with Reston, Va.-based GCE, according to a Dec. 30, 2010, notice on the government procurement website FedBizOpps.gov. Industry sources familiar with GCE's original contract suspect Labor might need the vendor's assistance to fix financial management flaws, unrelated to technology, that the department's inspector general flagged in November.

The IG audit identified many material weaknesses in Labor's financial statements as of Sept. 30 2009. Due to its transition to the new system, the department was unable to provide enough information for the IG to evaluate Labor's financial state in 2010, the report added.

More "services are required to meet the ongoing business needs of the government's user base and do not represent a new system or initiative," department officials said in a statement.

Other firms interested in providing the requisite assistance have until Jan. 7 to respond with information about their qualifications, according to the notice. The announcement did not include any other details about the potential deal.

-Aliya Sternstein, NextGov.com

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