By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.
Accenture Federal Services latest integrated enterprise resource planning system will aid the National Capitol Region Medical Directorate (NCR MD) manage healthcare services for one of the largest military markets in the nation. This part of the Defense Health Agency is the first organization outside of the U.S. Army to fully integrate into the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS). William Loftus, who leads Accenture’s work with the US Army, supplied some email answers to our questions.
Can you supply a brief overview of the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS)?
The General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) streamlines business processes at more than 200 Army bases and offices in 71 countries by creating a single source for financial, real property, cost management and performance data, as well as a core system of record for the Army General Fund.
What’s the new relationship with the National Capitol Region Medical Directorate (NCR
National Capitol Region Medical Directorate (NCR MD), a part of the Defense Health Agency, exercises control over one of the largest military health markets: seven military and joint service military treatment facilities and related facilities that include family health clinics, and subordinate facilities in the region. NCR MD’s focus is to integrate services to provide convenient and accessible healthcare for the area’s military community. NCR MD is the first organization outside the U.S. Army to fully integrate into the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS).
What need is this announcement fulfilling?
Accenture Federal Services has delivered an integrated enterprise resource planning system that will help the NCR MD manage health care services to one of the largest military markets in the nation.
What are the challenges and obstacles?
GFEBS supports one of the Army’s most critical goals: achieving auditability. It is the first Army-wide system to meet and sustain Federal Financial Management Improvement Act compliance, helping the Army standardize and streamline its financial business processes, providing continuous access to accurate, reliable and timely financial information. More than an accounting system, GFEBS is the Army’s new business system. It enables managers to make more informed decisions with the ability to direct the cost, schedule and performance of programs through one, integrated, highly visible system.
What are the other big takeaways?
Streamlined business processes make it easier for officials to access and analyze financial data in real time, giving NCR MD leadership more reliable and readily accessible data for improved decision making. GFEBS also will make it easier for NCR MD to work more closely with business partners including the US Army and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). NCR MD joins a system already preparing for the 2017 Department of Defense audit.
What’s in the future?
· GFEBS will integrate with the Army Contract Writing System providing real-time financial information for procurement for the first time in history.
· The Army is evaluating enabling time and attendance capabilities that will allow the civilian workforce to record their time in GFEBS.
· GFEBS will improve Army decision making by providing greater visibility into the use of Army funds and the corresponding operational performance.
· With GFEBS, Army leaders and managers can make more informed business decisions, better leverage current resources and plan for the future.