CACI nabs DHS financial services deal

The Homeland Security Department has awarded CACI International a $450 million contract to consolidate and integrate the department’s enterprise financial, acquisition and asset management systems, according to a source with the company.

According to the statement of objectives, the Transformation and Systems Consolidation (TASC) contractor will provide integration services and program management support and enterprise applications that to integrate financial, acquisition and asset management processes.

The Resource Management Transformation Office in DHS’ Office of the Chief Financial Officer will serve as the program management office. The transformation office will work in “partnership” with the contractor to analyze and develop solutions to meet the program’s cost and performance requirements, according to the statement of objectives.

“A partnership approach to the relationship should also break down common barriers to government and industry communications and organizational interfaces,” the document states.

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John S. Monroe is the editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Tue, Nov 23, 2010 Peter G. Tuttle, CPCM

I wish I was more optimistic about the chances of TASC's success. Based on the long trail of problems experienced to date on this program, coupled with the apparent disregard for GAO, DHS OIG, industry and Congressional concerns, this monolithic ERP implementation will most likely fail to the detriment of the American taxpayer. In order for TASC to proceed to award, it must have been given the "green light" by OMB's Tech Stat review process. Unfortunately, any OMB approval to proceed on this specific program casts a shadow of doubt on the viability of the Tech Stat program. The bottom-line, however, at least in my opinion, is that by implementing yet another all-encompassing ERP, the federal government is once again limiting its agility, freezing out small business participation and innovation, and locking itself into stale, expensive technology solutions. This seems to be the path of choice for many large IT implementations, despite rhetoric to the contrary. To make a true positive impact in this time of soaring deficits, the Administration really needs to get a handle on this.

Mon, Nov 22, 2010 John Weiler Alexandria VA

I applaud DHS for getting a contract awarded, but warn that the hard part is yet to be done. Having supported Steve Cooper in his attempts to improve DHS IT Acquisition Decision Making and Outcomes, the real hurdles will be in validating requirements and existing investments. As DHS has yet to establish an IT Acquisition Process that addresses the unique challenges of the fast paced IT market, or implemented key tenants of the Clinger Cohen Act, I believe there are some preliminary tasks that could be envisioned to mitigate some of the risks and avoid repeating the patterns of failure experienced by SBInet and eMerge2. The new congress should take a page out of the Armed Services Committee which directed the SecDef to establish a separate IT Acquisition process as one size does not fit all. The IT Acquisition Advisory Council's (IT-AAC) Roadmap for Sustainable IT Acquisition Reform has helped forward thinking leaders from OMB, Congress, and the Secretary of Defense make hard decisions. With any luck, these leaders will reach out to alternative resources and expertise not vested in the current rice bowls. Good luck DHS and CACI. I hope you are able to prove that not all ERP implementation are an automatic failure.

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