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FDA wants to upgrade ethics filing platform

NOTE: This story first appeared on FCW.com.

The Food and Drug Administration wants to modernize the way its employees file records to comply with federal and department ethics rules and regulations.

In a Feb. 3 request for information, the FDA said it wants an electronic, possibly cloud-based, system to replace its cumbersome document-heavy ethics filing process that supports 18,000 employees across the agency’s eight subcomponent offices.

According to the RFI, the FDA’s Office of Ethics and Integrity’s automated “Ethics E-Filing System,” will help employees and managers keep track of the reporting documents they’re required to file to ensure compliance with applicable ethics laws -- from requests to participate in outside activities to financial disclosure. It currently uses five forms to monitor employees’ compliance, but tracking all those forms across multiple systems manually “has proven to be a difficult task,” the RFI said.

The current systems, said the office, offer uneven support for those forms and cannot be integrated with its internal management systems such as its Enterprise Administrative Support Environment, making reconciling employees’ data across systems problematic.

The agency wants responses from possible bidders by Feb. 14.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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