Unified Financial Management System, Accounting Operations, and Automating Administrative Systems
Unified Financial Management System (UFMS). UFMS is being implemented to replace five legacy accounting systems currently used across the Operating Divisions (Agencies). The UFMS will integrate the Department's financial management structure and provide HHS leaders with a more timely and coordinated view of critical financial management information. The system will also facilitate shared services among the Agencies and thereby, help management reduce substantially the cost of providing accounting service throughout HHS. Similarly, UFMS, by generating timely, reliable and consistent financial information, will enable the component agencies and program administrators to make more timely and informed decisions regarding their operations. UFMS has reached a major milestone in April 2005 with the move to production for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA's FY 2007 budget includes $2,328,000 for this purpose.
Accounting Operations. Operations and Maintenance (O & M) activities for UFMS commenced in FY 05. The Program Support Center will provide the O & M activities needed to support UFMS. The scope of O & M services includes post deployment support and ongoing business and technical operations services. Post deployment services include supplemental functional support, training, change management and technical help desk services. On going business operation services involve core functional support, training and communications, and help desk services. On going technical services include the operations and maintenance of the UFMS production and development environments, on going development support, and backup and disaster recovery services. FDA's FY 2007 budget includes $3,163,000 for this purpose.
Automating Administrative Activities. HHS agencies have been working to implement automated solutions for a wide range of administrative activities. As UFMS development and implementation move toward completion, there are added opportunities to improve efficiency through automating the transfer of information from administrative systems to the accounting system. FDA's FY 2007 budget includes $1,482,000 to support coordinated development of these improved automated linkages and administrative systems.