DHS Financial Management: Improved Use of Best Practices Could Help Manage System Modernization Project Risks, Statement of Asif A. Khan, Director, Financial Management and Assurance, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 181KB]

"Chairman Perry, Ranking Member Correa, and Members of the Subcommittee: I am pleased to be here today to discuss the findings from our report being released today on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) recent financial management system modernization efforts. Since DHS's creation in 2003, its ability to manage operations and reasonably assure effective financial management has been hampered by significant internal control and financial management system deficiencies. These deficiencies contributed to our decision to designate DHS's management functions, including financial management, as high risk. In 2013, we reported on challenges related to DHS's previous attempts to implement a department-wide integrated financial management system as well as specific actions and outcomes related to modernizing financial management systems that are critical to addressing high-risk issues. We also reported on the existence of certain material weaknesses that limited DHS's ability to process, store, and report financial data in a manner that ensures accuracy, confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data without substantial manual intervention. DHS subsequently adopted a decentralized approach to upgrade or replace legacy financial management systems and has been evaluating various options for modernizing its systems, including the use of shared service providers (SSP). As part of this effort, DHS initiated the TRIO project, which has focused on migrating the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard), or 'the TRIO components,' to a modernized financial management system solution provided by the Department of the Interior's Interior Business Center (IBC)."

Report Number:GAO-17-803T
Author:Khan, Asif A.
Publisher:United States. Government Accountability Office
Copyright:Public Domain
Retrieved From:Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
Media Type:application/pdf
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