DHS cancels TASC


The Homeland Security Department has abandoned efforts to implement the departmentwide enterprise resource planning system known as Transformation and Systems Consolidation, said department spokesman Chris Ortman on May 13.

The decision comes almost exactly two months after the Government Accountability Office ruled that DHS improperly gave CACI of Arlington, Va. a $450 million contract to implement TASC.  

DHS has canceled the award and "is considering alternatives to meet revised requirements," Ortman said. Global Computer Enterprises of Reston, Va., filed the protest.

Cancellation of the award marks the second time that a DHS attempt at an enterprisewide ERP for financial management purposes has failed; a previous effort, called eMerge2, ended in 2006.

DHS officials say there will not be a third failure--in part because it has given up on the idea of implementing an integrated financial, acquisition, and asset management enterprise solution. Instead, DHS will consider standing up a core financial system that retains the possibility for integration with other management systems over time, if necessary, says a DHS briefing shared on condition of background.

In the meantime, it will focus on DHS components most in need of a financial system modernization--specifically, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Coast Guard and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

DHS will also not insist on housing new financial systems, whatever they may be, in the DHS enterprise data center. Citing the Office of Management and Budget "cloud first" policy, DHS says it will consider a cloud computing approach.

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