JFMIP looks at needs of nontax revenue systems

Fresh from setting new requirements for systems that handle both acquisition and accounting, the Joint Financial Management Im-provement Program is tackling systems that manage revenue other than income tax.

The final version of the non-tax-systems requirements could be in place by late fall, JFMIP executive director Karen Cleary Alderman said. Comments are due by Sept. 13.

JFMIP isn't evaluating the 'huge, one-of-a-kind system' that the IRS uses to process income taxes, Alderman said. Instead, the JFMIP requirements will apply to agencies that collect fees from the public.

Jo Ellen Cohen, the Customs Service's acting chief financial officer, led the task force that drafted the document. JFMIP is also preparing to update its Framework for Federal Financial Management Systems, adopted in 1995 before the advent of the Clinger-Cohen Act and the federal enterprise architecture program.

Heading the update team are NASA CIO Lee Holcomb and Sky Lesher, the Interior Department's deputy chief financial officer and financial management director.

JFMIP last month completed its Acquisition/Financial Systems Interface Requirements.
'Just think of it as a one-stop-shop reference' for procurement and financial management users, Alderman said.

New distinctions

The requirements are not brand-new, she said, but they now distinguish between mandatory interfaces, which all agencies must use, and value-added requirements mandated by one or more agencies but discretionary for others.

Russ Ashworth, director of the Agriculture Department's Procurement and Property Management Office, led the systems interface requirements team.

Members included Carol Covey, the Defense Department's deputy director of cost, pricing and finance; Lee Lofthus, finance staff director for the Justice Department's management division; Rhea Riso, a Housing and Urban Development Department procurement official; Barbara Diering, special assistant in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy; and Dennis Mitchell of JFMIP.

The requirements document appears at www.jfmip.gov.

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