System revamp grounds NASA travel payments

It's a good thing astronauts don't file for mileage expenses while in space. If they did, some wouldn't be able to submit expenses for reimbursement until March 10.

NASA headquarters is implementing a new core financial module of its Integrated Financial Management Program based on software from SAP America Inc. of Newtown Square, Pa.

The agency has suspended travel voucher payments for headquarters employees while specialists install the new software and convert data from legacy systems to the new accounting system.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., already has converted to the new travel reimbursement software.

NASA managers expect to roll out the SAP system across the agency by the end of the year, said Pam Fetters, project manager for travel systems at NASA headquarters.

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