DOD's financial architecture gets a new name

The Defense Department's Financial Management Modernization Program office yesterday became the Business Management Modernization Program office. And DOD's financial management architecture is now the business enterprise architecture.

The name change more accurately represents what the office does, said Catherine Santana, the office's deputy director for enterprise architecture. The renaming decision came from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and comptroller Dov Zakheim, Santana said.

'The name now clearly indicates the true scope of the enterprise,' Santana said. 'It was done for clarity. It's not a debit program. It's not an accounting program. It transforms business operations.'

Last month, DOD unveiled a plan to whittle its more than 2,200 financial systems for an enterprise architecture being developed by IBM Corp. The architecture identifies the business rules as well as the technology needed for a departmentwide financial infrastructure, Santana said.

The financial framework has seven business areas: acquisition, accounting and financial management, environmental liabilities, logistics, personnel and readiness, program and budget, and technology infrastructure and real property. A domain owner will manage each business area, Santana said.

The domain owners will review the finished architectural blueprint and decide which parts each will undertake. By the middle of this month the domain owners will present their pilot proposals.

Version 1 of the financial management enterprise architecture is posted online, at www.dod.mil/comptroller/bmmp.

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