The General Services Administration (GSA) is the agency responsible for procuring office space, goods and services for U.S. government departments.
The agency plays a crucial role in government operations, both logistically and financially. As a result, GSA processes a large volume of financial transactions every day.
The GSA has a financial system of record with billing and accounts receivable capabilities (BAAR). The BAAR system is used to record, store and present important and Business critical financial information to GSA agency clients.
All systems that interface and provide financial data to BAAR have to follow a specific data exchange specification to provide information in a format that can be consumed by BAAR.
Implementation of this important project was to take place on a hard deadline. When TechFlow was engaged on the project, the GSA wanted three platforms (one modernized platform and two legacy platforms) brought in line with data exchange specification requirements (all at the same time!):
- ASSIST: The centralized acquisition and financial platform for GSA Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS). ASSIST is a modern, web-based system. It provides AAS with mission-critical business functionality.
- Regional Business Applications: A legacy web-based system that facilitates the development of delivery and purchase orders to GSA Regions.
- National Business Applications: A legacy system that handles financial data for GSA AAS and GSA’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM).
Upgrading these systems to meet the BAAR data exchange specification requirements coupled with a hard deadline was a significant technical challenge.
The BAAR standards required changing several key areas of functionality in each of the systems. Further, the project required significant data migration and data cleansing to get the existing data into the BAAR system.