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General Fund Enterprise Business System

What is it?
The General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) is a web-enabled enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that will allow the U.S. Army to share financial, asset and accounting data across the Service. With over 79,000 end-users at more than 200 Army financial centers around the world, GFEBS will be one of the world’s largest enterprise financial systems, managing around $140 billion in spending by the active Army, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. The system will standardize transactional input and business processes across the Army to enable cost management activities; provide accurate, reliable, and real-time data; and tie budgets to execution. For the first time, the Army will have a single authoritative source for financial and related, non-financial data for its entire General Fund (system of record).

What has the Army done?
The Army and GFEBS program accomplishments:

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
FY2009 Top Three Major Goals:

In addition, GFEBS will complete Release 1.2 training curriculum for 74 courses (~720 hours of instruction) utilizing the Distributed Learning System (DLS) including Digital Training Facilities (DTF) and Army Learning Management System (ALMS); as well as continue critical stakeholder engagement, change management and communications activities.

Why is this important to the Army?
? LTG David Melcher, MilDep for Budget, OASA (FM&C) and GFEBS executive program sponsor stated, “[GFEBS will] move the Army from a spend and consume culture — to a cost and control culture” by providing value-added decision-making support tools. GFEBS benefits the Army by reducing and eliminating waste; reducing variation and improving quality, and complying with regulatory and legislative directives. Specific benefits of the GFEBS enterprise solution include:

  1. Reducing & Eliminating Waste
    • Apply one system to the three components for a single Army view
    • Reduce footprint (logistics) components
    • Decrease training cycle time
    • Eliminate redundant entry and re-working of data in different systems
    • Reduce reconciliations and mitigate risks
  2. Reducing Variation & Improving Quality
    • Maximize standardizations
    • Replace 90 systems with one system
    • Apply web-based Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system
    • Eliminate customized systems
    • Utilize financial trend data
    • Enhance financial transparency and credibility
  3. Complying with Regulatory and Legislative Directives
    • Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 requires Federal agencies to centralize finance systems for better accounting
    • Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA) of 1996 requires accurate, reliable, and timely management information from financial management systems
    • DOD Business Transformation Agency (BTA) initiatives direct the services to field cross-functional and enterprise-wide architectures, systems and data