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General Fund Enterprise Business System

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"You all know that you are the main effort in Afghanistan which is really the main effort in the War on Terror. You all got put into a tough fight and you are carrying a fight to the enemy in a way that I'm sure they never expected…What's happening here right now is going to make a difference in ISAF's main effort and you're on the point."

- Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, at the award ceremony, while speaking to the Strike Soldiers emphasized how the 2nd BCT's operation in Kandahar was positively affecting the International Security Assistance Force's progress in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Casey awards Strike Soldiers

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It's a great feeling to watch us transfer authority from U.S. leadership to Afghan leadership. That was the whole point of the training, that we would be able to train them to the point where their proficiency matched ours and the Afghans could begin instructing their own, allowing us to leave a much smaller footprint here. It's all about equipping the Afghan forces and this ceremony is just one step in the process."

- Sgt. Matthew West, crew chief with Company A, Task Force Knighthawk, 3rd CAB, TF Falcon, who also served as an instructor during one of the Crew Chief Academy classes.

Two academies transfer to Afghan forces

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

Sept 15- Oct 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2010

Energy Awareness Month

Depression Education & Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Oct. 6 & 7: Medal of Honor White House & Pentagon ceremonies for Staff Sgt. Robert Miller

OCt 18- 22: Best Warrior Competition

Oct. 25-31: Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 25-27:
AUSA annual meeting

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Updated on the first of each month: Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

General Fund Enterprise Business System

What is it?

General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software tool built on Systems Applications and Products (SAP) that provide reliable data to better enable the Army leadership (Active, Guard, Reserve) to make decisions in support of the Warfighter. GFEBS supplies previously unavailable real-time financial, asset and real property data information to commanders.

What has the ARNG done?

As of Oct.1, 2010, the ARNG has three States online with GFEBS: Kentucky (Ky.), Idaho and Oklahoma (Okla.) All of our remaining states and territories will go live during fiscal year 2011 (FY11) and all of our appropriations will be flowing through the GFEBS system by year end. The ARNG is continually working with the GFEBS program for resolution on other stakeholder issues. Every state and territory spent a week this summer in Orlando mapping out their end users in the new system. The projected end user total for the ARNG is 15,000, approximately 250-500 per state.

What continuing efforts does the ARNG have planned?

Kentucky and Oklahoma are currently piloting solutions to the payment certification requirements for the ARNG (32 USC 708 - Certifying Officers' Legislation (COL)). ARNG leadership meets regularly with members of the GFEBS Project Office and other teams (e.g., DFAS) to ensure all requirements are addressed for each stakeholder.

The ARNG will start mandatory computer based/instructor led training six months before go-live. All end users have a minimum training requirement to be "provisioned." Provisioning is a new term/requirement in an ERP environment that will affect how we manage our full-time work force movements in the future.

Why is this important to the Army?

The system will have capabilities to collect costs down to the lowest level allowing us to better track and identify any efficiencies that can be exploited in the Guard to achieve the goals and initiatives of the Secretary of Defense. The GFEBS system is auditable (Government Accountability Project (GAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and Standard Financial Information Structure (SFIS)) like no accounting system we have had to date. It is a fully open system that allows transparency across all three components for better visibility and in turn better accountability of our funds. The additional cost accounting module will allow us to do managerial accounting in conjunction with financial accounting. The system will bring our process in line with commercial best business practices and into the 21st century.

Resources:

GFEBS website

Kentucky Army National Guard

Oklahoma Army National Guard

Army National Guard

GKO log on required: GFEBS on Guard Knowledge Online

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