PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Beginning Oct. 1 those who submit and approve purchase requests at the Presidio of Monterey and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center will log on to a new system.

The General Funds Enterprise Business System, a web-enabled system will allow the Army to share its financial data service-wide.

Transition to the system was mandatory in accordance with a directive by the Department of the Army, said Travis Reid, budget officer of the PresidioAca,!a,,cs Resource Management Office.

Aca,!A"The full scope of GFEBS is to link an estimated 79,000 users at nearly 200 Army financial installations,Aca,!A? Reid said. Aca,!A"By 2012, which is the target year for full implementation, GFEBS will be one of the worldAca,!a,,cs largest enterprise financial systems.Aca,!A?

In October 2008 Fort Jackson, S.C., became the first installation to implement GFEBS.

In addition to purchase requests and approvals, GFEBS will track:
Aca,!Acmanagement of resources (by budgeting and accounting personnel)
Aca,!Acmanagement of property, plant and equipment
Aca,!Acinstallation operations costs

Reid, who served as the PresidioAca,!a,,cs GFEBS transition coordinator, said training for using GFEBS began at the Presidio on June 28 for 83 members of the Presidio of Monterey Garrison and 48 members of DLIFLC who would likely make use of the system. Some of the training courses were instructor-led and additional courses were available on-line. Enrollees were trained at varying levels according to their potential involvement in GFEBS.

Aca,!A"Enrollees who will need detailed knowledge of GFEBS were trained at the highest level, which meant they completed three to eight instructor-led courses and 12 to 30 online courses,Aca,!A? Reid said. Aca,!A"Enrollees who will need the least detailed knowledge of the system completed at least five online courses.Aca,!A?

The design and development of course materials for both classroom and online use was undertaken at the GFEBS Project Office in Kingstowne, Va., beginning in 2005. Instructors who led GFEBS courses at the Presidio were contracted.

Among instructor-led courses were:
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Budget Planning and ProgrammingAca,!A?
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Introduction to Real PropertyAca,!A?
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Project Systems Planning and ExecutionAca,!A?
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Create and Maintain OrdersAca,!A?
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Annual PlanningAca,!A?

Among online courses were:
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Financial Process OverviewAca,!A?
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Introduction to FinancialsAca,!A?
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Financial ReportingAca,!A?
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Cash BalancingAca,!A?
Aca,!AcAca,!A"Debt ManagementAca,!A?

Reid said instructor-led training at the Presidio continued through Aug. 20. Online instruction will remain available to Presidio personnel who need it. Instructor-led courses will not be resumed at the Presidio and will be available only at the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Financial Management School at Fort Jackson starting in 2012.

Questions and concerns about GFEBS implementation by the Presidio of Monterey Garrison may be addressed to Travis Reid at 831-242-7833. Questions and concerns about GFEBS implementation by DLIFLC may be addressed to Gena Hassan at 831-242-7081.