United States Government Accountability Office Washington, DC 20548
August 10, 2007
The Honorable Tom Carper Chairman Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information,
Federal Services, and International Security Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs United States Senate
Subject: Homeland Security: Responses to Posthearing Questions Related to the Department of Homeland Security’s Integrated Financial Management Systems Challenges
Dear Mr. Chairman:
On June 28, 2007, we testified1 before your subcommittee at a hearing entitled, “Financial Management Systems Modernization at the Department of Homeland Security: Are Missed Opportunities Costing Us Money?” At the hearing, we discussed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) failed efforts to implement the Electronically Managing Enterprise Resources for Government Effectiveness and Efficiency (eMerge2) program that was expected to integrate financial management systems across the entire department. Our testimony and related report2 focused on (1) DHS’s financial management systems modernization efforts, (2) key financial management system transformation challenges, and (3) the four building blocks that form the foundation for successful financial management system implementation efforts.
This letter responds to your July 10, 2007, request for responses to follow-up questions relating to our June 28, 2007, testimony. The responses are based on work associated with previously issued GAO products. Your questions, along with our responses, follow.
1. The Electronically Managing Enterprise Resources for Government Effectiveness and Efficiency (Emerge2) program began in January 2004 to integrate financial management systems across the Department. GAO will testify that the Department could not determine or support the cost of $52 million spent on the Emerge2 project.
1GAO, Homeland Security: Transforming Departmentwide Financial Management Systems Remains a Challenge, GAO-07-1041T (Washington, D.C.: June 28, 2007). 2GAO, Homeland Security: Departmentwide Integrated Financial Management Systems Remain a Challenge, GAO-07-536 (Washington, D.C.: June 21, 2007).
GAO-07-1157R DHS Posthearing Questions