U.S. General Services Administration Retires Legacy Billing System
WASHINGTON — Today, as part of the effort to modernize outdated IT systems at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Chief Information Officer David Shive announced the decommissioning of the National Electronic Accounting and Reporting (NEAR) system. Pegasys, the modernized core financial system in use at GSA, will now handle NEAR's accounts receivable and billing functionality.
The decommissioning is a key part of GSA’s plan to use increasingly secure, modernized information technology delivered in an incremental, agile manner. “GSA is committed to ensuring that our financial processes are standardized, unified, and efficient and that the systems that enable these processes are delivered in the most efficient and cost-effective way,” said Shive. “Decommissioning NEAR is a natural outcome of GSA’s focus on replacing antiquated systems with secure, modern, and customer-oriented systems.” This initiative will enable GSA to offset over $7 million in annual financial systems costs.
Pegasys, formerly managed by GSA, is now managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Michael Clanton, USDA Associate Chief Financial Officer, also recognizes the retirement of NEAR.“GSA began a multi-year effort to integrate accounts receivable and billing with the modern core financial system, Pegasys. The decommissioning of NEAR represents the final stage of this effort completed in partnership with USDA. This provides a powerful product for our shared-service customers.”
The incorporation of NEAR’s functionality into Pegasys is an enterprise-wide effort under the Billing and Accounts Receivable (BAAR) Project. The BAAR Project combines business process re-engineering with systems modernization efforts to better support GSA’s business strategies and help external customers fulfill their missions. By implementing standardized business processes, systems, and interfaces, the BAAR Project enhances GSA’s focus on operational excellence.
The U.S. General Services Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. government whose mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.