Requirements drafted on benefits systems

In addition to the core plan for revising agency financial-management systems, the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) published a draft document detailing proposed requirements for benefits systems last month.

The draft is one of a series of documents spelling out requirements for various aspects of federal financial-management systems.

The benefits systems requirements document, which is available for comment until July 15, covers federal financial systems for benefits that are not healthcare- related. Such programs include retirement, disability and other income protection programs, ranging from Social Security to the Thrift Savings Plan.

"The document addresses the goal of the Chief Financial Officers Council and the JFMIP to improve the efficiency and quality of financial management in the federal government," said Karen Cleary Alderman, JFMIP executive director, in the foreword to the draft.

The document is designed to assist agencies when developing new benefit systems and when improving or evaluating existing benefit systems. It defines the baseline functionality that benefit systems must have in order to support agency missions and comply with laws and regulations.

The full document is available online at JFMIP's Web site at www.jfmip.gov/jfmip.

Under the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996, agencies must produce financial statements that illustrate compliance with federal standards.

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Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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