FAA awards HR overhaul

FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center site

A Federal Aviation Administration technical center has awarded KPMG Consulting Inc. a seven-year, $70 million contract for human resources integration systems to be fielded throughout the FAA and potentially other Transportation Department agencies.

The William J. Hughes Technical Center awarded the contract, announced last week. It calls for KPMG Consulting to:

* Provide system integration to configure, install and maintain human resources system modules from Oracle Corp.

* Evaluate current agency business processes in relation to those followed by commercial off-the-shelf products.

* Create interfaces with legacy systems.

The Oracle human resources modules will include Oracle Federal HR Release 11i, Oracle Training Administration Release 11i, and Oracle Time Management Release 11i or a successor.

"This is a major contract award by the technical center," the center's director, Anne Harlan, said in a prepared statement. "It will enhance the efficiency of virtually all aspects of the vast, complex human resources management structure throughout the FAA and entire DOT." Officials at FAA headquarters were unavailable for comment.

According to center officials, the new systems will help the FAA and DOT meet regulatory requirements while dealing with diminishing staff resources.

According to a draft statement of work issued by the FAA in April, limited budgets have made it difficult for personnel and payroll offices to provide adequate support to FAA and DOT employees. In addition, DOT's current systems have been cited for numerous weaknesses and determined to be at risk of failure, according to the statement.

DOT would like to replace both its human resources and payroll systems, but this initial project will only address human resources, training and time/leave reporting systems that support payroll, according to the statement.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year base period and two option years.

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