Systems and Comptrollership

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The Role of Systems Integration in Modern Comptrollership

Financial management in the Government of Canada has been a busy place in the last few years. First there was the impending doom of Y2K, deftly staved off by quick systems implementations and brute force effort of both systems and finance personnel. Then came the changes brought about by the Financial Information Strategy (FIS) and the resultant systems and process changes that a successful implementation would require. Just finishing up are the changes made to facilitate the move to accrual accounting. And the truth is, there's lots more to come: Modern Comptrollership, accrual-based budgeting, and a reduction in the number of financial systems clusters, among others, will all require time, effort and continued perseverance of financial management personnel.

The Auditor General (AG) has said in her latest report that much more work needs to be done to realize the benefits of FIS and the newly implemented financial systems:

Departments now need to stabilize these new (financial) systems, ensure that appropriate controls are in place, and provide complete, accurate financial information that managers will use. [1]

This recommendation is no small order. Many would agree that the systems implemented during the late 1990's are generally working, but are also not fully delivering the expected value. Most would agree, including the AG it would seem, that these systems are not being used to their full potential.

 

 

[1] Auditor General's Report 2001, Auditor General for Canada



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