The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 7, 2010
FI$Cal awards $1.3 million to document financial systems

The managers overseeing the massive FI$Cal project to modernize California's ailing and antiquated financial systems have awarded a $1.3 million contract as a small step forward on the billion-dollar effort.

News about the contract was tucked inside the latest update on FI$Cal on the project by  Elaine Howle, the state auditor.  To read Howle's latest project monitoring letter, click here.

The Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) project office awarded the contract to Cambria Solutions Inc. in December.

Between now and the early fall, Cambria's job will be "documenting the current business processes of 44 current state entities," says Howle's letter to the governor and legislators. 

In regular English, that means Cambria will contact each of the 44 assigned state organizations and write up an inventory of each entity's computer financial management methods, listing the applications (software) and systems (hardware) that support the work.

No word on why a consultant was needed to do that seemingly simple job.

Also included in Howle's report was a list of state departments and agencies whose workers will be among the first wave to implement FI$Cal when it's ready to launch.

Among them: staffers at the Board of Equalization and the Department of Justice.

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