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OMB: Questions Remain in Effort to Consolidate Financial Systems
"Uncertainties cling to a governmentwide mandatory effort to consolidate information technology systems for financial management, Office of Management and Budget officials acknowledged Wednesday.

'There's a lot of questions out there that we still need to answer,' said Karen Evans, OMB administrator of e-government and information technology. She testified at a hearing called by the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance and Accountability.

OMB spearheads an effort initiated in 2004 to consolidate the government's financial management systems within a handful of agencies, which will charge fees to their client agencies. The General Services Administration and the departments of Interior, Treasury and Transportation have been designated as service providers. Private sector companies also are eligible to compete."

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