The Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) is a multifaceted information technology project aimed at transforming state government – including the Department of General Services (DGS) – for the better.
The project is managed by a partnership of control agencies: DGS, Department of Finance, State Controller’s Office, and State Treasurer’s Office.
Because of DGS' diverse role in the business operations of state government, divisions and offices were implemented into FI$Cal in a phased approach.
DGS’ Contracted Fiscal Services (CFS) unit and its client agencies are transacting all accounting functions in the new system since going live with FI$Cal in August 2015. The CFS team worked extensive hours, including weekends, and made extraordinary efforts to complete this transition.
The procurement module of the system – known as Cal eProcure – was released in January 2016. DGS staff members continue to work diligently to test, train and make refinements to the system to provide a customer-friendly way of buying, selling and exploring transactions with the state.
DGS’ Enterprise Technology Solutions and the Office of Human Resources modified the department’s Project Accounting and Leave system to capture employee activity-time reporting and interfaced it to PeopleSoft’s Project Costing. In addition, several of DGS’ legacy systems were updated to interface with PeopleSoft to support the billing, check printing, customer invoice reporting, and direct transfer processes. The changes for this release went live in August 2016 with a controlled transactional rollout that continued through January 2017.