The Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) is a multi-faceted information technology project aimed at transforming state government – including DGS – for the better.
The project is managed by a partnership of control agencies: Department of Finance, Department of General Services, State Controller’s Office, and State Treasurer’s Office.
Because of DGS' diverse role in the business operations of state government, different divisions/offices will be coming online with FI$Cal at various times:
The procurement module of the system – known as Cal eProcure – will be released in December of 2015. DGS staff members continue to work diligently testing, training and making refinements to the system so that when it is launched it will be a sleek, customer-friendly way of buying, selling and exploring transactions with the state.
Similarly, DGS’ Contracted Fiscal Services (CFS) unit and their client agencies went live with FI$Cal in July and is now transacting its accounting functions each month in the new system. The CFS team put in extensive hours including weekends and made extraordinary efforts to complete this task.
DGS IT and the Office of Human Resources are working to modify the department’s Project Accounting and Leave (PAL) system to be able to capture employee activity-time reporting and interface it to PeopleSoft, Project Costing, with a “go live” target of July 2016.
Also slated for future delivery in FI$Cal is department’s back office system (ABMS) which is currently being configured interact with the system and will “go live” sometime after PAL.