ERIC Number: ED334710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Study of the Development of the Department of Education's Financial Management System and Student Information and Program Management System. A Report to the Governor and the Legislature of the State of Hawaii, No. 91-2. Submitted by the Auditor, State of Hawaii.
Hawaii State Office of the Auditor, Honolulu.
The Hawaii Legislature asked the Office of the Auditor to examine two major Department of Education computer projects--a financial management system (FMS) and a student information and program management system (SIPMS). It also requested guidelines for use in evaluating funding requests for future projects. A 1-year implementation delay in the FMS project has resulted in unused training facilities and equipment, additional consultant fees, and unreliable completion cost estimates. These problems were caused by major shortcomings in the development and procurement process. Still in the early planning stage, the SIPMS project has completed a preliminary plan and a requirements definition. The plan, which proposes a "staged" approach, will take 6 years and $23.8 million to complete. The estimated $3.3 million for the first 2 years is realistic, although auditors cannot comment on the remaining $20.5 million covering construction and implementation costs. The FMS project should: (1) agree on software capacities, critical requirements, and capabilities needed before full implementation; (2) develop a work plan; and (3) define project responsibilities and agree on remaining task assignments. The SIPMS project should continue its phased implementation approach and use existing hardware and software as much as possible. Legislature requests for funding such projects should be in understandable language. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Office of the Auditor, Honolulu.
Identifiers: Financial Systems; Hawaii
Note: Study conducted by Price Waterhouse.