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FY97 Annual Report

FY97 Annual Report

STANDARD ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING SYSTEM (STARS)

DFAS ACAT IAM Program
Total program cost (TY$) $138M
Life cycle cost (TY$) $670M
Full-rate production (FOC) 4QFY00

Prime Contractor
Tecolote Research, Inc.; EDS; and
Universal Hi-Tech (Development Analysis Support)
SAIC (Training Development and Delivery)
Lockheed Martin (Analysis and Project Management)

SYSTEM DESCRIPTION & CONTRIBUTION TO JOINT VISION 2010

The Standard Accounting and Reporting System (STARS) is a general fund accounting, commercial entitlement and reporting system. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) approved STARS as the migratory system on which to consolidate all Department of the Navy (DoN) and Defense Information Systems Agency general fund accounting, commercial entitlement and reporting operations. STARS will manage about $750B in present and past years' funds for the DoN. STARS supports the Joint Vision 2010 concept of information superiority by increasing access to information.

STARS comprises four major subsystems:

  • Field Level Accounting (STARS FL)
  • Headquarters Accounting and Reporting for Funds Administrators, Major Commands and Systems Commands (STARS HQ)
  • One Pay including Electronic Commerce / Electronic Data Interchange (EC/EDI), Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), and commercial entitlement (STARS One Pay)
  • Funds Distribution and Departmental Reporting (STARS FDR)

STARS hardware and software consists of IBM and compatible mainframes operating under the Multiple Virtual Storage / Enterprise Systems Architecture (MVS/ESA) and Virtual Machine / ESA (VM/ESA). Customer Information Control System (CICS)/ESA is the terminal controller and transaction driver, currently handling over 200K transactions per day. The primary relational Data Base Management System (DBMS) is Data Base 2 (DB2). Other significant supporting software utilities for STARS are IBM's BookManager, EC-FORMS, and OfficeVision.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

STARS operates at a single data processing installation center. The Defense Information Processing Center (DIPC) Washington, under the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), operated STARS through FY95. Under the direction of BRAC-93, DIPC Washington closed at the end of FY95 and STARS migrated to the DISA activity, Defense Megacenter (DMC) at Mechanicsburg, PA where STARS production, conversion, and development efforts currently take place. STARS is being implemented to meet user and Navy financial requirements that are consistent with accounting and financial policy, regulatory and statutory requirements, such as the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA), Antideficiency Act, and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Act for general funds accounting.

STARS software development, conversion, and independent verification and validation (IV&V) efforts are accomplished through the primary Central Design Activity (CDA), Fleet Material Support Office (FMSO), the CDA, Navy Computer and Telecommunications Station Washington (NCTS-W), and the Financial Support Activity at Cleveland through support agreements.

STARS FDR, consolidations, and conversions will undergo MS-IIIA approval in FY98. Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable functions will undergo MS-IIIB approval in FY98. The other three subsystems already are fielded, having passed the milestone approval process when DFAS was the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA).


TEST & EVALUATION ACTIVITY

Internal testing is on-going on the STARS system. Program revisions are being made as a result of current testing. Additional Navy requirements are being defined, which is causing a delay in schedule. The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has been designated as the STARS operational test activity. JITC will perform operational test and evaluation and provide independent evaluation reports in support of the scheduled FY98 milestone decisions. A draft TEMP is being staffed.


TEST & EVALUATION ASSESSMENT

Developmental testing to date has shown that STARS is technically sound. Major OT&E activities with special emphasis on STARS capabilities and system integration remain to be completed in the FY98. Interoperability with external systems will also be a major issue for the OT&E community to address.



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