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The state plans to launch a new system in mid September as a big step toward better accounting and financial management. For decades, more than 70 state agencies have used dozens of independent accounting systems. This creates duplication of effort and records. But ENCOMPASS (Enterprise Common Processing and Analytics Systems) will change all that. It will combine the state's accounting into one, fully unified system.
ENCOMPASS will provide greater efficiency in processing financial transactions, tighter controls, and better overall management of both state and federal funding. It also will provide state agencies with immediate access to state financial data and to improved tracking of state assets. In short, ENCOMPASS will provide citizens, elected officials and businesses with better information to make better decisions.
From a work in progress to a powerful new system
ENCOMPASS has been in development for more than a decade, in some form or other. In the past four years, it has become a statewide system that meets today’s demanding financial-reporting needs.
In mid September, more than 70 state agencies will begin using ENCOMPASS as their sole financial-management system. A transition of this size calls for careful planning and reasonable expectations. For instance, state employees have been put through the paces of several training sessions. Additional training will be provided throughout August and September to make sure employees have all the information they need to successfully use ENCOMPASS.
In addition, the new system has been tested multiple times over the past four years. However, a project this big, no matter how well planned or tested, will inevitably identify opportunities for improvement. Yet, if we do encounter wrinkles along the way, we will strive to iron them out as quickly and seamlessly as possibly.
For more information
To learn more about the ENCOMPASS project, see the link to Frequently Asked Questions below. We also recommend that you bookmark this page to check for any future updates.