Improving the DoD's Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Jan 1, 2001
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In 1999, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) engaged RAND to examine DFAS's interactions with customers and to determine how those interactions might be improved. DFAS provides a range of services to Defense Department agencies in two broad categories: finance "output" and accounting services. DFAS customers believe that current DFAS accounting data are too untimely and too inaccurate to be useful and that systems acquisition and implementation are DFAS weaknesses. RAND urged DFAS to (1) develop the capability to respond to crises like the FY00 change in military pay; (2) continue its pricing reforms; (3) acquire new software commercially; and (4) make greater use of the Web.
DFAS's Interactions with Its Customers
DFAS Finance Services
DFAS Accounting Services
Businesslike Behavior from Defense Working Capital Fund Entities?
Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and the Chief Financial Officers Act
Private-Sector Software Challenges
The Literature on Outsourcing
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