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Air Force Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System Closes Out FY21 with Big Wins

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – DEAMS, the Air Force Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System, manages the control, execution, and reporting of the Air Force General Fund and the USTRANSCOM Working Capital Fund supporting 17,000 users across 170 installations at all Air Force MAJCOMs, U.S. Space Force, and Unified Commands where the Air Force is the executive agent.  DEAMS also supports Air Force customers who utilize Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) services.

Reaching the full deployment milestone in FY21 was only a launching point for DEAMS as the program closed the year with several significant accomplishments

By the end of FY21, DEAMS Agile teams developed and deployed critical user capabilities and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs). The Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) team enhanced audit compliance through successful automation of configuration and access controls, delivering a high priority business systems categories (BCAT I) capability and addressing eight Notice of Findings and Recommendations (NFR). The DevSecOps team designed an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Environment Health Report—the first by an Air Force BCAT I program. The Treasury Direct Disbursing (TDD) team set the foundation for all future vendor pay processes by establishing a core set of six Treasury-direct interfaces, facilitating payment and reconciliation of Government Purchase Card (GPC) invoices. The Reporting team delivered SAF/FM's number-one capability by deploying the first instance of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), meeting a critical Treasury Department mandate. This delivery addressed 73 reporting requirements in addition to a user-friendly dashboard and advanced user feedback capability.
In July 2021, DEAMS migrated several development environments to OCI, a broad platform of cloud services which will enable DEAMS to assemble and run a wide range of applications in a scalable, secure, high-performance environment.  Moving to OCI positions DEAMS for success by leveraging state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure.
August 2021 saw more success when the program awarded a five-year System Integrator (SI) contract to CACI Inc. This new contract will provide a long-term and stable partnership between SI, PMO, and the Functional community. The contract will also allow the program to continue establishing and executing Agile SAFe methodologies to further develop, test, secure, and deliver capability to its users.
In FY21, DEAMS was selected as a BA-8 Pilot program, placing the program under a single appropriation (Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E)). The BA-8 Pilot is intended to evaluate the effectiveness of a single budget appropriation for “Software and Digital Technology” which develops, implements, fields and sustains critical software to Air Force and DoD users world-wide.  

“Having one appropriation should ensure our program, as well as many others, can execute DoD’s top-priority to effectively and properly employ Agile software development methodologies,” said Lt. Col. Talipan, DEAMS Materiel Leader. “It should also provide us the ability to be flexible in a very dynamic operating environment.”
Richard Aldridge, Business Enterprise Systems PEO, agrees with Talipan, adding “Huge congrats on the steadfast dedication and pure, hard work that achieved these historic milestones for the DEAMS program.”