February 14, 2013
Accenture Scores Department of Agriculture Contract
By Robbie Pleasant
Our food is now in Accenture’s (News - Alert) hands. Well, not literally, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given a one-year contract to Accenture Federal Services to help improve the Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) system for tracking the nation’s meat and poultry supply.
FSIS is responsible for ensuring that the meat, poultry and egg products in the U.S. are safe and both labeled and packaged correctly. Unless you’re a vegan, this probably means it’s responsible for the safety of the food you eat.
Suffice it to say, that means it must be on top of its game, and for that, it also needs the best technology available.
In 2005, Accenture developed and implemented the ASsuranceNet system. With it, the agency could record and share data with improved ease and convenience, while providing streamlined and standardized controls across the organization.
Under the new contract, FSIS will be able to retire three of its legacy systems, instead moving all the data into a single enterprise solution that crosses the entire agency. Accenture will help focus on managing tracking, as well as improving the reporting efficiency, helping to streamline the agency’s processes for investigation, reviews and approval.
“Federal agencies are faced with the challenge of transforming and improving how they work in today’s challenging financial environment,” said Ed Meehan, leader of Accenture’s federal civilian agency portfolio. “Continued improvements will help FSIS drive operational efficiencies, improve performance, and help protect our nation’s critical food supply infrastructure.”
Accenture is trusted by the U.S. government, and hasn’t failed yet, as it still serves agencies for civilian, defense, intelligence and public safety.
It’s safe to assume that the enhancements and changes will help the agency remain organized and improve its efficiency, ensuring that the food we eat is safe.
Edited by Braden Becker