AccentureAwarded Financial Modernization Contract From U.S. National Science Foundation

Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:00am EST

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ARLINGTON, Va.--(Business Wire)--
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Accenture Federal
Services a five-year, $24.4 million contract to help modernize the
organization`s financial system. The project will upgrade the agency`s 25
year-old financial accounting system to one that is fully integrated, based on
commercial-off-the-shelf software and hosted in a shared service environment. 

Accenture will work with NSF to modernize current operations by transitioning
the agency to a cloud-based financial system, Accenture`s Federal Financials as
a Service offering and its financial systems shared service center. Accenture
will help to increase the agency`s efficiency and effectiveness, and optimize
business processes across all departments. 

"Today, the way federal agencies process and manage their financial information
can have a significant impact on their ability to deliver on their mission. By
improving NSF`s efficiency and effectiveness, Accenture will be helping the
agency deliver on its mission of promoting scientific research nationwide," said
Ed Meehan, who leads Accenture`s work with civilian agencies. 

NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to help advance
the country`s progress in science, health and national defense. The agency is
the main source of funding for about 20 percent of all federally supported
research conducted by the nation`s colleges and universities. 

Last year, NSF managed and dispersed $5.72 billion for research and related
activities. In fields that include mathematics, computer science and the social
sciences, the agency often is the major source of federal financial backing.
About 10,000 new awards are presented annually, with an average duration of
three years. These awards fund specific research proposals for individuals and
small groups of investigators. In the past few decades, NSF-funded researchers
have won more than 180 Nobel Prizes. 

Accenture Federal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, a U.S.
company, with offices in Arlington, VA. 

Learn more about Accenture`s work with federal agencies, its Human Service
practice, Empowering Services, Improving Lives, and Delivering Public Service of
the Future. 

About Accenture

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company, with 259,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.
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industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world`s most
successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become
high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues
of US $27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page is

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