Although DHS officials told us that they expect the requirements developed for eMerge2
to be salvageable and provide a foundation for its future efforts, our review found that key requirements developed for eMerge2
did not have attributes associated with good requirements developed using best practices.
Within a year, the TWIC and eMerge2
contracts were drawing skeptical scrutiny.
In an official response to the report, DHS Chief Financial Officer Andrew Maner agreed with most of the findings, and noted that the department is "in the early phase of amalgamating redundant financial management systems" and in 2005 and 2006 will be implementing new management software called eMerge2