Under the $6.1 million, five-year contract, the Coast Guard will move its HR data to a Web-based PeopleSoft system. A live version of the application and data, to roll out in March, will run in one data center, while a backup version resides in a separate facility.
The move comes as the Coast Guard prepares for integration into the Department of Homeland Security, a 170,000-employee amalgam of 22 federal departments. The Web-based implementation should make it easier for other homeland-security agencies to access Coast Guard HR data, Swatloski says. "You don't have the desktop or bandwidth requirements that some other systems might require."