Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03052948 (posted May. 29, 2003)"
Team Backgrounder: Description of Support to the Bureau of
Citizenship and Immigration Services for E-Filing Implementation
BearingPoint is pleased to be working with the Bureau of Citizenship and
Immigration Services (BCIS) in support of its electronic filing initiative.
BearingPoint is helping BCIS improve customer support while also increasing the
efficiency and consistency of the agency’s processes. The company was
engaged by BCIS to provide program management support in the areas of
implementation strategy, project planning, analyses, training, coordination, and
communication. Specifically, BearingPoint is providing Systems Development Life
Cycle (SDLC), Certification and Accreditation (C&A), and IT Investment
Management (ITIM) documentation and coordination support. BearingPoint was
chosen because of its experience in helping government agencies transform the
way they deliver services to the public.
About BearingPoint, Inc.
BearingPoint, Inc. (NYSE:BE), formerly KPMG Consulting, Inc., is one of the
world’s largest business consulting, systems integration and managed services
firms serving Global 2000 companies, medium-sized businesses, government
agencies and other organizations. We provide business and technology strategy,
systems design, architecture, applications implementation, network, systems
integration and managed services. Our service offerings are designed to help our
clients generate revenue, reduce costs and access the information necessary to
operate their business on a timely basis. Based in McLean, Va., BearingPoint has
been named by Fortune as one of America’s Most Admired Companies in the computer
and data services sector. For more information, visit the Company’s website at
As the software development contractor for the BCIS
E-Filing project, CSC created E-Filing’s Internet interface, which enables
individuals to fill out and submit BCIS forms. CSC also developed the
payment module, database repository, and biometrics-based security applications
for the E-Filing system. Additionally, CSC built the intranet application
that will route forms submitted through the E-Filing system to the appropriate
BCIS service centers or district offices.
Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC) is one of the world’s leading
information technology (IT) services companies. CSC’s mission is to
provide customers in industry and government with solutions crafted to meet
their specific challenges and enable them to profit from the advanced use of
technology. CSC provides innovative solutions for customers around the
world by applying leading technologies and CSC’s own advanced capabilities.
Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., CSC reported revenue of $11.3 billion for
the 12 months ended March 28, 2003. For more information, visit the
company’s Web site at www.csc.com.
CSC Corporate Communications
BCIS and its partners, BearingPoint and CSC, encountered an exciting
opportunity with the BCIS E-filing project: to deliver both an Internet and
intranet application in 11 weeks. In order to meet the timeframe, the BCIS team
selected EzGov’s FlexFoundation software. FlexFoundation software proved
to be a strategic factor in meeting the requirements and project timeframe that
BCIS and BearingPoint required. FlexFoundation enabled the CSC development
team to complete the rapid development of a low-risk, high-value e-filing
solution for Internet based submissions, which included integration to the
existing BCIS claims processing system, as well as a complementary intranet
based application for initial case file creation and management reporting.
Since FlexFoundation is a standards-based product, the applications developed on
the FlexFoundation platform easily ran within BCIS’ existing environment.
In addition to enabling the automated online filing of applications, the BCIS
E-filing solution takes advantage of FlexFoundation’s capability to generate PDF
files and barcodes. The BCIS E-filing application was also required to
handle the collection of payments, as well as automate their remittance to the
U.S. Department of Treasury. To meet the requirement, the BCIS team
leveraged EzGov’s PaymentEngine? software. Through the use of
PaymentEngine, the E-filing application can accept and settle payments in
conjunction with the online application submission. In addition, BCIS uses
PaymentEngine’s reporting capabilities for payment reconciliation and
EzGov is the leading e-government technology specialist, providing the
software and services that enable governments to become more efficient and
better serve citizens and businesses through new distribution channels, such as
the Internet. With FlexFoundation?, EzGov has developed software tailored
specifically to meet the unique e-government needs of all levels of
government. EzGov’s global headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia. EzGov’s
European Headquarters are based in Amsterdam. EzGov has additional offices in
Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, London and Rome. Visit EzGov’s websites at www.ezgov.com or www.europe.ezgov.com .
Elisabeth H. Estes