COL Patrick Burden will be leaving his post as General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager. (Rob Curtis/Staff / Military Times)
After nearly four years of leading one of the Army’s largest enterprise resource planning programs, COL Patrick Burden is set to move on from his role as program manager of the Army General Fund Enterprise Business System.
Burden, who took over as GFEBS program manager in August 2010, has been reassigned as deputy program executive officer for ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, according to a July 18 Defense Department announcement.
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GFEBS is the Army’s integrated service-wide management system, serving as the system of record for general funds and financial execution support and one of DoD’s largest financial management and cost-accounting systems. The system may yet be expanded in the future to handle tasks such as personnel time and attendance tracking, among other uses, Burden noted in a May interview.
DoD ERPs are a critical piece in complying with federal mandates for audit-readiness, and have taken significant heat from Congress and watchdog groups over the years for the multitude of issues faced, including running over budget and past deadlines. During his tenure, Burden managed much of the rollout of GFEBS across the Army, and despite the challenges along the way he’s optimistic for the future.
“I think the Army understands better than it did in the past what it takes to develop and manage these systems, and the roles required across the Army — not just a PM, but a functional sponsor,” he said. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that we work together to understand how systems are used, so we can understand how to deliver capabilities.”
Burden is succeeded by COL William Russell, who most recently served as the director of fires and force protection for the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology. Officials at Army Program Executive Office-Enterprise Information Systems, which houses GFEBS, held a ceremony marking the changeover on July 10 at Fort Bevloir, Virginia.