6 Mayors Later, Philadelphia Still Relies on 35-Year-Old Accounting Software

Mayor Jim Kenney's administration says it will consider an overhaul of FAMIS

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The city of Philadelphia is still relying on 35-year-old accounting software that predates both Apple's Macintosh and Microsoft Windows to manage $4 billion in annual expenditures and revenue.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports six mayors have served the city since the introduction of FAMIS — Financial Accounting and Management Information System — in 1981.

Mayor Jim Kenney's administration says it will consider an overhaul of FAMIS among its replacement projects for 2017.

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City spokesman Mike Dunn says former Mayor Michael Nutter's administration estimated that replacing FAMIS and its linked systems would cost $50 million. Philadelphia's current IT capital budget is $48.3 million over a six-year period.

FAMIS has been celebrated for being cheap to operate, although it sacrifices flexibility and other capabilities featured in more modern accounting systems.

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