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  • 1970’s - CARS (Commonwealth Accounting and Reporting System)
    During the 1970's, DOA (Department of Accounts) designed and implemented CARS, the Commonwealth’s first mainframe accounting system. CARS is a COBOL based system that stores information in a non-relational database and serves over 150 State agencies. CARS was upgraded in 1986 and again in 1999 for Y2K compliance. Over the years, however, improvements in technology have led other state agencies to develop independent systems in order to meet their increasingly complex accounting and reporting needs. Those systems currently upload accounting data to CARS through non-industry-standard interfaces.
  • 2006 to 2007 – Virginia Enterprise Applications Program (VEAP)
    The VEAP office and various state agencies, including DOA and VDOT – worked on an approach to provide the Commonwealth with a statewide financial management system. 
  • 2008 to 2009 – VDOT and Department of Accounts
    In 2008, VDOT and DOA partnered to plan for a system that could serve as a basis for a statewide financial management system.  Solicitations for software and consulting services were issued.
  • 2009 to 2011 – Cardinal Project Part 1
    In late 2009, the Cardinal Project was launched. Subject matter experts from VDOT and DOA participated in Conference Room Pilots to identify, validate, and confirm business processes. On December 5, 2011, Cardinal was deployed at VDOT.
  • 2012 – Cardinal Project Part 2
  • On October 1, 2012, the Cardinal Project Team and DOA deployed Cardinal at DOA.
  • 2012 to 2016 - Cardinal Project Part 3
    In late 2012, the Cardinal Project Team and DOA began work on Part 3 of the Cardinal Project. Part 3 occured in 2 cycles or "waves."
    • In Wave 1, most on-line agencies and a few pilot interfacing agencies implemented Cardinal in October 1, 2014.
    • In Wave 2, the remaining agencies implemented Cardinal in February 1, 2016.
  • 2016 to 2017 – Cardinal Upgrade Project
  • Following Cardinal implementation at all state agencies, the Cardinal Project Team began work on the upgrade to PeopleSoft v9.2, which includes Cardinal’s hardware, software and supporting technical architecture.
  • 2015 to 2018 – Cardinal Payroll Project
  • In 2015, the Cardinal Project Team began work on replacing Commonwealth’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (CIPPS) which loses vendor software support in May of 2018.  Implementation of new payroll software is scheduled to be complete by November of 2018.


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