Integrated Public Financial Management Information Systems in Turkey
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The rapid change in technology gives governments an opportunity to develop their financial systems. Governments in developing countries are increasingly exploring methods and systems to modernize and improve their financial systems. Over the years, the governments have aimed at producing an effective, efficient, accountable, transparent, secure, and comprehensive financial reporting and management system. Financial management information systems—the oldest record-keeping methods, dating back hundreds of years—include the recording of financial information based on accounting practices. In other words, it is not a new concept either in the literature or for implementation. However, with the rapid development of information technologies, developed countries have shown an increased tendency to digitize and transfer activities related to public financial management onto the electronic environments. One of the most important activities is the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), which allows public institutions to digitize key aspects of budget implementations and accounting procedures. IFMIS is a budgeting and accounting system that manages spending, processing, payment, reporting and budgeting for governments and other entities, based on information technologies. An IFMIS bundles significant financial management functions into one software suite of applications (Chado 2015). The governments implement IFMIS to increase the efficiency and the effectiveness of their financial management. The system helps the governments to facilitate adoption of modern public expenditure’s best practices for keeping with international standards and benchmarks (Chado 2015; International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management 2008).
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