Bureau of the Census

B&A has been supporting the Decennial Applicant, Personnel, and Payroll System (DAPPS) at the US Census Bureau since 1998. The customized

PeopleSoft system was developed for the recruitment, hiring, and paying of intermittent Decennial Census employees during the 2000 Decennial Census. This huge effort required the B&A project team to support approximately 540 nationwide offices, millions of applicants, and 12 regional weekly payrolls. At peak-processing, a record-breaking number of employees, nearly reaching a half-million, were paid during the weekly payrolls for several weeks.

DAPPS is a highly visible system within Census serving as a data source for various reporting requirements throughout the Bureau and other federal agencies. The system has been used for supporting the personnel and payroll requirements related to methodology testing in 2004 and 2006. In the 2004 Methodology Test, B&A staff developed a successful mobile time-capture prototype application. This proof-of-concept application served as a model for the 2010 Decennial Census application being used today.

The B&A team is heavily involved in all aspects of DAPPS with the goal in mind of making the 2010 Census a success. Projections show close to a million employees will be paid weekly at peak operations for the upcoming census. In anticipation of this volume, a software upgrade was completed in late 2007 by the B&A team of the supported PeopleSoft Human Capital Management application modules – Recruitment, Human Resources, Time & Labor, and Payroll – to version 9.0. This resulted in Census being the first government agency to complete an upgrade to this version.

The B&A project team provides CMMI Level 2 support via plans, tools, reporting, repeatable processes, and template-based documentation. The team is comprised of senior-level professionals possessing time-proven expertise in their roles as project manager, developers, testers, technical writers, database analysts, system architects, and system administrators.

Our experience covers a wide range of skills including system implementations, upgrades, requirements gathering, process design, software development and customization, end-to-end testing, database and server administration, technical writing, configuration management, interface design, and project management.