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About Credit Management System (CMS)

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Scope of Work

The USAID Office of Development Credit in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade (EGAT/DC) is responsible for managing USAID's credit programs. The use of credit provides the Agency with a powerful tool to achieve its development goals. Credit activities enable the choice of the most appropriate financial instruments: loans, loan guarantees, grants, or a combination of these three, thus enhancing the Agency's efficiency and effectiveness.

These credit programs are managed by USAID in part through an Internet-based software environment – USAID Credit Management System (CMS). Through a secure database, CMS allows banks and USAID to enter data electronically into the central monitoring system. CMS facilitates the flow of information between banks and USAID to accelerate fees and claims processing and to avoid data entry duplication. Using a performance-centered web interface, the system has been implemented worldwide without requiring user training.

Skills and Expertise Required

The CMS technical infrastructure, originally based on a Python stack, was recently updated to use the Grails application framework. CMS provides for innovative upload of bulk data in XML format using spreadsheet templates for formatting. Additionally, complex financial reports are included, based on data uploaded by partner organizations. Testing for usability and performance was performed in South America, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Devis is hosting CMS using our secure VMWare vSphere 4 virtual infrastructure with monitoring performed by Nagios and up.time to ensure maximum availability to users spread across the globe.

Impact and Results

The Credit Monitoring System helps a small operating EGAT/DC staff manage over $2 Billion in loan guarantees. CMS enables EGAT/DC to manage the worldwide loan portfolio with sufficient tracking and visibility to minimize loan defaults. The system integrates data from the US Treasury Department to allow standard calculation of loans in both US Dollars and over 70 local currencies.

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