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GDS Phase 2 Advisory Committee

Established to assist CSAC in defining the requirements for the Phase 2 GDS Web Services deliverables.

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) has establish an Advisory Committee for Phase 2 of the Grant Delivery System (GDS). This Advisory Committee has been established to assist CSAC in defining the requirements for the Phase 2 GDS Web Services deliverables. Phase 2 of the Grant Delivery System consists of developing and implementing web services and Web Grant Screen improvements to the GDS so that we may better serve students, institutions, and staff. The proposed changes will increase our agility, provide quicker turnaround from inputs to results, and give stakeholders more direct access to their information.

The committee will determine and recommend to schools, strategies and practices for field implementation of the wide spectrum of the available GDS functionalities as well as identify any additional functionality enhancements needed for WebGrants and Web Services.

The committee will communicate the proposed interface and implementation strategy plan to schools and vendors. The committee will also solicit partners to actively participate in the web services implementation and the testing effort.

This Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet twice a month, from July 2007 to July 2008. The meeting is scheduled on the first and third Tuesday of each month. It may be extended or reformulated for follow-on system enhancements/extension. In the interest of greater customer involvement, it is expected that all technical discussion will take place through a number of channels. The various types of communication channels include email, minutes published on a designated web site, web conferencing, teleconferencing, face-to-face meetings (every 3 or 4 months), and communication with customers via Fast Blast, Operational Memos, Special Alerts and list).