Grant Thornton and CheckFree will work together to offer solutions to the governmental financial management sector, the companies said Tuesday.

The effort includes CheckFree’s compliance solutions business unit and Grant Thornton’s global public sector practice, combining CheckFree’s reconciliation system with Grant Thornton;s business, financial and information technology consulting.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) already utilizes CheckFree’s reconciliation solutions and Grant Thornton’s consulting.

“Grant Thornton has a reputation for professional excellence in providing powerful, practical solutions that make federal, state, local and international governments more efficient and responsive to citizen’s needs,” said Mark Zill, senior vice president and general manager of CheckFree’s Financial and Compliance Solutions business unit, in a statement. “We look forward to working with them to serve our mutual clients with high quality software and services.”

Added Hank Steininger, managing partner of the Global Private Sector for Grant Thornton: “The government contracts marketplace is more competitive than ever. CheckFree pioneered automated bank reconciliation systems more than 30 years ago and is the recognized market leader in reconciliation solutions worldwide.

“With the depth of CheckFree’s reconciliation experience, Grant Thornton will be able to confidently recommend their products to our government clients as part of solutions we develop.”

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