The Office of Management and Budget’s ambitious plan to reorganize and restructure the government is asking agencies to consider ideas such as shared services, insourcing and outsourcing and all-but-mandating the use of existing multiple-award contracts. These concepts have real potential to change and transform agencies and their mission areas.
The Commerce Department built a business case detailing how it would centralize all back-office functions — human resources, financial management, technology and procurement — over a three-year period.
Beth Killoran, the chief information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, said over the past two years the agency went from having about 1 percent of all systems in the cloud to an expected 41 percent by the end of 2017.
The federal inspectors general community has an opportunity, as the federal hiring freeze and other resources continue to tighten, to share administrative and mission areas services.
The Agriculture Department’s National Finance Center, which provides payroll for 650,000 federal employees, has initiated its continuity of operations plan after New Orleans was hit by severe weather.
The Unified Shared Services Management office released a concept of operations and an RFI for software-as-a-service as part of its plan to continue moving the initiative forward in 2017.
The Unified Shared Services Management Office at GSA released a new 10-year vision for federal back-office shared services that relies on a subscription or as-a-service model to deal with the needs for upfront spending.
The government has made progress in the last 15 years, but it’s nowhere near a fully digital model.
The Modernization Government Technology Act received approval from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Sept. 15 and will likely get voted on by the full House on Sept. 20.
Strategic sourcing is the government’s strategy for trying to buy commodities as a single entity. Industry, and especially small business and services contractors, have been wary of the initiative. Now the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council has issued a new rule for contracting officers and that’s also got industry concerned. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what’s going on.
Beth Angerman, the executive director of the Unified Shared Services Management (USSM) Office, said the modernization and migration management (M3) framework, a new six-step playbook and a shared services catalog are putting the pieces in place to help agencies succeed in moving back-office systems to shared services.
Even after transitioning four systems to shared services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development still doesn’t have what it needs. All this is documented in the latest study from the Government Accountability Office. Valerie Melvin, director of Information Management and Technology Resources issues at GAO, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
President Barack Obama signed the MEGABYTE Act into law, and GSA released two new shared services offerings to keep the “slow” summer months hopping.
A third memo from the administration since 2009 is pushing agencies to consolidate, optimize and move data centers to the cloud.