Administration Pushes Shared Services for Mission Support Functions
Last week, the Administration announced the next steps in its years-long effort to expand use of shared services across the federal government.
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and General Services Administration (GSA) announced the establishment of the first-ever, government-wide shared services Management and Oversight (M&O) operating model for mission support functions, such as acquisitions, human resources, financial management, travel and information technology.
OMB Acting Deputy Director for Management Dave Mader and GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth led the discussion on the initiative at an event hosted by the Partnership for Public Service. Mader and Roth also outlined the effort in a blog post.
The duo announced the creation of a new cross-governmental Shared Services Governance Board, led by OMB, which will serve as a decision-making body for shared services in government. The Governance Board is made up of OMB, GSA, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Treasury Department and the CXO Councils.
The Governance Board is expected to hold its first meeting in November, Federal News Radio reports Mader saying at the event.
They also announced the establishment of a Unified Shared Service Management Team (USSMT) at GSA to serve as the integration body for the shared services ecosystem. The team will be staffed initially by 10-15 federal employees, supported by contractors.
Earlier this year OMB commissioned a study to identify possibilities to improve the management of mission support shared services, the results of which informed the next steps announced by the Administration officials at last week’s event.
“There is a lot of work ahead of us, but we are confident that this is a critical step in creating a more effective and efficient Government – one that better focuses its resources on delivering critical services to its citizens,” Mader and Roth concluded their blog post.
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