GSA Advancing Shared Services and Category Management for More Effective Government

December 27, 2016

GSA Uses Final Weeks Under Obama to Advance Shared Services, Category Management

Source: Government Executive, Charles S. Clark, December 8, 2016GSA

With the transition to a Trump administration well under way, the General Services Administration is moving to further institutionalize the Obama administration’s push to make agencies more efficient and effective stewards of taxpayer dollars by sharing more back-end administrative services and adopting category management as a procurement model.

On Wednesday, the agency announced an “innovative new vision for administrative mission support services that eliminates redundancy, reduces risk, and leverages government’s buying power to deliver administrative services that create a more effective government.”

GSA’s office of Unified Shared Services Management, working with the Shared Service Governance Board created with the Office of Management and Budget in October 2015, is crafting a “10-year vision” for shared services, although funding for the interagency initiative has been dicey.

Elizabeth Angerman, executive director of the Unified Shared Services Management office, said, “this vision is the reflection of input from government and industry executives over the course of more than a year. It is a major departure from the way government does administrative support software and services currently, so it will require significant change management.” READ MORE….

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