David Mader, acting deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, has announced OMB’s plan to set up an administrative body that will work to craft strategies to encourage government agencies to use shared services, GovExec reported Thursday.
Mader said the governance board will work with a General Services Administration-hosted unit – United Shared Services Management Organization – to help carry out plans for the implementation of shared services, Charles S. Clark writes.
He told an audience at a Partnership for Public Service event that the new board will be “an organizational and cultural change” and will work to help agencies “focus on their core mission.”
The new body will be composed of 16 members from GSA, Treasury Department, Office of Personnel Management, agency service providers and customers and will start meeting next month, according to the report.
Mader said he envisions the new administrative body to encourage agencies to collaborate with service providers to handle tasks related to the grants program and cyber defense efforts in addition to financial management and acquisition functions.
“We need to be at a place when the new administration comes in andwe can hand off a strategy they can embrace,” Mader added.
GSA administrator Denise Turner Roth has expressed support to the new effort, Clark reports.
“It’s important that we not only host the office but that we have accountability for its success,” Roth said.