The Office of Management and Budget has announced plans to appoint a shared services policy officer that will work to develop and implement government-wide rules on administrative shared services.
OMB Director Shaun Donovan wrote in a memorandum published Wednesday that the creation of the SSPO position is part of OMB’s effort to implement a “cross-functional governance model” for shared services.
Donovan said the General Services Administration also established a unified shared services management office in order to facilitate collaboration between shared services providers and clients and promote adoption of shared services by government agencies.
The SSPO and a shared services government board will use input from government-wide policy agencies to draft policies on administrative shared services, he said.
He also outlined the responsibilities of GSA’s USSM office, including the development of a concept of operations for shared services, establishment of an investment evaluation process for business cases and creation of a government-wide strategy for the procurement and management of shared services in collaboration with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
Donovan noted that OFPP will work to establish a costing process to facilitate strategic evaluation of alternatives by federal agencies when it comes to meeting administrative functions.