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Shaun Donovan: New OMB Officer to Draft Policy on Administrative Shared Services

Shaun Donovan
Shaun Donovan

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.

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