Not the Montgomery Ward, but the Shared Services Catalog
According to Mr. Miller’s article, the federal government is preparing for increased transparency within the shared services marketplace by early 2015. The Treasury Department plans to release a shared services catalog in a few months that will help bridge the knowledge gap with existing shared services providers and the innovation and support roles available throughout industry. This catalog will supplement Treasury’s newly released guidance on the rules for federal shared services implementation as well as ongoing operations and maintenance phases.
Before Buying New Scheduling System, VA Plans to Kick the Tires
In an effort to address the Department of Veterans Affairs scheduling issues, the VA will soon release a request for proposals to identify and procure the best IT scheduling solution available. Mr. Moore provides details on how the two-step solicitation from the second largest U.S. government agency will aim to improve wait times and satisfaction for almost 9 million veteran customers while also fundamentally modernizing the agency’s scheduling software.
DoD’s ‘Vertical Integration,’ Effort to Further Pare Administrative Costs
The Department of Defense is moving away from arbitrary budget cuts across all agencies and components, reports Mr. Serbu. Instead of reducing 10 percent of military spending power across the board, the Department plans to integrate a review process that will use private sector leading practices to identify program priorities, reduce redundant administrative contracts, and consolidate databases – potentially creating up to $20 billion in savings over a five year period.