"Agencies and contractors vying to be selected as human resources providers in projects to consolidate systems across government likely will compete following the same rules as those governing the Bush administration's competitive sourcing initiative, an Office of Personnel Management official said Friday.
OPM also announced this week that five agencies have committed four months ahead of schedule to migrate their human resources systems to shared service centers. The Housing and Urban Development Department committed to moving to the Treasury Department's system, the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration will move to the Agriculture Department's National Finance Center, and the Transportation Department and Federal Aviation Administration are shifting to the Interior Department's National Business Center.
The human resources project is part of the Office of Management and Budget-led lines of business initiative, aimed at consolidating and centralizing federal information technology systems in a variety of areas. Service providers, which can offer more than just IT services for human resources, are intended to host several agencies, with the goal of saving money through enhanced efficiency. "