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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

LOBs continue to take hold, OMB officials say

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- In the three years since the Office of Management and Budget began work on the line-of-business initiatives, agencies went from “no, never going to happen” to “this can work,” according to officials involved in the programs.

One of the keys has been convincing agencies to work as one government enterprise, said Tim Young, OMB’s associate administrator for e-government and information technology.

The Human Resources and Financial Management LOBs are the furthest along in meeting OMB’s goal of fee for service.

Danny Werfel, OMB’s deputy comptroller, said the financial initiative will release a request for proposals in June to certify commercial shared-service providers. Other officials said the HR LOB will precede the financial RFP with its own this month.

Werfel also said the Financial Management LOB would release its next set of accounting standards for payables for public comment this month. The accounts receivable and billing would come after that, Werfel said.

The Financial Management LOB office wants to test the common governmentwide accounting code with a handful of agencies, he added.

“We want a proof of concept,” Werfel said. “We want agencies to put together an implementation schedule and it will be helpful for them to see what challenges they may face in a pilot.”

GSA received more than 600 comments and will release the final document in the fall, he added.

-Jason Miller, FCW.com


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