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Friday, May 04, 2012

Agency plans to consolidate, share IT services due Aug. 31

Agencies have until Aug. 31 to submit plans showing how they will consolidate and share human resources and email systems, help desk support and other information technology services.

Agencies must begin to share at least two Office of Management and Budget-approved services by December, OMB announced Wednesday in a final version of the Federal IT Shared Services Strategy. And they must update those plans annually with details about ongoing consolidation efforts and their inventories of IT assets, including systems and services.

By October, OMB will launch and maintain an online IT services catalog of services and contracts that agencies can share governmentwide.

Other areas identified by OMB for shared services include financial management, administrative management, geospatial services and records management.

OMB said agencies also must detail in the reports who is accountable for their consolidation efforts, performance goals and how each IT service will be transitioned.

-Nicole Blake Johnson, FederalTimes.com

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