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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Treasury's FMS proving shared services works

The Treasury Department's Financial Management Service will have no trouble moving commodity technology to a shared service provider as required by the Office of Management and Budget.

FMS completed its transition to the Bureau of Public Debt for network operations and IT infrastructure support about 18 months ago under its Fiscal IT program. And that was just the latest technology service to be brought under the control of another organization.

"Both BPD and FMS work for the fiscal assistant secretary. In the conversation with him, he asked the question would it be ‘profitable'--save us time, money and energy--to look at combining the two bureau's IT infrastructure?" said John Kopec, the FMS chief information officer. "Both organizations have pretty strong CIO organizations. The BPD organization has a lot of scale in providing shared service infrastructure. Some of our applications prior to consolidation already resided at BPD."

Kopec said after looking at the potential savings and efficiency gains, the decision to move forward was pretty easy.

FMS, meanwhile, provides the oversight and governance, such as project management, capital planning and investment control and security, back to BPD.

-Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com

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