Changes at GSA as Trump’s Federal IT Budget Priorities Unveiled
Following the unveiling last week of President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, the General Services Administration (GSA) – the agency tasked with supporting the basic administrative functions of the rest of the federal government – appears to be among the agencies that could see dramatic changes.
Included in the president’s budget proposal is a call for the creation of a Technology Business Management (TBM) program office, “which would be tasked with coordinating implementation of TBM across the federal government.”
According to FedScoop, TBM is “a methodology around IT savings accrued through spending transparency.” The Trump administration has signaled that it plans to push for government-wide implementation of TBM and the proposal to create the office within GSA is in keeping with the suggestions of the 2016 report produced by the Federal Commission on IT Cost, Opportunity, Strategy, and Transparency.
The report recommended that the Office of Management and Budget “should consider the GSA for the TBM center of excellence. The GSA is the first major U.S. federal agency to implement the TBM taxonomy, cost modeling, reporting, and metrics. In doing so, the agency is paving the way for other agencies to do the same.”
The budget may also bring changes for GSA’s Unified Shared Services Management (USSM) office and the agency’s Office of Executive Councils – the body responsible for the various “C-suite” councils (e.g. the CHCO Council, CIO Council, et al). Included in GSA’s 2019 Congressional budget justification is a proposal that the two offices be merged to form the Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement (SSPI).
USSM Executive Director Beth Angerman, who would head the newly-formed SSPI office as its Deputy Associate Administrator, praised the decision.
Angerman said, “This order formalizes our approach to leveraging common CXO stakeholders to help better align and promote the priorities of the administration, align common data and leverage subject matter expertise to make government more effective and efficient,” she said. “This merger and new office will help us bring together communities to promote the shared service goals and also help implement many other critical priorities that we expect to see in the President’s Management Agenda.”
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