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GSA Wants Disruptive Tech for Shared Services

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The General Services Administration wants industry to show it how software-as-a-service deployments could disrupt the way the federal government handles administration functions.

In a request for information released Tuesday, GSA’s newly created Unified Shared Services Management office seeks a better understanding of industry capabilities across administrative services referenced in the Office of Management and Budget memorandum M-16-11, including financial management, human resources, acquisition and information technology.

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The RFI also seeks innovative ideas on SaaS capabilities across those lines of service, but also “industry ideas on documentation of governmentwide needs and public-private partnership funding models.”

“This is an important step toward understanding how we can change the way government does business internally," said Beth Angerman, executive director of USSM, in a statement. "Improving administrative services ultimately helps the government be better equipped to deliver its core mission and save the taxpayers money.”

A SaaS model could give the government more flexibility in the services it delivers and help achieve economies of scale.

USSM, per its mission to enable delivery of high-value shared services across government, will accept industry responses through Feb. 28.

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