OMB looks for more functions to merge

The administration's next set of initiatives targeted for consolidation are coming into focus.

Richard Burk, the Office of Management and Budget's chief architect, said late last month that groups either have started or will start analyzing four new areas for functions that are common across all agencies and could be standardized or consolidated. These areas are budget formulation and execution; records management; IT infrastructure, telecommunications and desktop; and procurement.

An interagency group of budget officers has already started defining functions all agencies share and how they fit with the Financial Management Line of Business effort.

'They have met three times and are collecting information,' Burk said at a panel discussion in Washington sponsored by the Association for Federal Information Resources Managers.

'We are breaking down the joint business cases and analyzing them,' he said. 'Agency expenditures are increasing, and we think they should decrease or at least stabilize. We want to look at where the costs can be decreased while maintaining efficiencies.' Burk said OMB would finish that analysis this summer.

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