New task groups will analyze HR, financial IT

ORLANDO-Fla.'The Office of Management and the Budget has formed two task groups to study ways for the government to consolidate human resources and financial systems.

The groups stem from OMB plans laid out in the administration's responses to agencies' fiscal 2005 budget submissions (Click for Jan. 12 GCN story). OMB expects to reduce the funding allotted to financial and HR systems by eliminating duplicative systems in use across government.

The goal of the groups' studies is to get beyond the obvious and provoke discussion about new opportunities for better ways to work, said Karen Evans, OMB's administrator for e-government and IT.

"What we want to do is make a recommendation that is not premeditated,' not strictly about consolidating a certain number of systems into one or more other systems and saving money, said Evans, who unveiled the task groups today at the Information Processing Interagency Conference.

OMB plans to issue a request for information to gather suggestions on the best ways to consolidate agencies' systems, she said.

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