White House Debuts Shared Services Catalog

April 16, 2013

The government’s team of top information technology officials published a catalog of shared services on Tuesday aimed at helping agencies save money on IT services.

Agencies will be able to use the catalog to shop for IT services provided by other agencies that are cheaper than they could provide on their own. The catalog isn’t visible to the public.

The Federal Chief Information Officers Council also released 48 pages of detailed guidance explaining how agencies should determine which IT services are ripe for consolidation and which other agencies are best to procure them from.

Both projects involve building a multi-disciplinary team of officials who use the service and performing a cost-benefit analysis of shifting to a shared version of the service. Agencies may identify shared services opportunities during regular asset reviews and capital planning sessions, the guidance said.

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