US government to migrate payroll systems to the cloud US government to migrate payroll systems to the cloud

US government to migrate payroll systems to the cloud
08 Jun 2018

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a pre-solicitation notice to move the operation and maintenance of its payroll system to a Software-as-a-Service-based (SaaS) model.

The aim is to “enable agencies to focus more resources on core mission priorities and deploy modern and secure work schedule, leave management and payroll solutions to support a modern workforce," the body said.

In 2002, the US federal government began consolidating 26 of its payroll centres down to four, saving taxpayers more than US$1 billion over 10 years and enabling agencies to redeploy resources to the frontline, according to FEDweek.

But said Beth Angerman, who heads the GSA's Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement: "Our outdated and costly IT infrastructure limits providers' ability to adopt modern ways of business that drive improved efficiencies and outcomes. Often, legacy solutions are unable to easily share data, resulting in staff hours spent manually updating systems based on paper forms."

Over the last two years, the GSA, the Office of Personnel Management and the federal shared service providers for payroll have been building common government-wide standards to enable the government to purchase a SaaS system for undertaking payroll, work scheduling and leave management.

FCW indicated that the pre-solicitation notice, which was listed on the GSA eBuy system, closed on 1 June.

 Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a pre-solicitation notice to move the operation and maintenance of its payroll system to a Software-as-a-Service-based (SaaS) model.

The aim is to “enable agencies to focus more resources on core mission priorities and deploy modern and secure work schedule, leave management and payroll solutions to support a modern workforce," the body said.

In 2002, the US federal government began consolidating 26 of its payroll centres down to four, saving taxpayers more than US$1 billion over 10 years and enabling agencies to redeploy resources to the frontline, according to FEDweek.

But said Beth Angerman, who heads the GSA's Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement: "Our outdated and costly IT infrastructure limits providers' ability to adopt modern ways of business that drive improved efficiencies and outcomes. Often, legacy solutions are unable to easily share data, resulting in staff hours spent manually updating systems based on paper forms."

Over the last two years, the GSA, the Office of Personnel Management and the federal shared service providers for payroll have been building common government-wide standards to enable the government to purchase a SaaS system for undertaking payroll, work scheduling and leave management.

FCW indicated that the pre-solicitation notice, which was listed on the GSA eBuy system, closed on 1 June.

 Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

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