Shared Services in government is nothingnew. The idea began in the 1980s with the consolidation of payroll and some other administrative functions. In the '90s the focus was on creating entities that could provide common business functions across government and, in that effort, become a cost center.
The 2000s saw the rise of the term 'Line of Business' that looked at common business functions across government to identify opportunities to transform, streamline and share. The Obama Administration looked specifically to IT as a shared service, releasing the Federal IT Shared Services Strategy that provided federal agency chief information officers and key stakeholders guidance. This guidance focused on the implementation of shared IT services as a key principle of their efforts to eliminate waste and duplication, with the intention to reinvest in innovative mission systems.
Vienna, VA; Digital Government Institute (DGI), which produces targeted, leading-edge education and networking programs for the government IT community, announced Shawn DuBravac, the Chief Economist and Senior Director of Research with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, will deliver the opening keynote address at the inaugural 930gov "Strategic Buying at Year-End" IT Showcase.