GSA seeks to modernize federal payroll

The General Services Administration wants feedback on solutions for modernizing the delivery of federal payroll through Unified Shared Services Management (USSM).

The goal is to improve the execution and cost efficiency of payroll management. There is a particular emphasis on calculating individual gross and net pay.

Under the request for information, GSA want feedback on eight components for the modernization effort:

  • Gross to net payroll calculation
  • Payroll identity and access management federation
  • Self-service for employees, managers, and human resource/payroll specialists
  • Upfront data validation
  • Cloud technologies for payroll
  • Payroll data management
  • Standardized traceability of functional requirements to technical requirements
  • Comprehensive workflow management capability

In the early 2000s, the federal government launched the ePayroll initiative, which streamlined payroll processing across government. In October, the Office of Management and Budget announced the formation of the USSM Office to deliver shared services that improve performance and efficiency of payroll.

“This kind of collaboration across the government shows our ability to achieve economies of scale and reduce duplicative investments,” said Beth Angerman, executive director of USSM at GSA.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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