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Interior revamps business center

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The Interior Department’s National Business Center has been restructured and is now the Interior Business Center, according to a Dec. 6 announcement.

Officials say the restructuring will allow the center to operate more efficiently. The shared-services provider offers business solutions to Interior and other federal agencies.

“The new, streamlined Interior Business Center focuses on delivering a core set of complementary business services in the areas of human resources, acquisition, financial management and indirect cost services,” said Rhea Suh, the department’s assistant secretary for policy, management and budget, in a statement.

Suh said Interior officials surveyed customers and employees, conducted strategic assessments, and met with focus groups to find ways to transform the center. The department is taking a phased, cost-sensitive approach to the transition.

Center officials have until Dec. 31 to send Suh plans for assuming responsibility for awarding IT contracts that all bureaus and offices can use.

“The organization has positioned itself on a strategic path toward becoming the premier shared-services provider for Interior and for other parts of the federal government,” Suh said.

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Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Dig Into the Details!!!

So, please explain to the taxpayers where providing "...a core set of complementary business services in the areas of human resources, acquisition, financial management and indirect cost services" to other Federal agencies is a core part of DOI's mission to the Nation. It all sounds good on the surface, but once you get beneath the covers at these "shared service centers," you will discover that services are actually delivered by a pretty predictable stable of large businesses. One perspective that is gaining ground in the small business community is that these Federal Shared Service Centers compete with the private sector for business and create a kind of monopoly for the large business concerns who actually perform the services behind the scenes. All these arrangements are conducted by Inter-Agency Agreements and this entire area need more Congressional and watchdog scrutiny.

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