Cabinet office relaunches shared services centre plans

The Cabinet Office has relaunched plans for a shared services centre that could serve several government departments.

It is looking for suppliers who can transfer centralised administration systems such as HR and IT to a shared services initiative.

The eGovernment Unit of the Cabinet Office, responsible for the procurement, wants to include as many as 10 departments and agencies in the scheme, in a bid to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

A Cabinet Office spokesman told the Government Computing News website: “The contract on offer is to provide ICT for the Cabinet Office. This work is part of Project Isaac, which was set up by the IT team in November to find a new ICT contract to support the Cabinet Office after April 2007, when the contract with our current provider HP Services expires.”

Original plans under the programme were for a shared HR system to be used by the Cabinet Office, Treasury and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

However, the plans were shelved last year because it was considered too expensive. It is hoped the revamped scheme will benefit from greater economies of scale.

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