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State Services Commission ponders Central Agency Shared Services pullout

State Services Commission ponders Central Agency Shared Services pullout

Central Agency Shared Services consortium may lose a key member

Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) may lose a key member in SSC

Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) may lose a key member in SSC

The State Services Commission (SSC) is considering pulling out of a 2012 shared services agreement with Treasury and The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet..

A tender released this month says SSC is seeking infrastructure, telecommunications and desktop-as-a-service solutions.

"This is an opportunity for SSC to build some capacity internally, so proposals that outline known successful operating models are welcome," the tender states.

Deputy Commissioner Debbie Power says the State Services Commission is reviewing the way it shares services with other central agencies in the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) consortium.

"Regardless of the outcome of the review, the Commission will continue to work closely with the other central agencies," she adds. "No decisions have been made."

The tender says the SSC has changed significantly, revisited its strategic plan, realigned its business and implemented a new operating model to support transformation.

"The new operating model requires staff to be able to work effectively in assigned teams but also across the commission on shared priorities," the tender states.

"To support this way of working we have implemented a fully flexible, mobile working environment. We have now undertaken a review of the corporate services required to support that new operating model."

Furthermore, the Treasury says that if SSC does opt for a new service provider, CASS will remain viable.

"SSC is a comparatively small share of CASS’s business – around 15 per cent," Treasury told Reseller News. "The majority of associated costs are demand driven."

While SSC is going to market, the services tendered all appear to be available through procurement panels already established by the Department of Internal Affairs.

"Because of our small size, it makes sense to open up to vendors already approved by all-of-government panels, as well as the open market,” Power adds.

Going forward, Treasury says that CASS will be moving the central agencies to an "as-a-service" model, which will be more cost-effective for participating agencies.

"This move has long been CASS’s intent and is consistent with the Government ICT Strategy," Treasury adds.

Currently the CASS service provides Chris21 for payroll, FinanceOne and a suite of HR solutions including Shiva, and Snaphire.

CASS was founded in 2012 with the aims of saving $1 million a year, improving capability and reducing risk.


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