“Successful management reforms in the Federal Government need to have legislative underpinnings so they have permanence and consistency over time, no matter who’s in the White House or who’s leading departments and agencies.”

Gene Dodaro
US Comptroller General

Shared Services Now

What is the Shared Services Leadership Coalition?

The Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC) is a single-purpose, IRS-approved 501 (c) (6) non-profit coalition of companies, nonprofits, and individuals providing educational and government relations support for legislation to accelerate shared services implementation in the Federal Government.

What are Shared Services?

“Shared Services” is a business model for delivery of common back office administrative services, e.g., human resources (HR), financial management (FM), purchasing, etc., and common mission-support services, e.g., geospatial services, in which customer organizations receive services from third party providers with high capacity platforms who can serve multiple customers more cost-effectively than individual customers can serve themselves. After decades of evolution, shared services has become the default delivery mode for common business transactions in leading public and private sector organizations throughout the world. Global experience demonstrates typical cost savings of 25% to 40% and better service over self-service models. The advent of “cloud” technologies is creating ever-increasing opportunities to drive “commodity” transactions to shared service business models.

SSLC Vision of Future State Federal Shared Services

The SSLC shares and supports realization of the future Federal shared services marketplace envisioned by industry and government reform leaders as articulated by the Partnership for Public Service’s Shared Services Roundtable:

“Federal shared services should operate in an open, dynamic, smartly governed marketplace wherein larger scale, highly modernized and higher-performing government and commercial shared service providers compete and collaborate in the business of serving customer agencies, and customers are empowered to freely choose their providers based on reliable market information. The market should operate and be governed by sound, consistent and transparent business rules and best practices that will drive the market towards increasingly higher states of shared service utilization, performance, innovation, accountability, cost-savings and customer service.”

Partnership for Public Service, Shared Services Roundtable, November 2014

Why is legislation necessary?

Shared services implementation has been underway in the Federal Government for decades with support from Presidential Administrations of both parties. Progress has been excruciatingly slow and discontinuous across administrations. The leading success story to date has been Federal payroll – but it has taken 26 years to consolidate from dozens of agency-specific platforms to today’s four government-wide platforms. This glacial pace of progress is unacceptable and fails to meet the needs of a 21st Century government. The absence of a legislative mandate has been a critical missing success factor. As noted by US Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, “Successful management reforms in the Federal Government need to have legislative underpinnings so they have permanence and consistency over time, no matter who’s in the White House or who’s leading departments and agencies.” To realize the SSLC vision, legislation is necessary to:

  • Create a vision, roadmap and timetable for modernization and full-scale implementation
  • Establish consistent, transparent business rules, performance metrics and governance to enable providers to compete fairly and customers to make informed choices
  • Remove statutory barriers to shared service modernization and cross-agency  business transactions
  • Authorize government shared service providers as businesslike, high performance organizations
  • Secure an appropriate role for the private sector as direct and indirect providers in the shared services marketplace
  • Oversee and enforce timely implementation and cost savings realization (i.e., a strong compliance mechanism).

Our Team

John Marshall

John Marshall is a nationally recognized thought leader in government shared services. He is passionate about their potential to transform government, and he has published articles, testified to Congress and advised the White House about them.

John has been actively advising the Obama Administration through the Partnership for Public Service’s Shared Services Roundtable project since 2014. He founded the Shared Services Leadership Coalition to leverage thought leadership from industry and the “good government” community in advocating legislation necessary to accelerate Federal shared services implementation and fully realize the Roundtable’s vision of a dynamic, public-private shared services marketplace.

John has previously served in Federal practice leadership and corporate strategy roles with IBM and CGI; as adviser to the Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs; and at OMB when payroll shared services began in the mid-1980s. He has served as CEO of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and as chief management officer of the US Agency for International Development and the agency now known as the USDA Farm Service Agency – roles in which he also served on the boards of the State Department’s overseas interagency shared services organization, and USDA departmental and interagency shared services.

John has served on numerous advisory boards and commissions appointed by Congress, the Governor of Virginia and the Arlington County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, he has BA and MBA degrees from the University of Virginia. He lives in McLean, Virginia and is an avid Washington Nationals baseball fan. He and his wife, Charlotte, enjoy classical music and taking bicycle trips to explore beautiful places around the world.

John Duncan

John Duncan brings to the SSLC deep knowledge and extensive experience in Federal legislative, oversight and policy processes.  He has held senior executive positions the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Executive Branch.  He is the Principal of John M. Duncan and Associates and affiliated with The Livingston Group where he leads the firm’s Financial Services and Tax practice.

John is a successful leader of legislative efforts to pass landmark government reform legislation.  In previous roles as Chief of Staff and Committee Staff Director for U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr (R-DE), John participated in major legislative initiatives under Roth’s chairmanship of both the Senate Finance and Governmental Affairs Committees, including the Government Performance and Results Act, the Clinger-Cohen Information Technology Management Reform Act, welfare reform, Medicare reform, pension reform, creation of the Roth IRA, IRS reform, numerous tax reform bills, trade expansion, and creation of the Federal retirees’ Thrift Saving Plan.

As Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs in the Bush-43 Administration, John worked closely with the White House and Congressional leadership to enact several tax reform bills, corporate financial reforms for Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE), the Sarbanes/Oxley Act, terrorism risk insurance and deposit insurance reform, pension overhaul legislation, renewal of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, adoption of the Patriot Act, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and creation of the Office of Terrorist Financing in the Department of the Treasury.

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, John received his bachelor of science from the University of Illinois and master’s degree from the New School in New York City.  John and his wife Marcia and son John live and enjoy life in and around Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

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Tad Anderson

Alan Balutis

Roger Baker

Richard Beutel

Dan Blair

Doug Bourgeois

Jonathan Breul

Rob Burton

Mike Carleton

Dan Chenok

John Cherbini

Alan Chvotkin

John Condon

Mary Ellen Condon

Tim Cooke

Mukesh Dalal

Glenn Davidson

Tom Davis

Judy Douglas

Karen Evans

Nicholas Evans

David Fisher

Mark Forman

Peter Gallagher

Steve Galvan

Michael Garland

Steve Goodrich

Kevin Greer

Bob Haycock

Pat Healy

Mike Hettinger

Hudson Hollister

Jim Holt

Elaine Kamarck

John Kamensky

Steve Kelman

Lou Kerestesy

Kathryn Kienast

Jeff Koch

Todd Lamonia

Anne Laurent

Vincent Ley

Jerry Lohfink

Todd Lyle

Dave Mayo

Dave McClure

Kimberly McCabe

Donna Morea

Kim Nelson

Marta Perez

Remo Perini

Andre Pinto-Lobo

Paul Posner

Musharaf Rashid

Tim Rund

John Salamone

Mike Sauer

Robert Shea

John Sindelar

Stan Soloway

Richard Spires

Hal Steinberg

Lena Trudeau

Leif Ulstrup

Bob Understein

David M. Walker

Sherry Weir

Jim Williams

Dave Wennergren

Gene Zapfel

In the News

Administration Shared Services Announcement Excellent Start But Legislation Needed for Remaining Challenges
Washington, D.C. – October 22, 2015 The Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC) today applauded Dave Mader, Acting Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, for announcing changes that will position the Administration for greater success in streamlining and modernizing of the federal government’s back office functions like financial management, human resources and purchasing, by accelerating use of a business model known as shared services.
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Federal Shared Services: Why Legislation is Necessary (April 2015)
This SSLC white paper explains why Congressional action is necessary to accelerate shared services implementation and describes the aims and particulars of the Coalition’s proposed legislation.
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The Pursuit of Government Efficiency: Opportunities to Advance Federal Shared Services
AGA/Accenture, Annual CIO Survey, January 2015. The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are making important strides in establishing the federal shared services marketplace. In 2013, OMB issued guidance on implementing financial management shared services, followed by designating, in May 2014, four agencies as Federal Shared Services Providers (FSSPs).
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Partnership for Public Service, Shared Services Roundtable Report
By sharing resources and services across common management and mission areas, otherwise known as “shared services,” federal agencies can leverage efficiencies of scale and improve the quality of their core operations by working within an entire department and, ideally, across departments.
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New Coalition Aims to Save $50 Billion in Federal Money Per Year
Washington, D.C. – Launching today in the nation’s capital, the Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC) will push for streamlining and modernizing of the federal government’s back office functions like financial management, human resources and purchasing, by accelerating use of a business model known as shared services.
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Shared services now: A common-sense step toward 21st century government
What if there was a common sense way to save $50 billion per year in taxpayer dollars by streamlining and modernizing the federal bureaucracy – with no adverse impacts on critical missions or programs? What if modernization also enhanced government performance, transparency, accountability and cyber security? Would our political leaders be capable of putting aside partisan differences and agreeing to a no-brainer that’s good for government and taxpayers, and would help bring our archaic government into the 21st century?
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John Marshall, CEO, Shared Services Leadership Coalition
Everyone seems to agree: The use of shared services could save government agencies a lot of time and money. As the reasoning goes, why should multiple agencies have separate and expensive HR or financial systems all doing essentially the same functions? John Marshall is the founder and CEO of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition. This long-term federal senior executive joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to share some ideas for shared services.
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New coalition helps agencies ‘pick up the pace’ on shared services
Shared services providers could potentially save the federal government $50 billion per year, according to John Marshall, founder and CEO of a newly-created coalition.
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OMB’s Dave Mader: A zealot for shared services
David Mader came back for a second tour of duty in government to work on some of the most pressing federal financial management issues.
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Building a Shared Services Marketplace, Partnership for Public Service, Shared Services Roundtable Report, March 2015
Shared services has an evolutionary history in the federal government, growing gradually over the years through the initiatives of various administrations. Early department-wide consolidations of administrative functions such as payroll led to the emergence of lines of business (LOB), and the creation of government shared services providers. While many shared service initiatives are spearheaded by federal agencies, the private sector contributes to their success by providing critical resources and support.
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Shared Services as ‘Growth Hormone’ For DATA Act.
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act — enacted unanimously by Congress last year and signed into law by the president on May 9, 2014 — is about to celebrate its first birthday.
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DATA Act at Year 1: In Need of a Growth Hormone, Hudson Hollister and John Marshall, NextGov, May 8, 2015
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Shared Services: A Key to a Modern Federal Cyber Strategy, Dave McClure and John Marshall, Federal News Radio,
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Shared Services: A Key to a Modern Federal Cyber Strategy, Dave McClure and John Marshall; Interview with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio, July 20, 2015.
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Shared services need a clearer road map, The Obama administration has announced a new governance structure to guide implementation of shared services through the end of the president’s term. The plan has received positive reviews from stakeholders for its close alignment with portions of a landmark report issued earlier this year by the Partnership for Public Service’s Shared Services Roundtable.
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Following the Path to Shared Services Government’s business infrastructure continues to lag behind, but it can quickly catch up with some congressional muscle.
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A watershed moment for shared services Last month, top officials from the Obama Administration and industry met at the Partnership for Public Service. Their goal was to improve the implementation of shared services across government.
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Brian Siegel: Agencies find it hard to play nice with shared services Play nice and share. A good prescription for little kids and for federal agencies trying to cut administrative and IT costs. But for kids and federal managers, shared services can be an uphill push. Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Brian Siegel, principal in the federal consulting practice at Deloitte, why that is.
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Acquisition Shared Services: Progress, Lessons and Opportunities The federal government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, yet agencies frequently make purchases with little insight into what other agencies are buying. In fiscal year 2014, for example, more than 500 departments and agencies across the federal government spent more than $420 billion in purchases…
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Human Resources Shared Services: Progress, Lessons and Opportunities The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte collaborated on this study, which reinforces that using shared services can help consolidate separate, overlapping and duplicative processes and systems—from human resources and acquisitions to financial management and information technology—to improve how government operates.
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A Call to Action on Shared Services Federal agencies remain fiercely committed to their missions and continue to tackle large and complex issues even as budgets shrink. However, in carrying out efforts such as keeping our communities safe, our water clean and our population healthy, agencies often perform work that isn’t part of their core mission.
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