Standardized Federal Regions:

Little Effect on Agency Management of Personnel

FPCD-77-39: Published: Aug 17, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1977.

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One of the objectives of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in establishing a standard federal region policy is to improve management and economies of personnel which could result in savings among federal departments.

OMB has not stressed management improvements among departments and agencies, and standardizing regional boundaries has been limited to a few agencies with little effect on management and use of personnel and facilities. Action has not been taken on opportunities offered by standardization for consolidating support service facilities and reducing personnel. The coordinating groups, Federal Executive Boards and Federal Regional Councils, have promoted some common service operations, but their proposals for management improvement must be approved by OMB and the affected agencies. The General Services Administration (GSA) has authority to develop and provide common services, but agencies seem reluctant to participate in programs in which they would relinquish some control. Neither OMB nor GSA has pressed agencies to develop common service programs.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: OMB, with participation of GSA should: (1) reevaluate emphasis on providing opportunities for management improvements and economies under the standard federal region policy, giving adequate consideration to the President's plans for reorganizing the executive branch; (2) formulate, initiate, and direct an aggressive program to consolidate or centralize common administrative support and central supporting services where practicable, and obtain commitment of top-level officials to the programs; (3) encourage agencies to identify functions practicable for consolidation; and (4) reevaluate and redefine responsibilities of Federal Executive Boards and Federal Regional Councils.

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