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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified ways to reduce the number of civilian payroll systems used in the government and methods to reduce the development, maintenance, and operating costs of the systems.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Office of Management and Budget 1. The Director, OMB, should lead the effort to reduce the costs of civilian payroll systems by developing unit operating cost standards for payroll systems, requiring agencies to identify and report operating costs for their payroll systems, and requiring high-cost systems to meet the standard or convert to or merge with another system.
Closed - Implemented
OMB took the lead in this effort and has developed cost standards.
Office of Management and Budget 2. The Director, OMB, for the long-range future, should establish a mechanism with departments and agencies to: (1) determine the appropriate number of civilian payroll systems the government should operate; (2) develop a plan for moving existing systems toward this number; and (3) review, coordinate, and approve all payroll system development proposals in light of the plan for future systems and the operating cost standard.
Closed - Implemented
OMB is working with agencies to define the optimal number of payroll systems. The number of systems may even reduced to approximately 11.
Office of Management and Budget 3. The Director, OMB, should lead the effort to reduce the costs of civilian payroll systems by ensuring that all departments and agencies can obtain technical advice and assistance regarding the development, maintenance, and operation of payroll systems.
Closed - Implemented
OMB has developed this technical assistance capability.

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