September 25, 2019

Who says Shared Services are Only for Back Office Functions?

by Dave Cassidy, Vice President The consensus answer is: almost everyone. The problem is that almost everyone is wrong. By eliminating duplicative work and saving taxpayer’s money, federal shared services can have a huge impact on modernizing IT in the federal…
April 30, 2019

Shared Services Gets Needed Governance in New Memo M‑19–16

by Dave Cassidy, Vice President OMB has given federal shared services a renewed boost with memo M‑19–16, Centralized Mission Support Capabilities for the Federal Government. While there’s plenty of new ideas in this memo, and it rescinds a ton of older guidance…
March 21, 2019

Infographic: Helping Senior Executives File Their Financial Disclosures

Among the checks and balances of our democracy is the vetting process that senior leaders in the Federal Government undergo. Every appointee is carefully vetted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and sometimes the Office…
March 14, 2019

GSA Touts Shared Services as the Next Wave of IT Modernization

As reported by MeriTalk, GSA Director Emily Murphy spoke yesterday to the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, and much of what she said focused on the potential for shared services to modernize federal IT and…
November 6, 2018

The Shared Services Management Model

At 25 years old, we tend to think we know everything in the universe. While our younger selves might have been mistaken, TCG’s 25 years of supporting multiple federal shared services have certainly taught us a thing or two. The Shared…
April 10, 2018

Communities for Sharing, Learning, and Growing

By Michael Drescher The American Council for Technology (ACT) and Industry Advisory Council (IAC), also known as ACT-IAC, is a non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology. ACT-IAC provides a forum where government and industry exchange information…
April 3, 2018

Lessons Learned From A Data Center Meltdown

By Al Crowley, Senior Software Engineer at TCG Recently a TCG project, the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC), suffered a week-long outage. It was painful, nerve-wracking, and frustrating for everyone involved. NITRC is hosted in a large third-party academic data center…
December 18, 2017

Shared Services that Streamline Government Processes

Built from a shared service, as a shared service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Budget Formulation and Execution Manager (BFEM.gov) supports the strategic planning, formulation, and performance management of the federal budget. Initially designed as a tool for the Treasury to collect information…
June 28, 2017

Shared Services Maximize Federal Grants for Discovery Science

The Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC) is one of TCG’s longest-running projects and is among the most fruitful government shared services. What started as a small project to create a way for the federally funded neuroscience community to share their…
March 27, 2017

Paying for Federal IT Innovation

Like a frugal friend that tracks every penny they spend, the government is constantly looking for ways to save money. The new administration, especially, is eager to find savings. By some accounts, President Trump wants to cut up to $10.5 trillion…