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The HR Line of Business (HR LOB) Provider Assessment program is a business practice-based assessment that evaluates the business practices and service delivery for the following approved HR Shared Service Centers (SSCs) and payroll providers1:
The Provider Assessment program supports federal goals to increase efficiency across the government through the adoption and migration to shared services, and the modernization of HRIT solutions. The HR LOB Program Office has collaborated closely with federal customer agencies and the HR LOB providers to develop an assessment that promotes accountability and transparency between the HR LOB providers and customers. The results include the following key objectives:
The Provider Assessment framework is comprised of business practices that have been identified as critical by the HR LOB customers. The business practices are consolidated into the following business categories:
The HR LOB performs the assessment on an annual basis with the support of the HR LOB providers and federal customer agencies. The assessment uses a questionnaire to capture customers’ satisfaction levels and perceptions of quality with their providers’ systems and services. The HR LOB analyzes these results to develop the Provider Assessment reports and share with the individual providers and their customer agencies. The results are also combined to create the aggregated provider results for the Provider Assessment dashboard available here for public access.
To view the aggregated Provider Assessment results, please navigate to the Overall Results and the Business Category Results tabs.
Additional information about the Provider Assessment is available in the Frequently Asked Questions or by contacting the HR LOB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Currently, the HR LOB Provider Assessment does not assess the four approved commercial providers: Accenture National Security Services, Allied Technology Group, Inc., Carahsoft Technology Corporation, and International Business Machines.
In the 2015 Provider Assessment, the HR LOB received 4,678 customer agency participant responses to the 2015 Provider Assessment Customer Questionnaire, resulting in a response rate of 21 percent. The number of participants increased by 113% percent from 2014 to 2015.
The participant population is comprised of three notional employee levels:
Across these three notional levels, the Customer Questionnaire participant breakdown is:
* Due to rounding, not all totals will equal 100 percent.
In August 2005, the OPM Director and each shared service center (SSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with OPM to establish the agreement between OPM and the SSC Agency for the continuation of HR service delivery by the SSC Agency to other Federal agencies. According to the MOU, OPM responsibilities include:
During Fiscal Year 2009 the HR LOB collaborated with both customer agencies and the HR LOB service providers (SSCs and Payroll Providers) to develop the Provider Assessment Program. The Assessment process design was approved by the MAESC in November 2009, and is based on business practices that were considered important by customers of HR LOB service providers.
The assessment was endorsed by the Office of Management and Budget when, in their Fiscal Year 2011 budget pass-back language, they included language instructing OPM to conduct assessments of HR Line of Business service providers. It also required of all service providers to prepare for OPM-administered, regular assessments.
The initial Provider Assessment that occurred between February 2010 and September 2011 was the first cross-government assessment of HR shared service centers and payroll providers. The successful assessment resulted in the following:
Following the initial cycle of assessments, the HR LOB conducted an evaluation of the Provider Assessment Program and collaborated with multiple stakeholder groups to improve the program. In addition, the HR LOB received OMB mandates included in the Federal IT Shared Services Strategy and TechStat recommendations to add customer satisfaction measures to the Provider Assessment and streamline the data collection and reporting process. These changes are reflected in the revised 2013 Provider Assessment Methodology.
If you have any further questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the HR LOB at email@example.com.
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* Due to the phrasing of this question regarding fees, DCPAS has been excluded from the 2013 results.
Additional information about the Provider Assessment is available in the Frequently Asked Questions, or by contacting the HR LOB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** This question was not distributed in 2013.
Additional information about the Provider Assessment is available in the Frequently Asked Questions, or by contacting the HR LOB at email@example.com
The HR LOB conducted the first cycle* of the Provider Assessment for the Federal HR and payroll shared service providers from February 2010 to September 2011. At the conclusion of each assessment, each provider was issued a report containing the results of the assessment. The public versions of the Cycle One Provider Assessment reports are available for download via the links below.
* The 2010 - 2011 Provider Assessment collected data differently than the assessments conducted in 2013 and afterwards. The 2013 and subsequent assessments included customer satisfaction measures and were distributed to a broader sample of respondents. As a result, the 2010 - 2011 results are not reported with the results of the 2013 and subsequent assessments. Please refer to the “Overall Results” and “Business Category Results” tabs to see the results of recently conducted assessments.
**In the 2013 and subsequent Provider Assessments the Department of the Treasury Bureau of the Public Debt – Administrative Resource Center (BPD – ARC) was included with the Department of the Treasury HR Connect in an overall evaluation of the Department of the Treasury’s Treasury Shared Service Center (TSSC).
***During the 2010 - 2011 Provider Assessment the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS) was named the Civilian Personnel Management Service (CPMS), and the Interior Business Center (IBC) was named the National Business Center (NBC).