Modernized HR management image with hands

GSA begins plans to upgrade fed payroll system

The General Services Administration is now in the beginning stages of plans to upgrade and modernize its civilian federal employee payroll system.

On May 17, GSA’s Office of Shared Solutions and Program Improvement issued a pre-solicitation notice seeking contractors to develop either a payroll-only solution or a payroll solution, work schedule and leave management solution to work with its software, NewPay.

“NewPay will provide user friendly self-service options, future cost-avoidance and increased efficiency in a secure environment,” GSA said in press release.

Currently, the federal government uses four independent payroll systems that do not have common data or interoperability standards.

“This means transferring employees between agencies and providers requires manual processes and hard-copy forms, which translates to labor hours and tax dollars. It also means we are missing out on critical data that could be used to better manage the federal workforce as the government attempts to move to a more nimble and highly-skilled model,” the release notes.

The NewPay initiative will streamline and consolidate payroll, leave management and work schedule services.

The contract could reach over $2.5 billion and last for 10 to 13 years.

Reader comments

Wed, May 23, 2018

Careful for what you buy, especially the lowest bidder with outsourced personnel. This will do the federal employees much good in the long run. This must be a collaboration between Clinton/Obama/Trump on how to show they appreciate the work that is done by civil servants.

Tue, May 22, 2018

I must agree with the comment above. Perhaps GSA should bring a band of "old war horses" out of retirement -- you know, those of us who have had to use some of the very bad contracts GSA is (in)famous for. At least we know what the mistakes were.

Tue, May 22, 2018

Like the OPM breach of personnel data, GSA will select the outsourced lowest bidder from overseas, this surely will put America first (inline for more data breaches and severe consequences for employees of the federal government.)

Mon, May 21, 2018 Arlington, Va.

Please be careful about Cloud storage, all we need is to end up with that hijacked by China too, or waylaid for ransom by India (here in the states...). Redundancy! Yes! Hard disc backup out there in...somewhere safe... Really safe. GSA? Haven't all of their Statement of Work writers retired? What's left can't spell can they? Perhaps redundancy in contract review is a very good idea also. Maybe the Progressives abolished the Procurement regs too, or gave them to Mexico to rewrite. Just watching the action, and on this one, with great trepidation.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above


Edward A. Zurndorfer Certified Financial Planner
Mike Causey Columnist
Tom Fox VP for Leadership and Innovation, Partnership for Public Service
Mathew B. Tully Legal Analyst

Free E-Newsletter


I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

Latest Forum Posts

Ask the Expert

Have a question regarding your federal employee benefits or retirement?

Submit a question