Thursday, 7 February 2019

Ceisteanna (102)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

102. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the national shared services office will be fully established; the original budgeted cost for the office; the cost incurred to date; the status of the contract with a company (details supplied) in relation to the office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6234/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

Following clarification received that the Deputy is referring to the Financial Management Shared Services (FMSS) Project and not the establishment of the National Shared Services Office (NSSO), I can confirm the following:

The expected date of completion for the FMSS Project, and therefore the date when the new Finance Shared Services Centre will be fully established, is not currently confirmed, due to the scale and complexity of this project.

The business case supporting the FMSS Project was approved by Government in 2016. This business case set out that the finance administration from 48 Departments and Offices would be transferred into one centralised Government finance team and system, reducing the number of systems from 31 to 1. The process of transferring Departments and Offices to the new system will take place over in a series of waves over a three to four year period.

The original budget for the FMSS Project, approved by the Government in 2016, is €47.34m (excluding VAT). The total costs incurred to date, including accrued costs, are €33.7m (including VAT). The contract with the company (details supplied) is currently active and engagement is ongoing with the project team.