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Kent Murphy Shared Services CAP Goal Update Hints at Three More QSMOs

A new update to the Sharing Quality Services cross-agency priority (CAP) goal, released June 20, lays out the timeline for the currently designated quality services management offices (QSMOs), and hints at three more areas for the new, centralized approach to shared services.

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  2. OFPP Head Highlights What OMB’s Doing to Streamline Acquisition

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