The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the General Services Administration (GSA) announced an interagency agreement to build up GSA’s Technology Transformation Services’ (TTS) Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative that will help stabilize OPM’s legacy IT systems and ease modernization efforts.

The agreement for the initiative, which is being led by TTS Director Anil Cheriyan and GSA’s Office of the CIO (GSA IT), comes on the heels of a proposal to reorganize OPM and move a series of its functions under the purview of GSA.

“GSA is proud of the success that has been demonstrated by our Centers of Excellence initiative at both USDA [Department of Agriculture] and HUD [Housing and Urban Development],” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy in a release. “We are excited to begin the CoE discovery phase with OPM and leverage the expertise of our GSA IT team as we work with OPM to modernize their IT capabilities.”

Together, GSA and OPM will address critical technology needs by focusing on IT Workforce Planning; IT Planning and Governance; Mainframe and Disaster Recovery Planning; and Retirement Services Technology Portfolio.

“By partnering with GSA – a proven leader in Federal IT and technology contracting – through the CoEs, we are taking steps toward long-overdue transformation in OPM’s IT infrastructure and operations,” said OPM Acting Director Margaret Weichert.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.