The General Services Administration announced Sept. 27 that it had awarded its 10-year, $2.5 billion NewPay cloud contract for payroll, leave management and work scheduling to two industry teams.

“NewPay demonstrates how the government will better coordinate and document common business needs across agencies by focusing on outcomes, data and cross-functional end-to-end business processes,” said GSA Deputy Associate Administrator for Governmentwide Policy Beth Angerman in a press release.

“Common standards are the key that will drive economies of scale and leverage the government’s buying power.”

A team comprised of Carahsoft Technology Corporation, Immix Technology and Deloitte Consulting LLP was awarded a blanket purchase agreement for its software-as-a-service solution “Kronos and SAP.”

And a team made up of Grant Thornton, The Arcanum Group Inc. and CGI Federal was also awarded a BPA for its SaaS solution “Infor.”

“GSA is excited to deliver increased value to taxpayers and offer our partners in government a modern, efficient and effective approach to payroll through NewPay,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy.

”NewPay strongly aligns with the Trump administration’s efforts to be more efficient, make wise investments of taxpayer funds and shift the focus from low- to high-value work by modernizing government processes and systems. Additionally, by utilizing SaaS solutions, NewPay will continue to create ongoing value by empowering agencies to continue modernizing their systems.”

According to the press release, the new BPAs align with the fifth cross agency priority goal established in the President’s Management Agenda, which aims to streamline administrative services across the government.

“Today’s announcement of the NewPay awardees is an important step in our shared services journey as part of the President’s Management Agenda,” said Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent.

“I look forward to seeing federal agencies have the opportunity to utilize leading business capabilities and dedicate greater agency focus on mission.”