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IBC NEWS Winter 2014

IBC NEWS - Keeping Our Customers Connected - Winter 2014


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Message from Director Joe Ward

Dear Customers:

Our IBC NEWS Winter 2014 highlights our customer focus and dedication to supporting your business functions through our extensive offering of shared services. Our successful partnerships with client agencies maximize customer value and experience, creating efficiencies and economies of scale. We, at the Interior Business Center, are committed to reflect your voice in everything we do. We align our actions to your needs, ensuring clean audit opinions, processing off-cycle payments, and delivering training and resources to enable a better understanding of the complex federal acquisition process. Working collaboratively, we are constantly looking into new ways to do things in the government. Furthermore, we are always open to your feedback, suggestions and comments.


Joe Ward
Director, Interior Business Center

Clean Audit Opinions

The Interior Business Center received recognition for its contributions to customers receiving clean audit opinions. Recently, the Office of Special Council’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) congratulated IBC’s financial management staff on their outstanding work to ensure a clean opinion for the FY 2013 audit. IBC was also commended for its contributions to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) 17th consecutive clean audit opinion and for the support to DOI’s Deputy CFO and the Office of Financial Management to be one of the first organizations to submit the required FY 2013 Agency Financial Report to OMB (tied with NASA). Read more >

Photo of Julie Bednar.

New Deputy Director for IBC's Human Resources

Julie Bednar is the new Deputy Associate Director for the Interior Business Center's Human Resources Directorate. Julie works directly with IBC's HRD Associate Director, LC Williams, and is also a member of IBC's Senior Leadership Team. Read More >

eTravel Demos

To support its customers in the migration to the next generation of the federal government’s web-based travel management services, the Interior Business Center (IBC) recently hosted a day of demos in Washington, D.C. The two GSA awarded eTravel vendors, Carlson Wagonlit Sato Travel and Concur Technologies, provided demonstrations of their electronic travel systems second award/phase (ETS2) to current and potential eTravel clients. Read more >

Technology Showcase


The Interior Business Center will host its first annual technology showcase on April 10, 2014 at the Main Interior Building, in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the event is to share information about new and emerging technologies with potential to help DOI bureaus and offices meet their missions more efficiently and effectively. Read more >

The BioSwimmer is a modular unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), which has been uniquely optimized for tight quarters and complex and harsh environments. [Photo by Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate]

IBC Makes Acquisitions Easier

The Interior Business Center has been reaching out to its acquisition customers and contracting officer representatives (CORs) to provide references, training, and resources to enable them to better understand their roles in the acquisitions process. IBC’s Acquisition Services Directorate (AQD) provides acquisitions services in a shared service environment. Read more >

Off-Cycle Payments

The Interior Business Center was the only federal shared services payroll provider able to provide off-cycle payments for retroactive pay for furloughed hours reported for October 1-5, 2013. Off-cycle payments are payroll payments issued other than on the normal biweekly payroll cycle. This off-cycle payroll process generated partial payments to 174,994 employees of the Department of the Interior, including IBC, and 22 of IBC's other customer agencies.

The Interior Business Center offers business solutions to create efficiencies and economies of scale for the Department of the Interior as well as other federal agencies. Please visit our website at to learn more about our services.

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