Defining and Achieving Efficiency in Government

Inefficient and ineffective federal agency programs have been chronicled for eons. Most of the discussions center around making government cost less, cutting budgets, or holding hearings on perceived program lapses. With these actions, cost is sometimes eliminated, service levels are possibly reduced, or resources are condensed. This allows the argument that the government overall is more efficient, but that does not mean programs are efficiently operated or managed. Because of this high-level approach, most managers don’t relate to what efficiency truly is or how to achieve it, and many opportunities that could make government work better are left on the table. Read More


Leadership Get Ready

We need our federal employees—career executives and managers—to be prepared for the upcoming transition to a new administration next year, and at the same time we need to increase the stature of federal employment. At a minimum, these transitions must refocus federal employees on a revised strategy or agenda. The 2016 presidential election will, as is typical, create a level of disruption while the political leadership of each agency transitions. Our career leaders are the stabilizing catalyst that must ensure the proverbial train keeps moving efficiently, effectively and on time. Read More


Don’t Wait for Congress to Improve Agency Effectiveness

We’ve all heard the stories — programs that cost too much, duplication and fragmentation, fraud, waste and abuse. You can hardly pick up a federal news report without hearing about a program in some agency that is suspected, or shown, to be in trouble. The yearly reports from GAO attest to the significant issues that abound.

Currently, Congress is working on reintroducing a bill that will help agencies transform their programs so they are efficient, effective, credible, and economical. We all agree that systemic change is needed, but in the hustle and bustle of getting day-to-day activity accomplished, meeting administration agendas, and trying to work in an environment of uncertainty, waste just happens. Read More