Written by Tod Tompkins
The recent debt ceiling debate accentuated and highlighted pressures across government. In every agency, the CIO to CFO to line of business lead is facing the inevitable challenge of significant budget cuts, and planning for the elimination of multiple systems/programs, some of which have been in operation for years…often decades. These executives are inundated with vendors daily trying to sell them the latest “cost savings” solution on the market. However, most of these solutions involve years of requirements building, development, and implementation that result in the agency incurring years of significant upfront costs and decreased net savings in the long term.
Although there is no “silver bullet” to eliminating the trillions of dollars required to get the U.S. out of debt, the federal community – including agencies AND contractors – must take a stand by embracing real, tangible cost savings solutions that can be realized in year one. But how do we work together to reduce the budget effectively and efficiently, while not cutting off critical government services or decreasing performance?
We are aiming to find that answer. By launching a blog series and associated microsite, we are providing a place for government and industry to share ideas, communicate, and engage. On a regular basis, we will post relevant content, news stories, and opinions. Most importantly, we will solicit cost savings ideas from the community at large and post those recommendations that can truly help the government save money in year one. We encourage you to follow this blog and remain active in the discussion – providing your feedback, thoughts, ideas, and comments.
Thank you in advance for your diligence around the federal cost savings initiative…it is a critical time in the nation’s history and you should be commended for leaving your mark.