In the foreseeable future, the new strategic imperative for federal government will fall squarely on operational and budgetary efficiencies. With budget cuts looming, and a Presidential race being influenced by new groups of constituents who question the “heavy hand” of government, effectiveness will be measured upon simply doing more with less.
As such, many government agencies are embracing efficiency initiatives for making government operate more resourcefully with fewer hurdles and less red tape. Overall organization structures will be re-examined as agencies consolidate their operations and reexamine all programs.
There are a number of tips out there for agency leaders to help manage this change. From dedicating teams to guide the transition to setting up timelines and goals, these are all laudable tactics for helping to manage this great change.
Though one important area may be overlooked during this transition: Embracing IT as the cornerstone for efficiency initiatives. From better optimizing core networks and data centers to embracing more cost-effective solutions like expanded teleworking and cloud computing, technology can help agencies meet core efficiency goals.
While many agency leaders are gearing up for this “doing more for less” era, the reality is that effectiveness does not have to be compromised – even with budget cuts. And, this new shift will cause members of industry to be hungry and create solutions that truly meet this new government paradigm.