Wow, this thread already has a slew of comments. My two cents: we can do more with less if government organizations are willing to embrace social media and other IT tools that allow employees to collaborate from around the globe. I know that the State Dept. has been very successful with this, while my department is still running Windows XP, office 2003, and has GovLoop blocked (the horror!).
We also need to look at what we want the federal government actually does. Almost every major program in my department is it about 50% staffing, even with contractors to help us close the gap. So maybe figuring out what our department’s priorities truly are, redistributing personnel, and putting some programs on hold until the higher priority programs are in the sustain phase is the smart thing to do.
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