Management by cliché does not work. Do more with less, low hanging fruit, best practices, think outside the box, work smarter not harder and the list goes on. There is a point where programs fail because they are not staffed or funded properly – regardless what the boss or the budget says. When staff are over worked, under resourced and then raked over the coals by media and in our case Congress – for being lazy, inefficient and incompetent, catchy phrases are irritating.We all see places we could save money, revamping acquisition procedures, revising HR regulations, updating travel regs, bringing technology and staff together in real solutions. When half the agency is using Windows XP and Office 2007 and the other half using Windows 7 and Office 2010, or collaboration tools are installed but not able to be used fully – unless you are a political appointee or SES – because of funding, bandwidth deficiencies or image releases, people get tired of looking for solutions. It is frustrating for staff to put forth an effort only to lose funding and staff or political support. I am not sure the Government is really designed to be innovative – the immune system is such working smarter vs harder is not easy – so many rules and regulations. What are the chances that FEDCLOUD will really work –http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-UnitedStates/Local%20Assets/Documents/Federal/us_fed_The_Future_of_Federal_Work_092011.pdf? And will it solve problems or create more? Will manager/supervisors support it or ignore it like telework? Many of us want to do better, be more efficient – but we need the support from managers, politicals and Congress – not just catchy phrases. We could do with less oversight and more freedom to try new things.
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