Like several others, I do not like the phrase/slogan “do more with less”. We can reprioritize our work loads, we can outsource, insource or just not source certain functions; but it is like making bricks with no straw to do more with less – not very productive. If we could determine which programs to defund, but Congress rarely kills a program once established. If we could revise the way we execute budgets – not have to spend all this year to get more next year that would be a huge savings.
I suspect in about five years, some organization will do a study and the outcome will be the federal government is not properly staffed to do the work of the government and we will go through a huge rehire project and incentivize college students to consider the federal government as a career choice. Federal retirement will be revised to make it look like a good career and GS salaries will be increased to match private sector salaries. (Anyone recognize this?)
Instead of knee jerk responses, easy fixes (low hanging fruit is the proper buzz phrase), or band aide solutions – let’s take the time to really think this one through and get it right. Save money where we need to save money, restructure where it makes sense; any time someone says we need to do this right now or else typically means someone is protecting their own herd of cows. Our usual political campaign promises and vote gathering solutions have not been working well over the last 50 years.
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