The vision and optimistic predictions of the savings that could be generated by the implementation of LSS across the broad federal agency landscape is not only encouraging but also brings to mind the question of the impact this approach could have if adopted by state and local agencies as well. Our NYC agency, DCAS, (similar in scope to GSA) is the pilot agency for our city’s LSS project. While it is still relatively early, the project has already generated some substantial savings from “leaning out” or streamlining processes in our procurement and delivery services functions. There is enormous potential for significant change and savings once the other City agencies and hopefully the State of NY, whose budget woes are well documented, begin to utilize the tools and adopt the culture of change provided by the LSS process. In my view to have the desired impact on “growing the economy or job creation” significant change needs to take place in state and local government agencies as well.
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