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The Critical Need to Figure Out What Government Does Right

Lots of federal processes are inefficient and wasteful, but many others have become more efficient and effective over time. We need a competition to highlight the best so they can spread.

The headline read, “Pentagon Buries Evidence of $125 Billion in Bureaucratic Waste.” The Washington Post article said that, had its recommendations been followed, the 2015 study “would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.” It’s no secret that lots of federal processes are inefficient and wasteful. Unlike in the private sector, there are few pressures toward efficiency. But through ongoing competition within government we can do better.

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Ten Considerations For Civi Service Modernization

Summary: The Senior Executives Association (SEA) and the Hoover Institution hosted three Civil Service Modernization Dialogues in the summer and fall of 2018 that had a goal of developing a consensus around general themes and concepts that a diverse group of organizations could support. Those Dialogues were organized around three general themes:

  • Civil Service Workforce Modernization
  • Civil Service Administrative Modernization
  • Civil Service Regulatory Modernization
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