Results are In: SEA Member Survey
We asked and you answered.
SEA’s recent mini-survey provided intriguing insights into the current thinking of SEA members.
The following are the results, with a typical comment for each of the answers:
Q: What is your biggest challenge as a leader in government?
A: In rank order:
- Unclear political leadership.
- Budget uncertainty.
- Lack of resources.
- Quality of human capital.
- Too much time spent of fire drills.
- Public perception of, trust in government.
Typical Comment: “All of these are equally challenging! It’s the confluence of these challenges that keeps me up at night and prevents effective leadership.”
Q: Do you currently feel empowered? (Empowered defined: As a leader to run your program/organization effectively and efficiently.)
A: 44% said yes.
Typical Comment: “Yes, but eroding quickly with hiring freeze, budget uncertainty and IT mandates.”
56% said no.
Typical Comment: “I can make program decisions to the extent that I have funding…but I have no control over my payroll and no control over HR practices that ultimately limit what I can do.”
Q: What are areas of government reform that could help you do your job better?
A: In rank order:
- Improved business processes.
- Civil service reform.
- Budget reform.
- Improving cyber capabilities.
- Flattening organizational hierarchies.
- Other: HR reform, primarily improved labor/management relations.
Typical Comment: “Every item listed has been touted for years as the latest savior for government effectiveness and efficiency, but all result in morale draining and distracting fire-drills that do nothing to improve government effectiveness. Stability, and allowing leaders to focus on the organization’s mission would do more than anything.”
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