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Change seems to come upon us faster, is more complex in its nature, and is a great deal more uncertain in its effects. Within this constant of change, the demands of government continue to grow, even as appetites for major, longer term investments lessen, especially when returns are unclear or unpredictable. With increased demand for services, constrained budgets, and growing deficits, governments are feeling the pressure to do more and better sooner, with less. Complicating matters, President Obama is demanding transparency and accountability across government functions. Clearly the stakes are high—and
the most pressing question of the day is: Can government step up services to citizens while tightening budgets? This forum explores this question and more—highlighting seven strategies for cutting costs and improving performance while also outlining lessons learned on how best to implement federal financial systems.