This past Wednesday, I attended the CSIS event on "Technology, Innovation, and Deficit Reduction," where Sam Palmisano, IBM’s CEO and Michael Dell of Dell Computers spoke about the framework shared with the White House to remove over $1T from the national debt over the next decade.
When immediate budget constraints are competing with long-term savings and legislation such as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, outcomes-based charging can help governments minimize up-front costs and risk, but still realize valuable savings in the end.
The federal government is looking at Information Technology (IT) Consolidation at way to reduce costs and improve performance. IBM’s success in consolidating its own IT systems and infrastructure provides insight into how adoption of commercial best practices and reduce IT costs while improving performance and increasing service levels.
As we start the new year, I am excited to kick off a series of posts on each of the seven cost takeout initiatives. We will dive deeper into each of the initiatives, exploring how the federal government can move from concept to realized savings through the application of commercial best practices to reduce costs and improve performance.
Federal departments and agencies increasingly rely on
services to accomplish their missions. "Sourcing" refers
to how government departments and agencies obtain
the services they need to solve their mission delivery
requirements and how those decisions are reached.
This time of year, you can’t avoid the phenomena of list-making. There is a top ten list of good or bad, best and worst, “in” or “out” for everything. While you’re busy making your own lists for 2010, resolutions for 2011, and back up plans for your resolutions, I wanted to share my list of top “must reads” that address the debt and improving Federal mission performance.