Leaders Speak: Admiral Paul Zukunft, the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s strategic direction, its key priorities, and how it is modernizing to meet today’s demands while preparing for tomorrow.
This contribution outlines 10 principles designed to provide
insight into effective and efficient strategies on how to
best deploy financial management systems in alignment
with OMB’s goals and policies, with a focus on optimizing
resources and information in a modernized environment.
We offer these principles based upon lessons learned
from multiple financial management system deployments
throughout the public sector domestically and abroad.
When tackling very challenging problems, the discussion turns into a very tactical list of questions. How do we do that? Has anyone done that before? Who is the best in breed in solving that type of problem? How can we budget for that? What resources do we have? What resources do we need to pull in?
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Several recent reports recommend ways to improve performance in US Government information technology (IT) programs. These recommendations focus on how agencies buy and oversee IT from companies. A key recommendation? Bite-sized chunks are better, and independent review can keep projects on track.
Maybe it's a vestige of the mini-computer era, or maybe because it’s a short-term expediency. But the practice of building an application, and buying a server – or array of servers – to run it has proven to be expensive and inefficient.
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service has consolidated more than 300 installation finance offices into 24 and reduced DoD costs by orders of magnitude more than the reduction in the workforce required to support the systems and offices.
It’s a challenge to write a blog entry this soon after the mid-term elections and not mention them…but truly, government performance improvement is a non-partisan issue. Whether you are enthusiastic about the outcome(s) or simply relieved that the robocalls are ending, for now, I’ll stay focused on performance, outcomes, adding value, and removing costs from the operations of government.