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Sunday, February 12, 2017

For a novice President

For a newly elected President who is without government enterprise management experience, and who has yet to be fully briefed by the 56 departments and agencies under his command, it is prudent to take the time to understand the situation. Unfortunate are the voters who installed a deficiently prepared President who apparently lacks respect for the office and institution for which he responsible.

When voters make mistakes, there will be consequences of much significance. If voters aren't cognizant about their mistake, it will make matters worse. For this author-analyst, it appears that the majority of Americans will assert their voices with their elected representatives. Even when one party is in power, the representatives are accountable for serving all of the people.

Presidents do four things:

1.    They staff and manage on-going operations.

2.    They assess current performance and recommend changes and improvements that to a large extent must be reflected in changes to laws and regulations.

3.    They create and implement policies to the extent allowed through collaboration and consensus.
4.    They anticipate and plan for the long-running future.

The U.S. Congress addresses government requirements concurrently with the Executive branch.

Interestingly, the U.S. Congress is in the position of designing systems and attributing them with resources and enabling technologies. They regulate funding and the rate of expenditures. Therefore, they regulate the rate of change and improvement by establishing resource capacity.

The Executive branch, led by the President, may have ideas and priorities that are different from that of Congress. The two branches must reconcile to reach consensus about plans, budgets, and schedules for producing required outcomes. Defining “required outcomes” is a worthy topic because it appears that citizens and their parties and incumbent leaders are misaligned about the definition. It is unclear about the alignment of political parties and their members and leaders with the US Constitution. Such alignment needs an independent audit that includes contributions from academia and members of the press.

Two concepts about which the author has had direct experience in developing and guiding in the U.S. government as a consultant include:

1.    Service-oriented government enterprise
2.    Outcome-driven government

Service-oriented government enterprise describes the purpose of government as being to provide essential “services” that are administered by departments and agencies that result in citizen-need satisfaction. This idea is in parallel with the notion of “outcome-driven government.”

By James A. George (c) 2017 All Rights Reserved


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