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Federal Managers Give Government a 'C' in Cost Savings

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Federal managers are even harder on themselves than they are on government as a whole. When asked to grade the cost efficiency of their own agencies, 69 percent of federal managers felt they were performing at a C average or below. When asked to grade the entire federal government, 59 percent delivered a similar, average score.

The scores are part of new survey results published by the Government Business Council, Government Executive's research division. The survey sampled 597 federal employees at the GS/GM-11 level or higher and asked respondents to identify key areas for cost reduction. 

From the results, GBC identified eight areas where opportunities are highest to reduce costs:
  • Payments
  • Oversight/Compliance
  • Property Management
  • Redundancy
  • Contract Resource Management
  • Technology
  • Workforce
  • Acquisitions/Procurement

The new Cutting Costs blog will be highlighting findings from the survey results as well as exploring innovative ideas and programs for federal cost savings over the next several months.

You can view the survey results here.

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Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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