Five Ways to Improve Mission Efficiency

For federal managers it is a question of when, not if, budget cuts will be implemented. Negotiations over sequestration and the so-called fiscal cliff have made that clear, if not much else. These looming reductions will require a reorienting of business processes—a change in how agencies operate, how they are structured and how missions are scoped and achieved.

As difficult as budget cuts will be in the short term, they should be viewed as a significant opportunity to fix inefficiencies, streamline processes and make decisions to ensure long-term mission sustainability. All of this requires a return to the basics of good, sound management—Management 101. Agencies need to evaluate what resources they have available to them and, in short, get back to basics.

Below are five ways to begin improving mission efficiency today:

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