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Steve Goodrich

Steve Goodrich is CEO of the Center of Organizational Excellence, vice chairman of the Association of Management Consulting Firms and a founding member of the Government Transformation Initiative.
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Reform Should Focus on Workforce Alignment, Not On Staffing Cuts

October 6, 2017 Federal employees are the primary drivers for how government work gets done, decisions get made, and values are upheld. Maintaining a high performing workforce with the right skills and of the right size to execute the mission is critical. Proponents of smaller government shouldn’t assume reductions will solve government’s problems....

How Trump’s Plan to Reorganize Government Could Work

March 21, 2017 On March 13, President Trump issued an executive order for a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. It calls for the OMB director and agency heads to develop plans for improving the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of agencies, subcomponents and programs within 180 days. It also calls for a...

Here's Our Chance to Fix Government Once and for All

July 9, 2015 The federal government is on an unsustainable fiscal path that threatens our national security and social safety net. While many cuts and changes have taken place, government has yet to address the effective management of programs that serve the American people. Landmark bipartisan legislation introduced in June would provide Congress...

5 Ways to Make Your Management Consultants More Effective

February 23, 2015 The world of management consulting has evolved over the years. There is actually less pure consulting or advisory services and more technical services being provided to customers. Technical service is provided when an outside firm develops or implements a solution for an agency that is already determined. Consulting is provided...

Nine Ways to Improve How Federal Leaders Get Things Done

February 2, 2015 Our system of congressional governance is in need of change, and it will take real courage to do it. I believe in our Founding Fathers’ vision for a democratic system with the appropriate separation of powers and defined accountabilities. By definition it will always be a bit messy and at...

Cutting Red Tape: It's Time to Sweat the Small Stuff

September 11, 2014 As budget reductions take hold and the federal workforce is reduced, the government will inevitably focus on process and other improvements to achieve more with less. One area of inefficiency agencies seem to overlook is the unnecessary complexity of daily activity in management practices. The work and approval process in...

5 Things Leaders Can Do Right Now to Make Government More Efficient

May 2, 2014 We have all heard the stories: It takes three government agencies to inspect catfish, 11 agencies to conduct autism research and seven to nine months to effectively retire federal workers. Certainly, every organization—public or private—faces its fair share of challenges. No entity is 100 percent effective at everything it does....

Leading the Charge

February 1, 2013 Congress and the White House did little to fix the fiscal crisis as the statutory Dec. 31, 2012, deadline came and went. Aside from a few tax hikes, they essentially kicked the can down the road to the next session of Congress. Federal agencies continue to do the nation’s business...

Analysis: Addressing the fiscal cliff is not enough

December 27, 2012 While Congress and the White House are busy crafting a solution to the fiscal crisis, federal agencies continue to do the nation’s business the way they always have, and Americans wonder what will happen next and what the impact will be. Most recognize the need to respond to this crisis...