By Steve Goodrich – 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.
I am not naïve, and yes, I have seen this many times before. But if done right, with a strong foundation and a plan, it could work. It could also be another once-and-done exercise that demonstrates little to no value. Many administrations have conducted similar exercises, most of which faded with the political passing. The Trump executive order runs the risk of having little or negative impact, reducing readiness and demoralizing employees. It also has the potential to do great things for our country.
Here are a few suggestions for how to make it work.
- It must involve Congress.
- It should begin with a national summit that results in a strategic plan.
- Someone must be in charge.
- Reorganization must address vertical and horizontal programs.
- Reform must cross agency boundaries.
- Accept that some investment will be necessary.
- Leverage what you have before you throw anything out.
- Make hard decisions.
- Fix the foundation.
- Create a culture of sharing.
- Grow people.
- Address financial issues
- Hard-won Lessons From a Government Reform Pioneer, John Kamensky, govexec.com