Our federal government is relatively behind the curve from a technological perspective. Its processes are often antiquated and fail to leverage shared data and systems integration opportunities. It also continues to expand regulatory agencies that, by definition, must promulgate new rules and invest in the infrastructure to monitor and enforce compliance, which adds cost and complexity to the private sector during a time when job growth and economic expansion should be stimulated rather than restricted.
What if we took the initiative to dramatically “re-tool” our federal government to create greater operating efficiencies and effectiveness within it?
What if we viewed our federal government as if it were a private sector entity that had to compete in the global market?
What if we, as its “shareholders”, began to hold it responsible for its waste?
What if we started by requiring the federal government to expand its Inspectors General program, which historically has generated an actual return on investment while identifying unconscionable waste, fraud and redundancy within the government?
What if we required our federal government to deploy communication technologies rather than boondoggle travel, which would provide the additional benefit of dramatically reducing our government’s embarrassingly large carbon footprint?
What if we required our federal government to pass meaningful election reform with respect to ballot access and campaign financing, so that we have a choice of candidates rather than being forced to reelect 90 percent of a legislative branch that has a single-digit approval rating?
What if we at least fostered a debate over the possibility of term limits, which have been effective in other areas of government and have not impeded the presidency?
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