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Balancing the Budget & Reforming Government with Lean Six Sigma

Balancing the Budget & Reforming Government with Lean Six Sigma

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This is a draft memo laying out Newt's thoughts on how we can create jobs, balance the budget and reform government using Lean Six Sigma.
This is a draft memo laying out Newt's thoughts on how we can create jobs, balance the budget and reform government using Lean Six Sigma.

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CreatingJobsandBalancingTheBudgetThroughModernEffectiveGovernmentUsingLean6Sigma:ANEWT2012projectDRAFT
ByNewtGingrichAugust17,2011PROPOSITIONThereareanumberofsophisticatedmanagementtoolswhichcreatemoreproductive,moreeffectivepatternsofwork.ApplyingLeanSixSigmaacrossthefederalgovernmentwouldsavebillionsofdollars.Somepeopleestimateitcouldsave$500billionayearor$5trillionoveratenyearperiod.Bycomparisonthe"supercommittee"ismerelytryingtosave$1.5trillion.Evenmoreimportantthansavings,aproperlyfocusedlean6sigmaeffortcouldreorientgovernmenttoactinwaysthatimprovetheeconomy,leadtojobcreation,andmakeAmericamuchmorecompetitiveintheworldmarket.Theeconomicgrowthandjobcreationfromamoreeffective,jobsorientedgovernmentcouldgeneratenewresourcesbothfortheAmericanpeopleandforgovernmentthatwoulddwarfthedirectsavingsfromleanermoreefficientgovernment(seethe21stcenturyFoodandDrugAdministrationexamplebelow).ThethirdpositiveoutcomewillbefromanalysisthattakesintoaccountthecostthefederalgovernmentimposesontherestofAmericaincludingstateandlocalgovernments.InmanycasesthesavingsofsmartergovernmentwillbemuchbiggerfortherestofAmericathanthedirectsavingsfromcuttingfederalcosts(theregulatorycostsofDodd-FrankandSarbanes-Oxleywouldbetwogoodexamplesofenormousprivatesectorsavingsfromderegulation).
 
ACTIONSTEPSStrongAmericaNow,foundedbyMikeGeorge,hasmorethan20,000petitionsignersinIowaalone.IthadaverystrongpresenceatAmesonAugust13.ItwasthepassionanddedicationofStrongAmericaNowvolunteerswhichconvincedusAmericanswerereadyforserious,complicated,sophisticatedreforms.ApplyingLeanSixSigmatogovernmentwouldbethebiggestchangesincethecivilservicereformmovementofthe1880s.Everyaspectofmodernbureaucraticgovernmentwouldbechallengedandchangedtoimplementthisnewmodel.Imposingachangethisbigrequiresanumberofactionsteps.1.EducationalmaterialsandactivitiesWeneedalotofdifferentmaterialsinanumberoflanguages.Wemustmaketheideaseasytounderstand.Weneedcitizen-leaderswillingto:talkontalkradiowriteletterstotheeditorbrieflocaleditorialwritersandreportersWriteonblogsandbriefbloggersOrganizevolunteerstobuylocaladsSpeaktocivicandbusinessclubsSpeaktopoliticalmeetingsofbothparties(wewantDemocratsaswellasRepublicansimplementingleansixsigma)Helpingfindbusinesseswhichareusinglean6sigmaandwhicharewillingtoshowelectedofficials,theirstaffs,candidatesandnewsmediahowpowerfulnewthinkingisintherealworldTalkingtoelectedofficialsatschoolboard,cityandcountygovernmentandstategovernmentaboutimplementingleansixsigma(asweenforcethetenthamendmentandreturnpowerandresponsibilitytostateand
 
localgovernmentandtocitizenswehavetomodernizegovernmentatthoselevels).GototownhallmeetingsandtomemberofficessofederalCongressmenandSenatorsandtheirstaffs(includingcommitteestaffs).Developtestimonyforcongressionalhearings(all117committeesandsubcommitteesinCongressshouldholdhearingsonapplyinglean6sigmatotheirjurisdictions).Developtrainingprogramsfortheexecutivebranch.2.EvolvingabettersystemWeneedpractitioners,consultantsandacademicswillingtoworktogethertobuildasystematicunderstandingofagovernmentandsocietyfocusedlean6sigmasystem.Weneedanetworkofpeoplewhohaveactuallyappliedleansixsigmaingovernmentwhocanbebotheye-witnessesandmentors.Weshouldcanvassthecongress,bothMembersandstaff,toseehowmanyalreadyhaveexperiencewithleansixsigmaandwanttoworktodevelopthenewsystemandculture.SinceCongressmanTomLathamhasintroducedaleansixsigmabillweshouldworktogetcosponsorsforit.Weneedcasestudiesofpastsuccess.Weneedacademicsandconsultantstomonitorthenewimplementationsandbuildlessonslearned.Thisisatenyearormoreprocessofevolvinganentirelynewmethodandpatternifgovernmentwhichwillrequireanewcultureincongressandanewcultureintheexecutivebranch.Developingthatwillworkmuchbetterifpeoplearestudyingitandofferingmidcoursecorrectionsaswelearn.Weneedamodelbilltoreplacethecivilservicelawswhichhavetrappedthegovernmentintorigidity,inefficiencyandineffectiveness.

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