budget cuts

As government organizations continue to deal with budget cuts, IT solutions can often save money while improving efficiencies and productivity. Automation of manual processes can deliver real results, quickly.

The automation of case management processes in the healthcare field is an example of this, as dealing with manual processes leads to many problems with visibility and control. Successes from the corporate world in this area translate easily to the government arena, particularly for large enterprise organizations where security, agility, and the ability to serve a significant constituent base are imperative. Keep reading →

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reiterated the military’s going-forward strategy on many occasions, saying about our military’s direction: “It must be complemented by the full range of America’s national security capabilities – strong intelligence, strong diplomacy, a strong economy, strong technology, developments in cyber capabilities.” These five areas comprise the new defense strategy.

Last week the web was all abuzz with coverage of President Obama’s press conference at the Pentagon along with Defense Secretary Panetta and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey as they unveiled the administration’s new military strategy. It is clear the U.S. military will undergo dramatic changes due to budget cuts. Keep reading →

Human resource executives expressed doubt Wednesday about attracting and retaining top talent needed to drive innovation, particularly in the current economic climate.

“We are in competition for high demand talent,” said Anne Manganaro, Director of the Office of Strategic Human Capital for the National Reconnaissance Office. “With cuts to the military and potential reductions in DoD on the civilian side, it will be even more difficult. When it comes to a pipeline of technical talent, we’re in a national crisis. It’s effecting out ability to grow. That’s what keeps me up at night.” Keep reading →

The Internal Revenue Service would face a “devastating” loss of $4 billion in revenue collected each year if proposed cuts of up to $600 million are made from the agency’s budget, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union warned Wednesday.

While the cuts might mean savings on the front end, they would result in far less money available for every federal agency the public depends on for services, she said, including responsible for the health and safety of the public. Keep reading →

When the last space shuttle landed back on Earth in July, it appeared as though NASA’s manned space exploration may be grounded for good. Actually, 60 American astronauts are deep in training for future missions.

“We’re very much alive,” said Dr. Michael Barratt, 52, a physician and space medicine specialist who’s flown two missions and hopes to go up in space again. Keep reading →

In the wake of last week’s eleventh hour debt deal, government workers have been left wondering what will become of their jobs in this new age of austerity. While the agreement forged between Congress and the White House does not include specific cuts, many suspect that retirement and health benefits will be slashed in addition to pay and hiring freezes. In an already struggling economy, government employees are going to have to serve more people with fewer and fewer resources.

In a bad situation, we often advise people to “make lemons into lemonade.” Tighter budgets mean cutting out the fat and thinking of creative ways to solve problems. We literally can’t afford the red tape anymore, especially without a source of revenue in the debt agreement. Can public servants find a silver lining by using budget cuts to streamline the government operations? Keep reading →