Job Model for the President of the United States
The basis for deriving knowledge, skill, and experience requirements
By James A. George, American Political System Columnist Politisite and YankeeJim at NowPublic
Excerpt from How to Select an American President ©2011 by James A. George, All Rights Reserved
Change and improvement is constrained by the nation’s capacity for accomplishing things. Determining the nation’s capacity for change and improvement is a part of the president’s responsibility.
Today, there are representatives in both parties that call for the dramatic scaling back of departments and outright elimination that include the Department of Commerce and Department of Education, for instance. Nothing is sacred.
Yet, before people begin to consider which parts of government need improving and right-sizing, government must employ state of the art methods and technologies for government enterprise performance improvement as described in Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy. A presidential candidate should be knowledgeable about and sufficiently experienced in enterprise performance improvement initiatives, preferably with successful past performance on the resume. This experience can be from public or private sectors.
Continuous improvement in a democratic form of government comes from the following:
· Changing, amending, and retiring and replacing present laws
· Presidential directives and memos communicating policies and policy guidance
· Administration of directives and memos as they too require changing, amending, retiring, and replacing
· Strategic planning
· Budgeting and funding requests
All of these things are a product of the president’s management approach and government processes and routines governing them.
Much of what a president does demands knowledge about Constitutional law and implementation of policy through regulations. Therefore, voters might be prudent to favor candidates that are trained in the law. On the other hand, argument can be made that it is desirable for candidates to have demonstrated success in managing enterprise outside the legal profession.
There is a comprehensive schedule of government activities some of which are annual, others are quadrennial, and some are incremental and overlap a president’s one or two-terms in office as it overlaps Representatives’ and Senators’ terms of office. This overlapping of rolling and on-going activities make the business of government complex and uniquely different from commercial business practices in many ways, though similar as well. Our point in saying that is to inform voters that 1) there is unique value from candidates having had government experience and 2) there is unique value from candidates possessing commercial executive experience.
A president, over a maximum of two four-year terms has an opportunity to go through a complete government cycle of planning, budgeting, and funding one time. One term is insufficient to complete a full cycle because it starts with a carryover and ends with a carry forward that can be completed only in a second term. Therefore, voters must choose presidents very carefully because false starts are costly and disruptive.
In accordance with good modeling practices, we will group activities into six primary tasks, each of which can be broken down (decomposed) into lower level subtasks and details. Understand that tasks may be iterative and on-going in their performance. While there are relationships among them, they are not necessarily sequential, though logic suggests some sequential relevance.
“Six Primary Tasks of the U. S. President’s Job Model
Throughout the range of tasks, the President analyzes, evaluates, approves and directs allocation of the government’s resources to perform work and produce required outcomes. Only Congress can fund the work of government. Achieving the highest return on cost is a president’s responsibility. The following tasks are a straw man, a place to begin as voters think through the process independently.
What is one the first things a president must have to do to get started with a new administration? The president needs a staff, an organization, a plan and a schedule. So let’s get started.
Task 1: Planning, staffing, organizing, and scheduling Presidential work and government functions
Subtask 1.1: Recruit and staff the cabinet and department and agency appointments
Subtask 1.2: Conduct cabinet meetings to develop and implement strategies and policies for accomplishing the nation’s workload and issues
Subtask 1.3: Define the nation’s outcomes and priorities for each major department and agency produce the nation’s strategic plan
Task 2: Develop the President’s management agenda and budget and reconcile with Congress
Subtask 2.1: Assume responsibility for the legacy agenda and make adjustments to align with the President’s management agenda or equivalent
Subtask 2.2: Work with cabinet heads to develop performance plans and schedules
Subtask 2.3: Work with Congressional leadership and collaborate to implement the nation’s strategy, plans, and programs
Task 3: Initiate and approve legislation
Subtask 3.1: Propose bills to Congress
Subtask 3.2: Consult and advise Congress
Subtask 3.3: Collaborate with industry and business leaders in the development of policies and regulations of all kinds
Subtask 3.4: Approve or veto legislation
Subtask 3.5: Request a declaration for war from Congress
Task 4: Implement plans and manage on-going operations
Subtask 4.1: Review and evaluate programs that include new acquisitions and on-going operations
Subtask 4.2: Evaluate programs including legacy processes and engineer new ones for accomplishing and producing required and promised outcomes
Subtask 4.3: Continuously improve
Task 5: Report progress and discuss issues with the American public to keep them informed
Task 6: Meet with heads of state and participate in international meetings and conferences for heads of state
Subtask 6.1: Participate in international economic conferences
Subtask 6.2: Respond to international crises and requests for assistance
Subtask 6.3: Promote democratic process and reforms”
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Follow more of this story as I apply it to the selection of Representatives and Senators.
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