The US Government is out of control
As I wrote in my book, Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy © 2010 James A. George and James A. Rodger, Wiley Publishing, the US government is very poorly managed. Departments and systems roll along under regulations and management approach that fails to keep pace with and tabs on performance. Every time I read a story like this one it proves my point. The stimulus package has been around for a little more than a year and the government can’t estimate the price tag within a 9% margin of error.
The US Government needs a Government Enterprise Performance Optimization System that serves as the control center (cockpit) for the President and Department heads. There are no excuses for imprecise government management and this problem begins in Congress.
“Stimulus Price Tag Rises To $814B
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer
Manufacturing.Net - August 25, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's massive stimulus measure has created or saved as many as 3.3 million jobs and continues to boost economic growth in the second half of 2010, but it's come at a higher pricetag than originally billed.
Congressional analysts released new figures Tuesday estimating that the law enacted in January of 2009 -- then projected to cost $787 billion over a decade -- would cost $814 billion. That's still lower than the Congressional Budget Office estimated in January, when it said the measure would cost $862 billion.
The report comes 10 weeks before midterm congressional elections in which Republicans are hammering Democrats and Obama on the economy, charging they've pushed runaway spending without creating promised jobs.
The analysis credits the stimulus measure with increasing the number of people employed somewhere between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs between April and June -- and boosting the gross domestic product by as much as 4.5 percent. The figures are slightly less rosy than the picture Obama's economic advisers painted last month, when they said the stimulus law had "raised employment by 2.5-to-3.6 million relative to what it otherwise would have been" during that period.
In May, the nonpartisan office estimated the law had created or saved between 1.2 million and 2.8 million jobs during the first three months of the year, and increased GDP by up to 4.2 percent.
The measure has lowered unemployment as much as 1.8 percent in the second quarter of the year, according to the report.”