Government Accountability Office

Orderly Transformation of Government

Every 4 to 8 years a new administration is elected. Each is elected on the basis of unique ideas for how to engage government in service to the public. To transform policy to practice, it becomes necessary to restructure all or part of the federal government--a worthy and necessary effort, but one that repeatedly inflicts high costs in process, time, production, training, and staff morale. When the process lingers, the public becomes confused and resentful. Each reorganizing team has had to feel its way through the process. I propose a commission to set standards, schedules, budgets, stringent deadlines, and a manual of worksheets for accomplishing reorganizations in an efficient, effective process limited to 1 year. Set into law, this effort will allot each administration the opportunities it needs while limiting the negative effects of the process.

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Idea No. 234