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Cutting costs

A new research report on what's working in cost reduction


Competing priorities are slowing down federal government efficiency, according to a new study from the Government Business Council (GBC), sponsored by Deloitte. Just 29 percent of the federal managers surveyed give high marks to the efficiency of their agency, and 16 percent say the same about the federal government as a whole. Despite this, agencies across government are completing successful cost-reduction initiatives – and studying these efforts reveals techniques that focus group members say could be used to drive greater federal agency efficiency.

This report assesses the perceptions, attitudes, and experience of federal employees regarding government efficiency and cost reduction. The study is based on survey data collected from about 600 senior-level federal employees from the GS/GM level 11 through 15, the Senior Executive Service, and high military ranks, supported by focus group input and extensive secondary research.

Survey participants were asked to rank the efficiency of eight cost areas on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being least efficient and 5 being most efficient. By adding the scores and dividing by the total number of respondents, GBC calculated a mean value for each cost area and ranked them on a numerical scale.

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