Cost Management and Control in Government: Fighting the Cost War Through Leadership Driven Management

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Business Expert Press, Jun 19, 2011 - Business & Economics - 220 pages
Government organizations spend enormous amounts of money. They employ a large percentage of the work force. They have an undeniably huge impact on the national economy and wealth. Yet they are, for the most part, unmanaged. What passes for management is a combination of oversight and audit. Oversight is primarily reactive: offering negative feedback for failures and demanding additional rules and regulations to prevent reoccurrences. Audits look for "bright line" discrepancies and clear violations to those rules and regulations. Government operations are often criticized for "waste and mismanagement."Yet the current situation, unfortunately, can best be described as one of "un-management" rather than "mis-management." Government can run better. The purpose of this book is to look at how government can move from "rule driven" to "leadership driven" management. Specifically, it will document and discuss specific examples of successful cost informed decision making and cost management and control in government. It will also delineate the requirements of such success and explore the special needs of transforming the management culture of government from its well embedded past practices to a new paradigm of leadership driven management.

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Dr. Dale Geiger holds three degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and earned his PhD from the Harvard Business School after a seventeen-year corporate career that included several significant controllership positions. Geiger is a retired, tenured professor at California State University and has also taught at the University of Southern California, George Washington University, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Georgetown University’s Center for Professional Development. He also holds a Department of Defense security clearance and has researched, trained, and consulted at numerous organizations including the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy, the Food and Drug Administration, the General Accounting Office, the National Academy of Public Administration, the Customs Department, the Treasury Department, the Department of Agriculture, the National Forest Service, and the Internal Revenue Service among others.

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