Cost Management and Control in Government: Fighting the Cost War Through Leadership Driven Management
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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Organization Based Operational Control Processes
Refocusing Support Functions Through Role Based
Output Based Management Control
Creating Cost Managed
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ACE staff action review activity based costing agencies allocation AntiDeficiency Act ARCENT based control processes BEP’s budget chain of command Chapter Chief Financial Officers Colonel Chopin Congress consumption continuous improvement core functions cost accounting cost benefit analysis cost informed decision cost managed organization cost management process cost measurement costers Directorate dollars driven management control effort employees entity example Executive expected external reporting facilities Figure financial management Fort Huachuca Freauff funds Furthermore Garrison Commander goal government organizations Huachuca implementation important initiatives interaction issues leaders leadership driven management learning levels management and control management control process managerial costing measurement process motivation Office operations org chart organization based control organization’s output based control oversight performance production provides requires research divisions responsibility role based control rule driven significant simple SPAWAR spending success support costs support functions Tier U.S. Army unit cost variance