EDITOR'S DESK: Resolve to let go

In making New Year's resolutions, people tend to state what they will do. Organizations do the same thing. Leaders feel insecure if they aren't doing something. But sometimes it's a good idea to resolve to let go of things. Or not do something. Or give up on a project that has lost its focus, is costing too much, or just isn't relevant anymore.

In that spirit, here is a list of things the government should resolve not to do in 2006:

Office of Management and Budget: Stop dreaming up new demands and mandates and then baking them into the President's Management Agenda. That once-economical document is getting as bloated as a '76 Thunderbird.

FBI: Here's a suggestion for Sentinel (or should it be called Sentinel II?), the hoped-for case management system: Don't award it. As GCN.com reported shortly before Christmas, the Hill is already skeptical. And there are only two bidders. Maybe there'd be more interest if it were a performance-based project with reasonable scope. But that means you have to figure out what you really want'and what you can live without.

General Services Administration: Don't fight the seeming growth of MACs and GWACs that aren't yours. If the merger of the acquisition services and the struggles with SmartBuy haven't held off the seeming avalanche of agency-sponsored vehicles, current and pending, you need to figure out why.

Homeland Security Department: There's an old saying in corporate America: Don't let the lunatics run the asylum. It means the workplace isn't a democracy.

FEMA: See above advice for DHS.

Congress: I could go on and on here'like, skip a session and let the republic breathe. No? Well, how about stop tinkering with Homeland Security? Let secretary Michael Chertoff have some space to try and get the place organized once and for all.

With some organization and functional stability, officials there will be able to approach enterprise architecture, applications and acquisition with some coherence.


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