Lean Six Sigma Can Help Agencies Manage Stimulus Funds
The discussion focused on how federal and state agencies now are not prepared for the challenges of such an enormous task. In fact, APQC recently reported that only 24% of state and federal agencies reported being fully prepared to manage the $787 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Not only are agencies unstaffed to handle the increased volume of applications, proposals and permits, but the processes associated with the management of funds, accountability and measurement systems are not in place.
Fortunately there is a solution to speed things up and quickly deliver results. By adopting the principles and tools of Lean Six Sigma, agencies can rapidly streamline processes and accelerate the results from the stimulus funds.
Lean Six Sigma, the cornerstone of what helped propel Toyota to the world's leading automotive manufacturing company and made GE one of the most admired companies in the world is now migrating to a few enlightened state and federal agencies. The State of Iowa, State of Montana, County of San Diego and Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporate - to name a few - have begun adopting Lean Six Sigma tools and principles founded in industry to rapidly streamline processes, provide better services for taxpayers and reduce the amount of time and effort required from staff to get things done. More importantly, they accomplish these results within a few days or weeks making the approach a perfect fit for agencies under pressure to effectively and efficiently manage the ARRA funds.
Certainly these are uncommon times with uncommon challenges. Fortunately in Lean Six Sigma there is a basic, common sense approach which can rapidly help government agencies get over their most significant hurdles to effectively managing the stimulus funds.