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The Largest U.S. Federal Government Reform Review in Decades Is Officially Underway

Published: 26 April 2017

ID: G00331343

Analyst(s): Katell Thielemann

Summary

U.S. President Trump's campaign promise to change Washington is driving an aggressive agency reorganization and workforce reduction effort. Even if only a few major changes are adopted, the market will change, and technology strategic planners must (re)prioritize their efforts.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • All agency programs, missions and agencies are in play for scrutiny — from the agencies themselves, the public and the OMB-led crosscutting reviews
  • Still emerging management approaches and business models, such as shared services, category management, public-private partnerships and "as a service," are continuing to rise in prominence and will impact opportunities and business models for all vendors
  • Reform themes will accelerate agencies' interest in business-oriented technologies that can aggregate needs, automate tasks, streamline processes, secure data and save costs
  • The federal workforce actions target both agency size and performance, but will run into the realities of cultural resistance, legal challenges and impacts to congressional districts

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