The Sequestration Transparency Act was passed by Congress to cover the fact that the Congress and the President could not agree upon cuts to the level needed. The law requires automatic across the board cuts independent from more thoughtful rationale.
There are times in private enterprise when across the board cuts are necessary to keep an organization viable because revenue and profit is not keeping pace with expenses. It is unfortunate when organizations must scale down, though that is a fact of life occurrence.
In my book Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy © 2010 Wiely, I pose the concept that government needs to understand its capacity to govern, that is the national capacity to attend obligations, emerging needs, Constitutional requirements and discretionary expenditures.
I proposed that the President of the United States needs an enterprise performance optimization management system with a dashboard that shows the capacity and permits the executive to understand the cost options for decisions compared with the available capacity. That same management system scales down to every department and agency head. It is integrated with the Congressional process for funding.
Right now, that system is deficient. Often, Congress takes actions for which the nation has deficient capacity and so do Presidents. Going to war in Iraq was a hideous example of the executive branch spending on military action for which the cost is unjustified and for which we had to borrow to gain capacity. That action jeopardized funding needed for social needs and starved the system of capital needed for economic development.
Now, both the President and Congress are without modern means and system support to make the best decisions to optimize return on national resources.
Voters can see that this Congress has failed. They are hung by their own law.
“Pentagon says it’s not to blame for delayed sequestration report
By Carlo Muñoz – 09/10/12 03:39 PM ET
The Pentagon on Monday sought to distance itself from the growing rancor between the White House and congressional Republicans over the delay of a much anticipated administration report on sequestration due on Capitol Hill this month.
Defense Department (DOD) officials have sent all information regarding the potential impact of the $500 billion in automatic defense cuts under the sequestration plan, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters Monday.
That information was part of a pending report by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the fiscal fallout from sequestration, should the cuts go into effect this January as planned.
The report is part of the Sequestration Transparency Act signed by Congress in August. The legislation directs the administration to explain how it will implement the $109 billion in automatic cuts — half of which will come from DOD coffers — mandated by the Budget Control Act.
But that highly sought report won’t arrive on Capitol Hill until next week — a week later than the congressionally mandated deadline — White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Friday.”