Nonsequitur: How Well Does the Federal Government Work?

December 16, 2013

Here’s what President Obama thinks:

“If you’re doing it at the federal government level, you’re going through 40 pages of specs and this and that and the other, and there are all kinds of laws involved, and it makes it more difficult. It’s part of the reason why, chronically, federal IT programs are over budget, behind schedule,” (Source)

Of course, the same difficulties apply to other kinds of federal programs, including Amtrak, the US Postal Service, Department of Energy investment in Green Technology, Cash for Clunkers, Head Start, Medicaid and virtually every other federal program. It’s not that people won’t use the service (if it’s subsidized). But regulations and enforcement will always make federal programs less efficient and more expensive than private solutions. Because these programs go over budget, they end up adding to the deficit and increasing our tax burden. Because they are inefficient, they cause consumers delays, confusion, and as we have learned from Obamacare, canceled policies and higher premiums. This isn’t an IT problem; it’s a big government problem.


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