Government reorganization strategy under the microscope

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Alan Balutis, senior director and distinguished fellow at Cisco Systems, discusses government reorganizations, and why they’re like surgery.


The new leadership of the House Oversight and Reform Committee want to focus on the Trump administration’s reorganization plan. Chairman Elijah Cummings said previously that the plan to merge shuffle functions between them might not accomplish what the administration wants. Alan Balutis, senior director and distinguished fellow at Cisco Systems, wrote a list of 10 things to know about government reorganizations. He said that plans like this need to be incredibly thought out before being put into motion.

 

“We put a lot of time into the strategy and the planning, we spend lots of time focusing on the implementation, all the things that need to be done to make this thing a reality.  You have a number of reorganizations that are capably designed but poorly executed, and they need to be redone a couple times more before you get things right,” Balutis said. “You’ve got to realize that a reorganization in government is akin to surgery on a human being. You want to be sure you’ve diagnosed the problem right, you want to be sure you’ve done it carefully, and you don’t want to do it again and again.”