About the Government Reform for Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative
Changing the way the Federal Government does business to make it work more effectively and efficiently has been a major priority for President Obama. That’s why we’ve been buying smarter and cut contracting costs for the first time in 13 years. And it’s why we put forward a plan to cut through the red tape and finally get rid of billions of dollars in excess real estate. Whether it's rooting out waste or leveraging the latest technology to deliver better service faster and more cost effectively, this Administration is committed to creating a more effective and efficient government that works for all Americans.
In his State of the Union address, the President said we need to take our efforts to the next level and look at the structure of the Federal Government, particularly as it relates to supporting America’s competitiveness. He issued a Presidential Memorandum directing his Chief Performance Officer and OMB ‘s Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients to work closely with Agencies and Departments to analyze the scope and effectiveness of their programs, areas of overlap and duplication, unmet needs, and possible cost savings with a focus on increasing trade, exports, and our overall competitiveness.