I may be harping on the obvious, but work and family life will continue to change faster than I would like because the economy is still dragging. When the military budget takes big hits, you know that all federal agencies are going to suffer as well. In FY 2008, the Army weapons budget was $67 billion. In FY 2012, the budget was $26 billion. For fiscal year 2013, the Army’s request is $24 billion, even lower than the budget of 2012.
These are truly challenging times for federal agency leaders to stay on mission with reduced funds and resources. What this means is that creative minds will need to imagine ways to get the work done with less. Like it or not, this means that all of us working in the government sector will need to change the way we interact and do business to help with mission success. It is our expectation that every single government agency and its units will be engaged fully in changing the way they do their work, both on the task as well as the people sides.
What this all means for the rest of us is that our government will continue to tighten its belt. The goods and services we expect will be reduced or eliminated. Personally, I will be more careful seeking things I need versus the things I want, plus be frugal with my time and resources.
© Baldwin H. Tom CMC