How do you measure the cost of dysfunctional government?
There is a variety of measures and metrics to understand government mal performance.
Given certain inputs: capital, materials, and people, government processes manage the economy such that those things are transformed into high yield outcomes. That process operates under constraints of business rules, laws, and regulations. The work performed is accomplished by people and their organizations that are equipped with tools and technology. The entire operation generates costs through consumption while they also produce outcomes, results, and assets.
By modeling and managing the systems, one can track cost, time, and performance quality metrics throughout the process.
When Congress shutdown government and furloughed 800,000 or more people, the elimination of all of those people from the payroll would have eliminated that cost for the time they were gone. Ostensibly, the reason for a shutdown is the save cost, right?
Well, then Congress decided under pressure that they should pay for all of those people, even though they were not at work. Therefore, the savings were reinstated as costs, only this time, since employees are still not working, there is no return on their cost -- no value adding outcomes. At that point, we are going into the hole even further.
In many instances, closing America’s assets such as national parks, cuts revenue generated from people paying to use them. Therefore, add to the equation lost revenue.
- Cost (negative)
- Cost without return (negative + negative)
- Lost revenue (compound negative)
How does that equate to smart government? It doesn’t. The National Parks and their employees and public users are being abused by a hostile and dysfunctional Congress. That must stop and their behavior deserves punishment. Remember in November.
“National Parks losing revenue under shutdown
BY JOSH HICKS
October 14 at 6:00 am
The government shutdown that started nearly three weeks ago has cost the National Park Service nearly half a million dollars in entrance fees and tens of millions of dollars in visitor spending each day, according to a group representing the agency’s retirees.
The Coalition of National Park Service retirees estimated that the park system has missed out on about 715,000 visitors daily, based on October 2012 attendance numbers, according to a statement last week from the organization.
The group calculated that the tourism drop off has cost $450,000 each day in fee collections and $76 million per day in lost visitor spending.