Can’t manage it if you can’t measure it.
Business leaders know and practice this basic tenet of management. What about government leaders? No doubt that some do and some don’t.
With that in mind, I felt rather slapped in the figurative face by an article in today’s Wall Street Journal about “… the top watchdog over the $787 billion stimulus package.” It pointed out that the Administration is to post spending “… all the way down to the municipal level…” on http://www.revovery.gov.
Then we read that “… state and local officials warn that they are not yet prepared to comply, and that some of the data be requested, such as the number of jobs (emphasis added) created or saved may be difficult to nail down.”
OK. I understand that. But just a few weeks ago state and local officials had no trouble submitting spending proposals that were ready to go. These proposals contained the number of jobs to be created.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.