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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sequestration is Being Done The Right Way in Certain Government Depts.

Over the last two weeks, I have complained on a few occasions about the Federal Government's approach to Sequestration.  I am happy to say that there are some in the Government who are approaching their cuts appropriately.  I am in Chicago for the American College of Healthcare Executives Annual Congress.  I try to get here every two to three years for ongoing board recertification purposes as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Anyway, for this year's Congress, the great majority of attendees from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs are not here.  They were not permitted to attend due to the cost associated with their attendance and the unavailability of funds.  The Congress is usually attended by thousands from both Defense and the VA.  There are a few in attendance; however, they are not in uniform this year (of which they usually proudly don their respective uniform whether it's Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines).  I don't know how the chosen few were selected to attend, but again, only a few are here.  In fact, during one of the educational sessions that I attended, an Army officer in attendance revealed that the Army alone is getting ready to release over 80,000 soldiers from their ranks with an expectation of 200,000 over the next few years.  We continue to hear of the cuts that have been put in place to alarm the country; however, some Government agencies are approaching their cuts just as those in business have done when faced with the need to reduce expenses.

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