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Cost Management and Control in Government by Dale Geiger

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Chapter 1

Opportunities for Leadership Driven Management

Unknown to most people, strong financial control does exist in government. At the federal level,1 Congressional Oversight Committees, Agency Auditors General, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Government Accountability Office all work hard in their role as watchdogs, protecting the public from acts of “waste, fraud, and abuse.” The federal management control complex makes significant efforts and spends enormous funds to implement these controls.

Current controls are rule based, and the rules work like commandments of the “thou shall not” category, prescribing things that should not be done and listing penalties for violation. It is not the purpose here to critique the costs ...

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