In recent years, government agencies have been required to reduce costs and cut back on spending. There are many ways to accomplish this, such as increasing employee efficiency which saves both time and tax dollars. Increasing collaboration and communication among employees is imperative for all agencies in the US to enhance employee satisfaction and improve efficiency. This not only leads to long-term benefits of the employees, but also increases transparency for citizens and supports their mission of serving the public.
To get a more satisfied work environment and to make the collaboration process more streamline, agencies also make the most of its resources by reducing costs and promoting a more open government. Agencies such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have accomplished this by implementing collaborative software. After Obama’s Open Government Initiative, agencies have been adopting this new technology. Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government in 2009 urging a more open government to bridge the gap between citizens and the government leading to new technologies that let citizens influence the decisions that affect their lives. By utilizing collaborative software, HUD’s internal communication and collaboration became more efficient and easier than before, allowing them to do their job better while saving money.
With many agencies struggling to communicate within the office, it is even more difficult when they have offices nationwide. New ways of collaborating are just emerging, but are possibly one of the biggest ways government productivity can improve in the long term. By implementing new methods to improve communication, agencies are not only saving time, but are also saving money and better serving citizens.
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