By: Leslie Shedd, CARLY for America National Press Secretary
December 9, 2015
If there is one thing that people on both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that federal bureaucracy has wrapped up our government in so much red tape it has become almost unmanageable. The worst example of this can be found at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where veterans have died waiting for care. This is completely unacceptable and it must be fixed if we are ever going to get our government working for its citizens once again.
But unlike the other career politicians running for president, Carly Fiorina actually has experience cutting burdensome bureaucracy like we see at the VA. When she first came to HP, the company was the epitome of a burdensome bureaucracy with dozens of divisions run by separate executives, none of whom worked with each other. This made everything harder for customers to get their questions answered or even get what they needed from the company…sound familiar?
Enter Carly Fiorina, who immediately got to work streamlining the burdensome bureaucracy and getting HP back in the business of serving its customers. And just like she did at HP, a President Fiorina will cut bureaucracy in our federal government so we can once again serve our nation’s veterans who have served our nation so bravely.
“Our government has become one giant, bloated, inept, corrupt bureaucracy that is crushing the potential of this nation”
– Carly Fiorina
FACT: Carly Fiorina streamlined HP’s 83 different divisions into 17, cutting back on countless bureaucratic loopholes that caused problems for customers.
Carly Fiorina: “Each of the eighty-seven product divisions at HP had its own HR team, IT team, finance team, marketing and sales team, and R&D team. They all had their own way of doing things and did most everything on their own.” (Carly Fiorina, “Tough Choices,” Page 179)
FACT: Carly Fiorina streamlined HP’s 87 different supply chains to 5, making it easier for customers to get what they want.
Economist Thomas Friedman: “In the past five years, HP has gone from a company that had eighty-seven different supply chains – each managed vertically and independently, with its own hierarchy of managers and back-office support – to a company with just five supply chains that manage $50 billion in business, and where functions like accounting, billing and human resources are handled through a companywide system.”
And just like Carly did at HP, she plans to start by reaching out to the VA’s “customers” – the veterans it serves.
Carly Fiorina: “It is the nature of bureaucracies to crave power, which is why it’s so important we cut them down to size. The Veterans Administration needs overall from top to bottom. We can’t tinker around the edges…We have to fundamentally overhaul the VA. Which is why I also said today in Red State I would start with a blueprint of where we need to take that agency, which maybe is to do away with it in some cases or change its mission, by asking veterans ‘How Do You Want to Be Served?’ They would tell us how they want to be served and that should be our blueprint for fundamental reform.”
Carly will also cut burdensome bureaucracy overall within the federal government and has released details as to how she would accomplish this.
Carly Fiorina: “On my first day in office, I will instruct all executive agencies not to replace the employees who are retiring. By 2017, over 30 percent of the workforce will be eligible to retire. 600,000 people. I will not replace a single one. I will also ensure that the federal government moves to a meritocracy…”