Changing the Bureaucracy: Vice President Pence’s 5 Rules for Effective Government

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Mike Pence
Mike Pence

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- It is extraordinarily difficult to change bureaucracies and the bureaucrats who work in them. Again and again, we have seen presidents and congresses start out boldly, using big words to dramatically describe big ideas, only to have the ideas disappear in the impenetrable resistance of career bureaucrats. The dense thickets of regulations they have cultivated over the last 80 years make management and change virtually impossible.

The resistance of the bureaucracy is reinforced by the tenacious and pervasive lobbying and media campaigns executed by the defenders of the old order. I wrote in my book Breakout about “pioneers of the future and prison guards of the past.” Huge corporations and wealthy special interests who have been dominant and want to avoid change behave precisely like prison guards of the past. In virtually every sector of federal activity, there are companies and institutions that have lobbyists and apologists who oppose real change.

President Trump has run enough big businesses that he understands that real effort must be put into challenging the failed systems of the past. Translating the bold vision of President Trump into practical reality takes enormous effort and focus. In areas such as going to the Moon and defeating Huawei and the Chinese strategy to implement 5G globally, the old order will want to avoid change.

Vice President Pence has been a governor who had to implement practical changes despite the bureaucracy and the interest groups. In a recent speech to the National Space Council in Huntsville he outlined a series of powerful principles for reforming the government.

Pence’s first principle is to establish a big goal and then stick to it. As he put it in his remarkably bold and direct challenge to NASA, “failure to achieve our goal to return an American astronaut to the Moon in the next five years is not an option.”

Pence’s second principle is to be prepared to reach outside the traditional bureaucracy to new entrepreneurial private companies, if necessary, to get the job done. The Vice President told the NASA-Boeing bureaucracy, “we’re not committed to any one contractor. If our current contractors can’t meet this objective, then we’ll find ones that will. If American industry can provide critical commercial services without government development, then we’ll buy them. And if commercial rockets are the only way to get American astronauts to the Moon in the next five years, then commercial rockets it will be.”

This principle could be immediately applied to change and streamline the rules bureaucrats are using to dole out work. One of the reasons the same stable of big companies always get government contracts is because they are the only ones with the knowledge and resources to navigate the web of red tape.

Imagine if we looked for new suppliers and new companies across the federal government to get faster, better, more efficient, and less costly solutions in health, learning, infrastructure – and every aspect of the federal government. Imagine if the Department of Defense was this aggressive in reaching beyond the old supplier base to new entrepreneurs. The achievements and savings would be stunning.

Vice President Pence’s third principle is a willingness to change the bureaucracy rather than abandon the goal. As I have written in a previous column, Pence recognizes that a new mindset must compensate for a lack of funding. In fact, I would argue that a new mindset is necessary, because more money poured into failing systems simply leads to more expensive failures (inner city schools are a tragic example that cheat children of a proper education while avoiding accountability). Pence said in Huntsville that “we will call on NASA not just to adopt new policies but to embrace a new mindset. That begins with setting bold goals and staying on schedule.”

The Vice President’s fourth principle is a determination to change the bureaucracy in fundamental ways. As he asserted at the National Space Council, “NASA must transform itself into a leaner, more accountable, and more agile organization. If NASA is not currently capable of landing American astronauts on the Moon in five years, we need to change the organization, not the mission.” This principle of transformation can be applied to essentially every aspect of the federal bureaucracy.

Given the work I have been doing on the challenge of 5G and the Chinese dominance through Huawei, I really appreciate Pence’s fifth principle, which is a sense of urgency to push through needed changes.

As he warned: “What we need now is urgency… it’s not just competition against our adversaries; we’re also racing against our worst enemy: complacency.”

If we could defeat the telecom complacency and the bureaucratic inertia, we could regain the lead in the implementation of 5G. If we allow the arrogance of the big, old established systems and the stubbornness of the bureaucracy to prevail, we will presently have a Chinese internet and terrible consequences for our freedom.

Pence’s five principles should be applied throughout the federal government. They would be excellent principles for Congress to apply in doing oversight. And many governors and mayors could apply them to their levels of government.

At every level, American would be greatly improved.

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JPM
JPM
2 years ago

Pence, regardless of his ideas (at least he has some) is irrelevant because he’s a Christian, jwhite, male and hetereosexual, and as we all have been made aware by the press and the liberals, none of those things count and are all racist and bad. If he were a Muslim or an atheist, a homo, black or female, it would be different and he’d have full credibility. Pence focused on NASA because one of his main jobs as Vice President is head of NASA. Let’s all dump on him for actually doing something positive in his position as head of… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago

I’ve got a better Five Point Plan, good for the entire United States AND the rest of the world. FIRST, forget “going to the moon”. WHY? SO WHAT? That’s leisure time playing in the sandbox stuff, and when the house is rotting out from under and over us, sandbox time must be left for later. SECOND end the federal electionion of Senators, return it to the original plan where State Legislatures select the two Senators for that state. THEN what they do/don’t do will be locally accountable, and the entire lobbying industry in the District of Corruption will vapourise. And… Read more »

m.
m.
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

#5 ok, but 3 sheets total. those a**holes use something like a set of 1950’s encyclopedias to describe the process of picking up dog-s**t.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  m.

@Tio N and M, Gentlemen, The issue is ” Changing the Bureaucracy: Vice President Pence’s 5 Rules for Effective Government”. Just the bureaucracy, brothers. We will get to the Congress after lunch!

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

Any other delusions floating around your empty grape?

EricX
EricX
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

AMEN!

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago

My concerns lie here in the good old USA rather than a million miles in space. I think we have paid enough for NASAs experiments and failures. It is time to get real about our problems here and our mounting over expenditures, our electrical grid, our immigration laws and the security of this country. I am not a big fan of dinking around in space when there are other more important issues.

GomeznSA
GomeznSA
2 years ago

Sigh, too many points. I can do it in 3. 1) Term limits. We can discuss what those should be later. 2) Balanced Budget. Self explanatory. 3) Proposed bills or laws stand or fall on their own merits, no attachments, riders or amendments. These simple steps will ‘fix’ almost all of the current big government problems.

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago
Reply to  GomeznSA

Dump yur number one, and you’re fine.

Term limits won’t fix a wilfully ignorant/stupid/complacent electorat.. until the VOTERS step up and give a hang about what’s going on and EDUCATE themselves, the only difference term limits might make is the dirtbags would be serialised rather than deeply entrenched for generatioins. Stupid voters elect stupid politicians, whether for the first term or the twentieth.

The DOWNSIDE of term limits is that when se DO manage to seat a good guy, he’s gone before he really can get a handle on the Washingotn swamp and DO anything.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago

I disagree with VP Pence. The five rules should be: 1. Every superior must be on the look out for and stop subordinates from creating fiefdoms. People that are building power bases are easy to spot and transfer to Ft Greely for “reorientation”. 2. Superiors at every level must make every government employee do their job, daily. 3. Superiors at every level must prevent employees from doing anything other than their job. 4. Superiors must prevent employees from redefining, bending, or applying laws and rules. 5. Superiors at every level must refuse to apply any law or rule that, in… Read more »

Vanns40
Vanns40
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Bill: If all this were to come true Government would be one tenth the size it is today……..oh wait, I believe we could all benefit from that!

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Wild Bill Your ideas would get us much farther toward a government that works for the citizens rather than themselves. It must be something in the air that transforms people when they enter the DC area because they all turn to think the government always knows better than the people that work and support this country.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  tomcat

@Tcat, Used to happen in Rome, too!

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
2 years ago

What does this have to do with firearms and the 2A?
I don’t want to drink your koolaid anymore than I did when you were in office

Vanns40
Vanns40
2 years ago

Tell ya what Newt, I don’t give a damn about a President’s plan for NASA. What I do care about is a President who has undermined the Second Amendment since the day he’s been in office. That’s far more important to me.

Joseph Barrett
Joseph Barrett
2 years ago

Seeing how the first moon landing was fake…it never happened and can’t, it will be interesting to see how well they stage this attempt. Search Moon landing hoax. See for yourself.

Vanns40
Vanns40
2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Barrett

“Search moon landing hoax”? Oh sure, it’s on the Internet it must be true…..

Ross
Ross
2 years ago

Makes perfect sense to me,but then again,I’m just a deplorable commoner,and I still fly an appeal to heaven flag.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
2 years ago

We need to look harder at 5G. It is damned close to millimeter-wave “pain ray” active denial systems and microwave ovens.. The government needs to insure the public safety before we rush headlong into that brave new world.