Public perception of feds as overpaid and under-delivering services has fueled the targeting of federal pay and benefits, Springer said. But this perception is “not always as fact-based and as accurate as it should be,” Springer said.
“Broad, across-the-board” cuts don’t make sense, she said.
Instead, the government needs to prioritize its services: Statutory, “keep-the-lights-on” services; mission-related activities; and things tangential to the mission but are “nice to do,” Springer said.
She added, “When you break it down that way, coupled with the effectiveness of those programs, then you have a more insightful approach to understanding, when dollars are tight, where you spend.”