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Budget-cutters take aim at MEP

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(United Press International):

“‘The initial budget came back from OMB … at zero.”

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership is being threatened with budget cuts again (almost an annual event). The MEP offices around the country provide lean training and consulting, particularly for small and medium size manufacturers. Is this a service that the government should be providing, or should private sector consultants fill this role?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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  1. Michel Baudin says

    Helping small and medium-sized manufacturers fund improvement efforts is a good idea but government subsidies to consulting firms are not. NIST is not competent to pick consultants for manufacturers and the MEPs are unfair competition to other service providers.

    Government support should go directly to manufacturers, to pay market rates for consultants or contractors they choose.

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