"FEMA Does Not Reward Innovation"
How's this for government bureaucracy? People got creative in trying to save money to restock the New Orleans aquarium by chartering a boat to go catch fish instead of buying them. The catch? FEMA don't pay for that, they rather pay more because of their blessed regulations.
“It's relatively typical that when Louisiana, or an applicant, finds a unique way to solve a problem that FEMA comes in and throws a flag and says, `No, you can't do that,'” Smith said.
Local officials have complained that FEMA has applied the rules with maddening literal-mindedness…”
Standardized work NOT should be about “maddening literal-mindedness” or “mindless conformity.” We have to leave room for flexibility and creativity, recognizing that changing the standardized work can be a good thing. FEMA has admitted some mistakes, but:
Bob Josephson, FEMA's director of external affairs in Louisiana, was alerted to the case by The Associated Press and reviewed it recently. He suggested FEMA may have made a mistake, but did not promise quick resolution.
Quick resolution and response to ideas is key, and FEMA isn't doing that. They certainly aren't Lean (who is claiming they are?) It's an interesting comparison between this and what the State of Iowa is doing to implement Lean principles. I wonder how they would handle the New Orleans situation?