Here’s the Secret to Federal Funding Compliance that Ronald Reagan Wanted Every Construction Manager to Know

What Ronald Reagan Wanted Every Construction Manager to Know

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
– Ronald Reagan

This quote is from Ronald Reagan from one of his many speeches.

Who is Ronald Reagan ?:

  • He is considered one of the most practical Presidents of the United States
  • The only President known for turning government-bashing into an art form
  • He understood, better than most politicians, the importance of trust with verification for federal funding
  • He was concerned that government was becoming more of a hindrance than a help

The big idea here is:

  • government oversight for federally funded projects is challenging
  • documenting construction projects for government oversight can be expensive
  • the more the government is involved, the more complicated the project becomes.

Here’s how this applies to us and federal funding compliance:

  • Even the people at the top of the government totem pole understand how challenging your life becomes when they are involved

So, let’s put this into action:

  1. Develop a system that documents all the decisions made during the project
  2. Create a uniform way to collect progress data
  3. Write down and archive all your project milestone acceptance
  4. Use a standard process to document potential change orders and approved deviations
  5. Make sure you have an auditable paper trail (or electronic system) that you can rely on at the end of the project

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