“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:
- Develop a system that documents all the decisions made during the project
- Create a uniform way to collect progress data
- Write down and archive all your project milestone acceptance
- Use a standard process to document potential change orders and approved deviations
- 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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