SOURCE: Six Sigma Online

Six Sigma Online

July 08, 2011 14:55 ET

Can Six Sigma Save America? Presidential Candidates Think It Could

Six Sigma Business Methods Have Become a Political Issue for Both Parties in the 2012 Election as a Way to Improve Government Efficiency

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - Jul 8, 2011) - As we approach the 2012 election year, many topics are sure to surface, but none so much as the United States Budget, its deficit and how to stop unnecessary spending. This topic is on the minds of not only the presidential elects, but also on the minds of every American citizen. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that something needs to be done to preserve our nation for both our children and our children's children; it seems that no one knows exactly how to go about such a task. That is, except for Michael George.

Michael George is the founder of Strong America Now, a nonprofit conservative political group aimed at eliminating the national debt with no new taxes through the use of the Lean Six Sigma business strategy. Lean Six Sigma is aimed at reducing waste and maximizing profits and quality for businesses; why can't it work for the government? According to George, it can. There are over 25 case studies on the Strong America Now website demonstrating the success of Six Sigma Lean processes in the Government Sector. For example, the Department of Defense Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, SC used the Lean Six Sigma method in order to increase production of Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles in order to protect our Marines and soldiers in Iraq.

George is imploring candidates running for presidential nominations to sign a Lean 6 Sigma Pledge "to eliminate spending deficits and start paying down the national debt by 2017 by deploying Lean Six Sigma waste reduction methods to detect and eliminate 25 percent of spending per year across the federal government, and to attend two days of training on the Lean Six Sigma method and complete a waste reduction project prior to my inauguration." The first to sign was former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Herman Cain has also signed the Pledge, and George is hopeful that Mitt Romney will too.

President Obama is also showing interest in Lean Six Sigma through his Jobs and Competitiveness Council which will be "applying business concepts (like the Lean Six Sigma approach) to regulatory processes" later this year. Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor, also promised to save up to 20% in most government programs with Lean Six Sigma in one of his Republican presidential nomination campaign speeches.

The current political buzz about Six Sigma is exciting those who have seen what Lean Six Sigma can do in the business sector. According to the President and CEO of Aveta Business Institute, a leading provider of online Six Sigma training, Craig Setter, "We are ecstatic to hear that Six Sigma is finally being looked at as a serious large-scale option for decreasing the national debt. We fully support this approach."

Aveta's Six Sigma Online is the leader in online six sigma training and certification. To learn more about the Six Sigma methodology, please visit www.sixsigmaonline.org.

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