It’s become almost too easy these days to point out shortcomings at all levels of government, leaving most with a discouraged outlook to government functioning at the local, state, and federal levels. This is especially true this past year; no doubt most people will remember 2011 as a year marked by government dysfunction, including events like the debt ceiling standoff, the resulting U.S. credit downgrade, and the failure of the congressional “super committee” to reach a deficit reduction deal.
However with the New Year approaching it’s important to reflect on a few of the accomplishments of the federal government this year, despite the usual pessimistic predisposition to government. Ed O’Keefe, a blogger covering the Federal Government for the Washington Post, gives his opinion on a few things that Washington accomplished this year in his most recent blog post, “Some Things the Government Got Right in 2011.” O’Keefe, who still notes the overall governmental dysfunction of 2011, gives Washington credit for: federal disaster response, cutting government waste and improper payments, shrinking backlogs in information requests, and reducing the length of time it takes to get a job with the federal government.
The full post can be read here.