Federal Employees Save Billions - Now They Are Teaching Others How It’s Done

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The Federal Improvement Team (FIT) is a group of federal employees spanning several agencies that have come together to build and deploy a common methodology for driving SAFE Change across the government. After proving both the strength of their new methodology, by saving tens of billions in taxpayer dollars, they are coming together to teach others how to do the same in their organizations, as well as help a worthy cause - the Wounded Warrior Project™.

Federal Improvement Team (FIT)
The phrase ‘good enough for the government’ used to mean that something was the very best that was available…It is our goal to achieve that status again, but with much less cost than ever before.

While many within the beltway are still debating over the “what” and “how” of driving real government change, the members of the Federal Improvement Team (FIT) are delivering the cash – to the tune of several billion dollars. What is even more surprising than the FIT’s scorecard of taxpayer dollars saved, is the fact that this is an all-volunteer group of government employees meeting and running without any federal funding. “The phrase ‘good enough for the government’ used to mean that something was the very best that was available,” said Scott Bonney, Chairperson for the FIT. “It is our goal to achieve that status again, but with much less cost than ever before.”

While many people only focus on the monetary cost of bad government processes, Scott Bonney asked us not to forget about the human costs as well. “In our world, good processes don’t just save taxpayers’ money – they save real lives of real people every day.” It is for this reason that members of the FIT also include mega savings from a more human side.

“The methodology used by the FIT and RACE (Revolutionary Accelerated Collaboration Environment) organizations to deliver these results is based on a hybrid model of many Continuous Process Improvement methodologies, spanning many agencies and over 20 years of proven experience,” said Rob Fioto, CEO/Chairperson of the RACE nonprofit organization. “Together, we developed a simplified model to achieve SAFE (Speed, Agility and Flawless Execution) Change in the government environment.” The core elements of the SAFE Change model were first developed and tested within the Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) back in 2004 by Rob Fioto and Keith Furman, Director of the DFAS Lean6 [DFAS’ change organization]. “We needed a simple, reproducible model that would support change, regardless of experience level of the team member,” said Fioto. Within two years, DFAS achieved the highest rate of return on change project savings of any Department of Defense agency at the time. The SAFE Change model and its online support systems are now preparing to go open-source and be made available by the FIT and RACE to any government organization that will use them properly.

The FIT’s most recent “call to action” is taking place in Washington, DC, on May 2nd and 3rd at the Washington Nationals Stadium. Together with their civilian counterparts from RACE, the groups are hosting a Knowledge Sharing Event for up to 300 fellow federal employees and many members of the Wounded Warrior Project™ to share lessons learned and teach others how to achieve the same impressive results in their agencies. Keeping true to their mission, the FIT Knowledge Sharing Event was assembled without the use of government funding and can be attended by current government employees for only $75. The goal of this activity is to affect another $10 billion in taxpayer savings, as well as to generate continued support for those in need of the Wounded Warrior Project.

About Wounded Warrior Project™
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and service to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit

About FIT
The Federal Improvement Team (FIT) is an all-volunteer, member-run, collaborative community of practice. The FIT is composed exclusively of federal employees (uniformed services and government civilians) currently representing 175 members from 28 different federal agencies who share a passion for continuous performance improvement in the federal sector. They have no formal affiliation with any agency or service. All activities are member-suggested and member-led. http://www.fitportal.org

About RACE
RACE (Revolutionary Accelerated Collaboration Environment) is a collaborative nonprofit partnership of performance improvement and innovation leaders from industry and government, strategically integrated into a single, cohesive, high-performance team offering a depth and breadth of experience, knowledge and capability unmatched by any single organization. RACE harnesses the power of its immense knowledge and resource base to any challenge given to us. http://www.collaborace.org

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