Lean and Six Sigma are proven methods, commonly implemented in the private sector, that reduce waste and improve efficiency.
Combining these methods results in a method called Lean Six Sigma. The non-profit organization StrongAmericaNow.org (http://strongamericanow.org/about/lean-six-sigma) is trying to get the word out about using this method in government.
Mike George, the founder of StrongAmericaNow.org, claims that deficits can be eliminated and the budget can be balanced without a single tax hike or budget cut (although the budget DOES need to be cut).
Any real conservative who is serious about getting the federal government's financial house in order will give serious consideration to this, and some of them have. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum have both endorsed the Lean Six Sigma plan, and Newt Gingrich called it "the biggest idea for rethinking how you run government."
On top of the Lean Six Sigma method for identifying waste, there should be a reward as an incentive to expose waste. This reward could be given to individuals in the form of a small percentage of the waste they identify.
For instance, an individual who identifies $100,000 in waste could be rewarded with $10,000. Or someone who identifies $10,000,000 in waste could be rewarded with $250,000. The reward should be a good percentage of the overall waste, because it needs to be a powerful motivator and because any reward would be better than allowing that money to continue to go to waste year after year.
The time for getting serious about skyrocketing federal budgets and deficits was many years ago, before Obama or a Democrat controlled Congress. The longer it is allowed to go on, the harder it will be to solve and the worse off Americans will be for it.
Please review the link I have included with this. It shows case studies where Lean Six Sigma was implemented, in business and in government, and how it has worked.