DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Saturday Gov. Rick Perry signed the Strong America Now pledge which binds him to tackling wasteful spending in Washington by implementing the waste elimination process Lean Six Sigma. The pledge was signed at the fourth annual Kaufmann Family Barbecue where Perry was the special guest.
Perry is the eighth presidential candidate to sign the pledge, but the first who has also signed Lean Six Sigma legislation. Perry signed a Texas state bill, which formed a pilot program to improve efficiencies and quality of operations while reducing costs, as well as adopt a structured approach for identifying the wasteful use of state resources.
"We have a serious responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and the bill we passed in Texas created a process for us to examine spending and find ways to be more efficient," said Gov. Perry. "Continuing the effort to eliminate waste will be a cornerstone of my administration. The federal government has an obligation to tighten its belt just as American families and employers have had to do for the last three years. We've done it in Texas, and I am proud to stand by Strong America Now to take this effort to the federal level to rein in the out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C."
Strong America Now, a grassroots organization that began in Iowa and is expanding rapidly in other early primary states, was founded by businessman Mike George who pioneered Lean Six Sigma. Before retiring in 2007, George helped the Army and Navy implement Lean Six Sigma resulting in the savings of billions of dollars. On average George found that 25 percent of all processes in the DOD were waste that could be eliminated.
Strong America Now is the largest grassroots organization on ground in Iowa and will be conducting extensive Caucus trainings for its volunteers. The group is dedicated to educating Americans and candidates on how waste elimination can contribute to eliminating the national deficit. The group has its pledge, plan and over 50 Lean Six Sigma case studies on its website, http://strongamericanow.org/.
SOURCE Strong America Now