Jim Hartung

For over 80 years, systems engineering has helped America
lead in science, technology, industry, and business.

Now, systems engineering can help us address our most difficult
social, economic, envronmental, and political problems.


State and local governments

Unlike Congress, many state and local governments already have organizations that develop and propose nonpartisan solutions. This is a good start, but much more can be done.

State and local governments should review their current legislative and administrative organizations and processes and make changes as needed to implement the SE process. First, they should make sure that organizations exist to develop nonpartisan proposals for all key problems. If there are organizational gaps, consideration should be given to forming a new organization(s) to fill those gaps. Second, the organizations should be directed to use SE and other fact-based and data-driven methods to develop practical, nonpartisan proposals to optimize social, economic, and political systems.

If Congress leads by implementing the SE process, state and local governments can follow their lead. However, state and local governments should take the lead if Congress fails to take action.