We must keep the city functioning because so many people depend on it and they depend on us to make sure that everything is being done according to laws and regulations. Since we are in government albeit at the city level, we are scrutinized more than in the public level. Therefore we must make a conscious effort to be proactive in everything we do and that especially includes human resources. We have placed a great deal of investment into training our current employees and will continue to do so. This will not change but the volume by which we make these investments will decrease gradually. We will restructure the human resources department to eliminate processes and procedures that deter efficiency.
When faced with declining resources in the public sector people tend to fear that certain programs they once relied on will disappear or be reduced. For example, in Illinois the state government has reduced a program they called the ‘Circuit Breaker’ (Illinois Department of Aging, 2010) program. This program was designed to allow seniors and those receiving some form of disability to receive tax grants similar to the income tax refunds that others receive. Seniors who depended on this money now need to find a way to depend on other money because the Illinois government has reduced this grant by 50%. The economy has created situations such as this and others. We have seen many times where the president is trying to pass a health care bill for all Americans. Just recently President Obama tried to give a final push to Congress to pass the bill but Congress is adamant that the bill is not ready to be passed (Associated Press, 2010). Human resource management is the key to many of these issues. If you have quality personnel, than you will receive quality results and things will run more efficiently. Sometimes the problem is within the Human Resources department because maybe they aren’t as knowledgeable as they have