TCG Saved Taxpayers $1 Billion!

Don’t call us heroes.

We did not save children from burning buildings, steal from the rich to give to the poor, or save our city from the forces of darkness. We did something much more frugal: We saved U.S. taxpayers $1 billion.

When TCG was a $2 million codling of a company, we set a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal — a “BHAG” — to save U.S. taxpayers a billion dollars by helping government use technology better. While it was a truly audacious goal for a small business, it set the tone for how we do business: We provide solutions that save our government time, expense, and headache.

  • We applied Agile and SCRUM management principles to improve project communications and performance.
  • Be it strategic planning or the core mission of the project, we helped reduce or eliminate duplicative development by leveraging shared services.
  • We standardized and improved processes using CMMI, ISO, and Lean Six Sigma principles while nurturing innovation.

To date, we have documented a whopping $1,012,945,139 in taxpayer savings. Here’s how we did it.

System and Software Reuse

System and Software Reuse: $384,932,474 saved

  • We reused code and frameworks to save time and money on new projects.
  • By using free and directly applicable open source off-the-shelf software and adding new features, we saved development time compared to writing from scratch and made it easier to upgrade and enhance systems in the future.
  • Agencies have leveraged existing products and shared development costs with other agencies to bring new software and applications to their staff.
Process Implementation and Improvement

Process Implementation and Improvement: $68,961,800 saved

  • We provided business process reengineering, business strategy, capital planning and investment control, and procurement assistance that saved time for federal workers.
  • Through Lean Sigma Six analysis and incorporating ITIL process in our planning, we saved time, money, and created more effective solutions for our clients.
  • We implemented concurrent version system (CVS) branch releases for production code fixes. This allowed development to continue while bugs were fixed, which prevented delays in deployment.
Automation

Automation: $31,875,500 saved

  • We improved manual and paper-based processes by creating software that does the heavy lifting.
Return on Investment

Return on Investment: $495,528,012 saved

  • We supported clients whose mission was to revamp their existing software or processes in order to reduce overhead, operations, and maintenance costs.
Telework

Telework: $22,811,768 saved

  • Currently, nearly 76% of TCG staff work from home all or part of the week. By working from home we work more efficiently, experience less distractions, and reduce absenteeism.
Use of Higher Level Programming Languages

Use of Higher Level Programming Languages: $5,069,496 saved

  • Higher-level programming languages like C++ and Java are easier to read, write, and maintain. This means developers spend less time writing code, and consequently bill less time to a project.
Staff Augmentation and Other Support

Staff Augmentation and Other Support: $3,766,089 saved

  • According to the National Association of Personnel Services, the average fee for professional placement is $13,272. Government agencies seeking technical professionals can eliminate that expense by contracting technical employees from TCG at standard government labor rates.
  • Overhead costs can eat up a significant portion of any budget for government and industry alike. The savings we have provided our clients span cutting overhead costs, sharing the costs of marketing fees, and plain language writing to improve the speed and comprehension of government sites.

What now?

We’re not going to stop. Saving time and money is still our mission and part of our culture. Want to get involved? Let us know how we can save you time with our IT and consulting services, or apply for one of our open positions to help government save even more taxpayer dollars.

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