Defense Ministry to cut NY delegation

Defense Ministry to cut

A week after State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss revealed that the government paid a whooping NIS 527,000 in hotel costs for a Defense Ministry delegation attending the Paris Air Salon, the ministry announced Monday that its plan for greater efficiency of its New York purchasing team, including a cut of thirty percent of the delegation's employees, had been approved and would be implemented immediately. In a statement, the Defense Ministry stressed that it had taken various measures over the last two years to meet efficiency targets, including the use of the McKinsey and Associates consultancy services, the integration of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to manage the ministry's budget and resources, and the implementation of an early retirement program for some 300 ministry workers. Over the last few days, the Mackenzie recommendations regarding the New York purchasing team, as well as the implementation plan submitted by the Defense Ministry's Human Resources Department, were presented to the ministry's director-general, Pinchas Buchris. Buchris said he was fully adopting the recommendations, according to which the training of delegates and local employees would be enhanced, the purchasing process would be improved to make greater use of the team's three-billion-dollar annual budget and 30% of the delegation's employees would be laid off.