In his announcement to run for governor of Washington state in 2012, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee cited his plans to enact continuous process improvement (CPI) methodologies in the state government to reduce spending and create more jobs.

Inslee, a Democrat representing Washington’s 1st district, which includes Seattle, said that private-sector management methods, such as Six Sigma and Lean, should be implemented to eliminate waste. In order to free up funding for education, Inslee said he would make the control of health-care costs a priority in state government and would promote more efficient delivery of services.

While Inslee has never adopted Six Sigma during his seven terms as a congressman, he did tell the Seattle Times that he has researched CPI solutions over the last few months and said he is now convinced that Six Sigma could benefit state government.

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