Collaboration is, yet again, prevalent across the news, blogs, and industry publications. Government Executive magazine featured an article in the September issue about agencies working with and supporting other federal government agencies. The article focuses on how interagency collaboration has the potential to bring teams together that demonstrate the know-how to get things done efficiently and successfully.
High performing teams execute better and faster than traditional hierarchies. People with collaboration concerns are focused on coordination and cooperation with others. They want to get everyone on board because they are convinced the change is making a difference. Questions that arise with these concerns are: Who else should be involved? How can we work with others to get them involved in what we are doing? How do we spread the word?
In order to promote highly effective teams, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is concentrating on goals that call for collaboration of multiple agencies and programs. These efforts can also promote key practices that can enhance and sustain collaboration. The U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a testimony on strategies to improve collaboration in the Federal Government. A few of the strategies include:
- Establishing common strategies
- Leveraging resources
- Agreeing on roles and responsibilities
- Developing compatible policies and procedures
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