Management briefs

GAO: Culture change needs strong leaders

Commitment to change from agency leaders is the best way to prevent inter-agency turf wars and encourage managers to do things differently in this era of homeland security, according to an Aug. 30 letter from the General Accounting Office.

Agency leaders also have incentives, such as performance bonuses and award programs, that they can use to help bring about change, GAO officials said in response to questions from Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy.

Agency performance plans are another useful tool, GAO officials said. Agencies can set goals in their performance plans for participation in cross-cutting programs. Shared goals also can help agencies overcome turf issues, the letter says. Information sharing made easier by enhanced information technology can help agencies work better with one another.

GAO criticizes acquisition workforce management

Until the planned central system for tracking the skills of the federal acquisition workforce is in place, civilian agencies will continue to have problems managing and planning for that workforce, says a General Accounting Office report released Aug. 28.

The report says that the delays in the Web-based Acquisition Career Management Information System (ACMIS) are a major reason why civilian agencies have not moved forward when it comes to managing the training of their acquisition workforce.

Officials from civilian agencies told GAO officials that they are waiting on the deployment of ACMIS, expected to be available in September, and view their current management systems as being temporary.

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