InterAgency Essay 13-01W, June 2013
by Lynn Sandra Kahn, Ph.D.
The basic building blocks of democracy in the twenty-first century are networks of teams that leverage wisdom and resources to deliver better results. While the former model of governance focused on agency-centric planning, budgeting, working, and evaluating, current models require greater interagency cooperation. This essay presents ten strategies for working across traditional agency boundaries.
These ten strategies are based on best practices from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) governance structure and discussions about the characteristics of NextGen-like structures. The strategies are also based on a counterterrorism study sponsored by the Project on National Security Reform, Congressional testimony from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Government Accountability Office reports on multiagency initiatives, and successful multiagency, multi-partner efforts of New York City’s Department of Probation. The strategies also incorporate the core principles of multi-track diplomacy and the key practices of classic reinvention.
The author considers the nature of the interagency space, a shared language for multiagency work, and how the problem-solving aspects of interagency work touch the activities of peace building and the psychological dynamics of peacemaking.
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