Report Identifies Mechanisms for Collaboration

Monday, October 1, 2012

In September 2012 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report identifying mechanisms to implement interagency collaborative efforts. The report, GAO-12-1022, also examines the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 Modernization Act of 2010, which was established to improve government performance.

GAO-12-1022 identifies the mechanisms that the federal government uses to lead and implement interagency collaboration. The report also identifies issues that should be considered when implementing these mechanisms. While conducting their research, GAO reviewed literature dealing with interagency collaborative mechanisms and interviewed various experts in the field of collaboration. GAO also reviewed previous reports involving collaborative mechanisms.

GAO found that federal agencies use a variety of mechanisms to implement interagency collaborative efforts, including the use of a presidentially-appointed coordinator, agencies co-located within one facility, or the use of interagency task forces. These mechanisms can be used to address policy development, information sharing and communication, capacity building, and a variety of other purposes. GAO also found that additional issues should be considered when implementing these mechanisms, including outcomes and accountability, leadership, participants, and resources.

For more information about GAO-12-1022, please follow the link below.
GAO-12-1022, Managing for Results: Key Considerations for Implementing Interagency Collaborative Mechanisms

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