Monthly Archives: July 2017

Earning the Trust of the Agency Your Investigators Oversee

Posted on July30, 2017
In a recent article on the independence and accountability of Inspectors General, former government official Don Upson makes a great point.  Because federal IGs oversee Executive Branch agencies but provide reports to Congress, they can be viewed with suspicion by agency staff.  This suspicion is greatly enhanced if a member of Congress uses the IG’s report to bring an agency head into Congress and berate them in front of TV cameras – and then use that video on their own…
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Three Questions To Ask Before Any Major Agency Purchase

Posted on July21, 2017
There are a lot of reasons to be hesitant about making a major purchase when working inside a government agency.  The procurement process can be cumbersome and time consuming.  High-cost items reduce the budget remaining for critical day-to-day expenditures.  Finally, you have to wonder what the long-term consequences will be if you select the wrong service or vendor. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know ahead of time whether the decision will work out or not – the agency’s needs may change…
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Small Tasks Add Up For Investigative Teams

Posted on July15, 2017
Investigators don’t get many opportunities to make lives easier for the agency staff they oversee.  When an opportunity does come along to do a favor without compromising oversight or independence, it’s a great way to build some goodwill.  It has the added benefit of reminding investigative staff that their skills are respected within the agency, which can improve morale.  One example of this is a request to ensure that an agency staff member who is up for promotion hasn’t demonstrated…
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Employee Exit Interviews: A Great Place to Learn About Agency Problems

Posted on July09, 2017
Only half of Fortune 500 companies say their organization does a good job with the information gained through employee surveys to make positive change.  Is your agency using the employee surveys it conducts to improve the way it manages employees or produces results for taxpayers?  If not, it is missing a major opportunity for improvement.  One of the most common surveys conducted is the exit interview.  This is also one of the surveys most likely to yield major organizational challenges…
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