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9/11 Commission Report. Reorganization, Transformation, and Information Sharing

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Congressional testimony

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This testimony addresses two issues 1 the lack of effective information sharing and analysis and 2 the need for executive branch reorganization in response to the 911 Commission recommendations, It further addresses how to remedy problems in information sharing and analysis by transforming the intelligence community from a system of need to know to one of a need to share. The Comptroller Generals testimony will cover four major points. First the rationale for improving effective information sharing and analysis is described and suggestions for some ways to achieve positive results are given. Improvements would include, for example, developing a comprehensive and coordinated national plan to facilitate information sharing and relationships. Second, this testimony provides some overview perspectives on reorganizational approaches to improve performance and notes necessary cautions. For example, the Congress has an important role to plan in the design and implementation of a new structure, and oversight will be key to success. Third, it is illustrated that strategic human capital management must be the centerpiece of any serious change management initiative or any effort to transform the cultures of government agencies, including that of the intelligence community. Strategic management includes, for example, consideration of human capital flexibilities. Finally the importance of results-oriented strategic planning and implementation for the intelligence arena, focusing management attention on outcomes, not outputs, and the need for effective accountability and oversight to maintain focus upon improving performance is emphasized. For example, much more attention needs to be paid to defining goals and measures, and providing for increased oversight of the performance of the intelligence community. The Comptroller General concludes his testimony by applying these concepts and principles to the challenges of reform in the intelligence community.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Civil Defense

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