Performance Appraisal

Federal Government Managers Need New Competencies

If the issue is how to strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness by making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative, then federal managers, among others, need the competencies –skill, attitudes, etc., to enable them do that effectively.

 

What do federal managers need to be aware of, to know about, and to do in order to make government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative?

 

We can look to one of the competencies established by the International City and County Managers Association (ICMA) for local government managers, described as Democratic Advocacy and Citizen Participation:

 

Demonstrating a commitment to democratic principles by respecting elected officials, community interest groups, and the decision making process; educating citizens about local government; and acquiring knowledge of the social, economic, and political history of the community (requires knowledge of democratic principles, political processes, and local government law; skill in group dynamics, communication, and facilitation; ability to appreciate and work with diverse individuals and groups and to follow the community’s lead in the democratic process).

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