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Monday, January 23, 2012

AGA recommends new COO, PIO job descriptions

A new push to improve performance also could change how the government chooses chief operating officers, with an eye toward candidates who find true interest in data-driven reviews of federal programs.

The recommendation, by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), would bake performance improvement into the chief operating officer's job description and require the Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP), which is instrumental in hiring political appointees, to determine how willing and able candidates are to actively pursue data-driven performance improvement programs. Without that, AGA said, sustaining the programs becomes more difficult.

The AGA study also recommended evaluating where performance improvement officers fall on agencies' organization charts and converting every PIO position into a full time role.

Despite finding a number of shortcomings, the AGA found that the data-driven performance review process is working.

The analysis comes in the form of data-driven, or at least data-informed, reviews of programs, according to AGA.

-Ruben Gomez, FederalNewsRadio.com

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