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In an effort to streamline government, the White House announced Friday their intent to consolidate federal agencies and offices with interconnected missions, including:
- Department of Commerce’s business and trade functions
- Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
- Small Business Administration
- Export-Import Bank
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation
- U.S. Trade and Development Agency
- DATA – this includes number of current employees, at what levels, in what job functions. And that’s just the beginning. Be prepared with time-to-hire, attrition rates, employee performance, telework, real estate (tip: try collaborating with the facilities or real property management folks to determine how much space would be required for your employees in a new space).
- SYSTEMS – as you try to collect the data points above (and much more), you’ll likely login to a number of web applications, databases, shared networks, USAJOBS back-end systems, and who knows what else. Interoperability, mobility, the cloud — they’ll want to know what hardware employees are using and what kinds of operating systems they’re running (hint: try collaborating with your Office of the Chief Information Officer to determine which systems are accelerating human performance, and which are stifling it).
- CULTURE – this one can be trickier. You’ll want to articulate what makes your office unique, and how those points of differentiation may sync up or clash with your new partners. Talk to employees and stakeholders about their concerns. Take the pulse anecdotally in the break room or empirically via your agency’s online survey tool (Don’t have one? Try a free one like SurveyGizmo, SurveyMonkey or Google Forms). You may want to benchmark other large organizations in similar fields to see how they regularly pull off successful mergers. You don’t need an action memorandum or clearance to reach out to counterparts in other sectors or cities.
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