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Seth Harris: Labor Dept Applies ‘Moneyball’ Concept for Operations

seth harrisThe Labor Department has worked toward achieving the agency’s goals by adopting a “Moneyball” approach to its operations, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Seth Harris, deputy labor secretary and chief operating officer, writes the agency used that concept in order to boost performance and the Moneyball system reached full operation within three years.

“In 2013, despite sequestration and employee furloughs, agencies beat the average of their own past performance on eight out of 10 metrics,” according to Harris.

“For nearly six out of 10 metrics, agencies beat their own best performance from the previous five years.”

Harris added DOL also asked component agencies to develop annual operating plans for employees to determine strategies of achieving their agencies’ goals.

Agency managers were tasked to report every quarter on the progress of their performance and account for any lapses and DOL worked to evaluate the data and seek alternative strategies, Harris writes.

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