The cover of a report about key government reorganizations in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks shows busy bees working in a hive.

It’s a curious pick for the cover because the hive represents what the new agencies were not — well-organized.

The report’s title, “Securing the Future,” clearly represents what the bees are doing. But the subtitle, “Management Lessons of 9/11,” more accurately represents what government leaders involved in reorganizations should do — learn from the many problems encountered when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) got started.

Though the report — being issued Tuesday by the Partnership for Public Service, a good government group and the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton — focuses on management issues, the implications for employees are clear, particularly the senior career staffers who will continue to guide a new agency after the political appointees are long gone.


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