How federal leaders can build constructive relationships with their internal watchdogs

Do you want the good news or the bad news?

This is one of the questions that you assume any leader would hate hearing. After all, who wants bad news?

But for savvy federal leaders, bad news can turn out to be good news. If sought out as a means of identifying and solving problems as soon as possible, bad news dealt with swiftly can prevent public scandals and head off problems before they get out of control.

This is one of the conclusions from a recent report published by the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton called "Walking the Line: Inspectors General Balancing Independence and Impact." The report examines the built-in tensions between inspectors general (IGs) and agency leaders, and how the two sides can build constructive relationships.

This post was originally featured on The Washington Post's website