Aligning mission support with mission delivery: Interview with Ellen Herbst, CFO, U.S. Dept of Commerce

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Ellen Herbst, chief financial officer and assistant secretary of Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss aligning mission support with mission delivery, the department's management and performance agenda, how Commerce is working to transform the way it does business, and what Commerce is doing to support its employees and reform its hiring process.

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Aligning mission support with mission delivery: Interview with Ellen Herbst, CFO, U.S. Dept of Commerce
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