Accountability and Performance Rating LO17497

John Cremer (
Sun, 22 Mar 1998 16:42:18 -0500

I've been following both the accountability and performance rating
subject threads for some time, but it just now occurred to me that they
can be viewed as parts of the same package. Isn't the performance
appraisal really an accountability tool designed to hold a person
responsible for their job related behavior? An imperfect tool, often
poorly administered and designed. It is frequently misused, but is an
accountability tool none the less. No wonder they are widely disliked!

Another thread that lately appeared is around grades. Couldn't you
say that grading and testing are accountability tools in the same sense?

"The commander is responsible for everything his/her unit does or
fails to do." (Paraphrased from the Officers Guide). That statement
fixes accountability for military commanders quite neatly. I don't know
of any civilian counterpart, but one might be useful - especially in

John Cremer


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