(It sounds incredible, but it's true. We've seen the letter from permanent secretary Michael Bichard).
Unfortunately, what the department did not know was that the Cabinet Office at No 10 is doing precisely the same thing, via its grandly-titled performance and innovation unit.
Ministers are very keen on people such as local education authorities, health authorities and social workers talking to each other.
If only they can get government departments doing the same thing, who knows what they could achieve?