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ASPA Adopts New Code of Ethics

For the past two years, a 31-person working group initiated by ASPA Past President, Erik Bergrud has been reviewing the ASPA Code of Ethics. The group, co-chaired by Jim Nordin…

Experiencing the Risks and Rewards of Foreign Service

Experiencing the Risks and Rewards of Foreign Service

In the course of my career I have had the opportunity to serve my country overseas in two capacities. The first one was when I enlisted in the U.S. Army…

Life with My Dad as a Foreign Service Officer

My father enjoyed an extensive, rich career with the U.S. Foreign Service for a span of over thirty years. After passing the rigorous exam containing several portions (written, oral, medical,…

Finding the Good in the Bad

It was well after midnight and I couldn’t sleep. In the adjoining room of the hotel where I was staying, a baby’s cry pierced through the wafer-thin walls. As a…

Best Practices for a Successful Foreign Service Tour of Duty

Best Practices for a Successful Foreign Service Tour of Duty

When I first landed on foreign soil, it soon became apparent that my specialized education and training at the hands of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations were not…

Foreign Service Then and Now: Has Anything Changed?

Foreign Service is a well-known professional activity in many global societies whose highlights include travel to far away countries to serve as the representative of a country and its government.…

The 28th Annual International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members Observed Monday

On March 25, 1985, armed men abducted Alec Collett while he was on assignment in Lebanon for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near…

Successful Collaboration in the City of Hampton, Virginia Budgetary Process

Successful Collaboration in the City of Hampton, Virginia Budgetary Process

“Borrowing trouble and just increasing our workload!” That is a common passing thought when governmental entities consider expanding upon their use of social media to encourage public engagement and participation…

Special Virtual Issue on Public Service Motivation

Special Virtual Issue on Public Service Motivation

Take a moment to read articles about the new ideas and concepts shaping public administration in the Public Administration Review’s (PAR) special virtual issue.  Access to PAR is free for…

Democracy and the Public Agenda

“Those who would sacrifice essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”        - Benjamin Franklin Currently, many issues that affect our society…

Financial Sustainability, Cultural Relevance and Resource Management Top Issues at 2013 Gathering of Public Administrators

More than 1,100 public servants working at the city, state and federal level are gathered in New Orleans in an exchange of theory and best practices related to sustainability and…

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