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Public Policy and Market Failure

Public Policy and Market Failure

Government intervention in the economy recognizes there are often issues with allocating certain goods and services using market mechanisms. For example, there is little debate about the efficiency of the…

Pay Trumps No Pay

Pay Trumps No Pay

Today a senior staff member in a critically important national institution with a college degree works full time without a salary. This is apparently an acceptable state of affairs because…

Coming Home and Funding New Campaigns: Veterans’ Access to Capital

Coming Home and Funding New Campaigns: Veterans’ Access to Capital

While American veterans’ benefits have existed since the Revolutionary War, most aim to maintain and restore social capital to servicemen and servicewomen and their families. Fewer veterans’ assistance programs target…

Social Security Administration and Budget Cuts: The Struggle to Provide Customer Service

Social Security Administration and Budget Cuts: The Struggle to Provide Customer Service

For the past six years, Social Security Administration (SSA) employees have struggled to meet the growing demand for customer service. On average, Social Security beneficiaries wait on hold for 15…

This Week’s Episode of Repeal and Replace: Obamacare

This Week’s Episode of Repeal and Replace: Obamacare

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to a Senate vote just before the July 4 recess. Let’s review some of the key…

Medicaid Expansion: Will Positive Outcomes Assure Future Viability?

Medicaid Expansion: Will Positive Outcomes Assure Future Viability?

There is perhaps a case no more contentious in public administration of U.S. health care services than state implementation (or not) of Medicaid expansion for medically indigent and low income…

Intersector Briefing: Smart Cities and Cross-Sector Collaboration

Intersector Briefing: Smart Cities and Cross-Sector Collaboration

“Smart city” is a phrase referenced more and more often in discussions related to urban development, whether by urban planners, city leaders or tech companies. But what does it really…

The Indispensable Goodbye

The Indispensable Goodbye

The government wide freeze is over, but federal employee anxiety lingers as layoff threats remain. Some agencies have continued freezes while they plan more “surgical” cuts. President Trump’s 2018 proposed…

ERM in State and Local Government

ERM in State and Local Government

Enterprise risk management (ERM) has not received much attention from the public sector. The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) introduced the ERM framework in 2004, about a decade after the…

Evergreen Chapter Facilitates Internship for Nursing Student from Japan

Evergreen Chapter Facilitates Internship for Nursing Student from Japan

In March 2017, members of ASPA’s Evergreen Chapter welcomed Ms. Marina Inagaki to Washington State for a two week internship. Marina is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hyogo…

The White House Chief of Staff – The Most Powerful Person in Washington?

The White House Chief of Staff – The Most Powerful Person in Washington?

I’ve often thought that the role of the White House Chief of Staff (WHCOS) was equal in complexity and responsibilities to about any other public servant’s role that I could…

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