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A Tale of Two Protests

A Tale of Two Protests

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.  By Robert Brescia March 17, 2017 What’s that — another…

Fatal Attrition

Fatal Attrition

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.  By Carletta Walker March 17, 2017 The rising crime rate…

The Executive Order on Travel: Case Study on the Concurrence Process

The Executive Order on Travel: Case Study on the Concurrence Process

The Executive Order (EO) on travel restrictions, issued by the White House on January 27, 2017, immediately caused confusion at airports worldwide and a significant backlash. The order suspended travel…

Innovation IS for Everyone!

Innovation IS for Everyone!

We have all heard it somewhere, sometime during work, social gatherings or maybe even a family gathering: “I don't have a creative, innovative bone in my body.” Or maybe something…

A Guide for Higher Education Administrators: Serving a Diversifying Student Body

A Guide for Higher Education Administrators: Serving a Diversifying Student Body

According to a 2015 study by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Education and the Penn Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, only nine percent of those…

Meeting the Challenge of Government Microservices

Meeting the Challenge of Government Microservices

Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis and blogs emerged around the same time then-Senator Obama was considering his run for the presidency. President Obama’s 2008 campaign harnessed the power of…

Resist the Temptation to Perpetuate Injustice

Resist the Temptation to Perpetuate Injustice

Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed, “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In the first two months of 2017, at least seven transgendered women of color have been murdered:…

Leadership – The Key Driver of Employee Engagement

Last month, I shared highlights from my organization’s national survey of employee engagement across the U.S. workforce. Our poll generated data on the levels of engagement in the private and…

Words Matter

Words Matter

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” “It’s your actions not your words which demonstrate the kind of leader you are.” PaddockWe’ve been trained to believe…

Attack on the Administrative State

Attack on the Administrative State

The Trump administration has begun an overt attack on the “administrative state," in which unelected officials are essentially writing new laws, making political decisions and redirecting public programs according to…

Community Policing: The New Protect and Serve

Community Policing: The New Protect and Serve

Community policing, as defined by Community Oriented Policing Services, is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem solving techniques, to proactively address…