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Generational Perspectives on American Public Administration in the Deep South for Law Enforcement Policy and Community Relations at the Local, State and National Levels

Generational Perspectives on American Public Administration in the Deep South for Law Enforcement Policy and Community Relations at the Local, State and National Levels

A perspective on law enforcement and policy such as regulations and community relations should examine whether government regulations are considered to do more harm than good; whether the government already…

Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Legislation – A Practitioner’s Perspective

Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Legislation – A Practitioner’s Perspective

Recently, Senate Republicans released a "discussion draft" of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This column offers an overview of how to read and implement…

Community Development: The Importance of Ordinary People

Community Development: The Importance of Ordinary People

If asked, could you provide the names and basic information about your neighbors? Better yet, to what extent do you converse with your neighbors — excluding the superficial discussions about…

What is a Specialist?

What is a Specialist?

I have written before about how I think public administration generally and ASPA specifically is trying to find its identity in these political times. It is in moments like these…

What Are Your Cyber Risks? A Systematic Way to Assess Cybersecurity

What Are Your Cyber Risks? A Systematic Way to Assess Cybersecurity

Imagine a scenario where you can’t log into computers or use the telephone, paychecks cannot be electronically processed, emergency services can’t access data or coordinate, front-line staff can’t conduct electronic…

The Data Briefing: Will an Artificial Intelligence Agent Be on Your Next Project?

The Data Briefing: Will an Artificial Intelligence Agent Be on Your Next Project?

I recently signed up for an online project management application which uses an artificial intelligence (AI) agent to help with common project tasks. Tasks such as notifying team members of…

Why I Left Illinois… and Higher Education

Why I Left Illinois… and Higher Education

After almost three years without a budget, Illinois state legislators passed a state budget. It was overwritten by Governor Bruce Rauner (R) but the bills were overridden by the state…

How to Avoid Four Fatal Flaws when Designing your Government Performance Management System

How to Avoid Four Fatal Flaws when Designing your Government Performance Management System

Performance management in government is in vogue. All manner of governments have adopted some form of performance management system. However, in the name of performance management almost anything seems to…

Boosting Employee Engagement to Boost Trust in Government

Boosting Employee Engagement to Boost Trust in Government

When I speak to groups about why government agencies and jurisdictions should measure and improve employee engagement, I always hit at the “why it matters” question very hard. That is,…

Motivation: A Requirement for Success

Motivation: A Requirement for Success

Motivation is a requirement for success. Motivation is hard to assess and harder to influence. I’ll write more about that, but first, let me remind you of the formula: Success…

Two Perspectives on Social Justice

Two Perspectives on Social Justice

Social justice, this familiar, but arduous to define topic, impacts many aspects of our lives. The difficulty in describing social justice is because of our personal perspectives on justice, equality…