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Sidewalk Labs, Transportation for America Help Cities Address Transportation Problems

Sidewalk Labs, Transportation for America Help Cities Address Transportation Problems

The winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge will receive up to $40 million to integrate innovative technologies into their transportation planning. Over 70 cities submitted applications.…

Keeping Your Eye On the Prize

Keeping Your Eye On the Prize

In these dark days of tragedy, public administrators are challenged to remain positive and focus on the job they are paid to do. When I worked with state and local…

Leadership Skills for the Complex Adaptive Organization

Leadership Skills for the Complex Adaptive Organization

A previous PA Times Online column proposed that public administration is facing headwinds that require a radical transformation from the traditional hierarchical system. This transformation requires decentralized, “tree” organizations, characterized…

To Follow the Rules or Not? That’s the Federal Dilemma

To Follow the Rules or Not? That’s the Federal Dilemma

Figuring out the best decision to make in the workplace just became much more difficult for federal employees. In a recent case, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld administrative action…

Understanding Generational Differences: Millennials’ View of Ethics

Understanding Generational Differences: Millennials’ View of Ethics

Public and private organizations must take steps to safe-guard assets, promote effective and efficient operations and ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Management is charged with creating an appropriate control…

Terrifying Words

Terrifying Words

In a 1986 speech, President Ronald Reagan stated, “I’ve always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”…

Gun Violence, Homophobia and Domestic Terrorism: Time for a Renewed Public Agenda

Gun Violence, Homophobia and Domestic Terrorism: Time for a Renewed Public Agenda

In the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, one lone gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others in a venue frequented by members of the LGBT community. While discussions…

What Makes the Next Generation of Public Servants So Different?

What Makes the Next Generation of Public Servants So Different?

Today’s newly minted public servants understand the challenges they face will rarely come with an easy solution or a demonstration of appreciation. Yet they remain committed to making a difference.…

Managing Local Government Technological Risks

Managing Local Government Technological Risks

Citizens expect their government agencies to keep up with technology advancements. However, financially stressed agencies often struggle to keep pace with the rapidly changing technological environment. The ongoing threat of…

Millennials, Ethics and Governance

Millennials, Ethics and Governance

In the United States, the sheer size of millennials and their propensity for mass information dissemination could greatly impact the role of governance. This article will assess the implications of…

Rethinking the Dimensions of Citizenship

Rethinking the Dimensions of Citizenship

In our society, the right to vote is a fundamental right and characterizes American democracy. However, growing segments of the population, including people who were formerly incarcerated, are being alienated…

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