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My Last Column

As I look back on my years as an officer and President of ASPA, I can say that they have been times full of trouble for the economy, the public…

Making the Most of Opportunities During a Recession

Smart managers recognize that human capital may, in fact, be the organization’s most valuable asset.

Pay it Forward…Advice from an ASPA Member

You need a lot of different types of people on your road to success. Different people bring different influences and abilities. The information from a book called UR A Brand…

Five Questions Every Manager Should Ask about Judicial Decision-making

Public administrators often excel at gathering information from their environment and using it to make their organizations run more efficiently and get their jobs done more effectively. Gathering information from…

Adapting Public Administration to the Environment

There appears to be widespread agreement within the career public service that multiple models of public administration exist. As an example, the PA TIMES article of May 2009, "Defining Public…

Obama’s Performance Revolution: Changing How Government Works

“The Administration is committed to revolutionizing how the federal government works on behalf of the American people,” states President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget. But this comes as a surprise…

ASPA: Rising to the Challenge

As this issue comes out, ASPA will be convening our annual conference in San Jose. As we do so, it is time to take stock of our field and our…

Teach for America: A Model for Attracting and Developing Talent

Many ASPA members probably know about the nonprofit organization Teach for America. If not, you should. Not just because of the great work that TFA does, but also because of…

Pay it Forward…Advice from an ASPA Member

As a practitioner, a business woman and an academic in the public service, I often serve on interview panels and also am asked to assist students and practitioners with getting…

What I Learned During My “ASPA Sabbatical”

Guest Columnist: ASPA Vice President Erik Bergrud

Blindsided: Suddenly and Abruptly!


This article ran in the January/February print issue of PA TIMES. Email Editor Christine McCrehin at [email protected] to find out how to subscribe to the paper.


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