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Political Appointments and Government Performance: What can be done?

Political Appointments and Government Performance: What can be done?

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By The National Center for Public Performance January 31, 2017…

Japan’s Health Care Support for Elderly Revisited

Japan’s Health Care Support for Elderly Revisited

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Itoko Suzuki January 31, 2017 Japan’s health care “socialism”…

Stand, Kneel, Sit or Just Lay Down

Stand, Kneel, Sit or Just Lay Down

In this column, I express my humble but considered opinion on the political flap of San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick's not standing for our national anthem at National Football League…

Plight of the Injured Worker: Reflection on Worker’s Compensation and Social Security Disability Policy

Plight of the Injured Worker: Reflection on Worker’s Compensation and Social Security Disability Policy

From a distance, policies can appear benign. Until brought into question, the magnitude of the obstacles embedded in policies are not illuminated. An area of policy plagued with obstacles involves…

More Data Needed on Police Body Cameras

More Data Needed on Police Body Cameras

The tragic deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York have sparked a national debate about the relationship of police and average citizens.…

Post Ferguson Public Policy Solutions

Post Ferguson Public Policy Solutions

In the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown, communities are looking for a response from elected officials and police departments on what changes can be made to improve how…

Helping Veterans Find Their Next Calling

Helping Veterans Find Their Next Calling

I joined the United States Marine Corps in August 1999 with hopes of acquiring the knowledge, skills and abilities to become a competitive police officer; however I got more than…

Is the Cure for Cancer on the Horizon?

Is the Cure for Cancer on the Horizon?

We are just past the first decade into the third century of what can be called modern science. We have made significant strides against many human infectious diseases. However, we…

Waiting for the Boogie Man: Ebola, Flu and Other Reasons to Build Community Resilience

Waiting for the Boogie Man: Ebola, Flu and Other Reasons to Build Community Resilience

Emergency management agencies were created largely to deal with the threats posed by earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Homeland security programs were implemented to deal with the threats posed…

Honoring Fallen Civil Service Heroes

Honoring Fallen Civil Service Heroes

Since 1992, over 3,000 federal civil servants have been killed in the line of duty. Those who have given their lives in service to the nation have come from agencies…

Using Grants as Incentives for Public Health Emergency Preparedness: A Double-Edged Sword?

The events surrounding the U.S. response to H1N1, as well as the recent international response to an outbreak of the Ebola virus, illustrates the importance of collaboration in preparing for…

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