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Building A “Core” Culture: The Public Administrator as Ethical Leader and Chief Learning Officer

Building A “Core” Culture: The Public Administrator as Ethical Leader and Chief Learning Officer

When the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations became effective November 1, 1991, the law and ethics now provided a substantive “core” for assessing organizational performance. For the past 27 years,…

Mutual Mission Theory: From Barn-Raising to Pop-Up Collaboration — Leveraging the Will to Collaborate to Fortify National Resiliency

Mutual Mission Theory: From Barn-Raising to Pop-Up Collaboration — Leveraging the Will to Collaborate to Fortify National Resiliency

The will to collaborate is deeply ingrained in the human spirit and is integral to the engine that continues to drive civilization. Today, evidence of this will to collaborate is expressed…

Apothecary as an Administrator’s Option to Opioid Abuse

Apothecary as an Administrator’s Option to Opioid Abuse

The abuse of opioids is receiving growing public scrutiny. For example, The Economist mentioned the complex issues behind the factors and environments that facilitate the dependency on opioids in their…

A Better Option

A Better Option

If Congress—Republicans and/or Democrats—really want to fix the problems of universal access to quality, affordable healthcare, prevention and wellness services as well as improving retirement security for all Americans, they…

The Legacy of the Vietnam War Continues to Undermine Trust and Confidence in the Federal Government and Other Institutions

The Legacy of the Vietnam War Continues to Undermine Trust and Confidence in the Federal Government and Other Institutions

I think it non-controversial to say that the low level of public trust in the federal government and other institutions of American society has reached the point of crisis. Wide…

American Society in Motion – The Ever-Changing Present

American Society in Motion – The Ever-Changing Present

The rate of change in American society continues to accelerate. Every new wrinkle of an existing social truism becomes a tear in the social fabric — and these small separations…

Chelsea Manning and the Transgender Identity in the Military

Chelsea Manning and the Transgender Identity in the Military

When the ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ (DADT) policy, which discriminated against the LGBT members of the military from serving openly, was repealed in 2011, it allowed for lesbian, bisexual and…

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…