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Lying and Intention in Public Administration

Judging from the number of articles devoted to the topic, lying is pervasive in many organizations. Newell's account of the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's "clearly erroneous" sworn…

The American with Disabilities Act and the Public Safety Careers

The American with Disabilities Act and the Public Safety Careers

The mission of accredited police, fire and emergency services academies is to serve the community by training individuals as police officers, firefighters and EMT paramedics. Most state and local public…

Mayors Model Resiliency Policy on Volunteer Sweat Equity

Mayors Model Resiliency Policy on Volunteer Sweat Equity

National resiliency is in part grounded in the sweat equity of local volunteerism and the community leadership’s ability to harness that capacity for crisis readiness. The adage is largely true;…

Cybersecurity and Equality: Are Minorities Allowed to Play?

Cybersecurity and Equality: Are Minorities Allowed to Play?

I remember going to college (I was completing my masters at the time) and attending a job placement seminar. It had major employers from private, public and nonprofit sectors looking…

The Secret to Becoming a Great President – Revealed

The Secret to Becoming a Great President – Revealed

Making a presidential decision that is the right decision always includes a fair amount of input from others, evaluating priorities and considering ethics — the moral impact of the decision.…

Thirty-Five Years of Failed Fiscal Policies Demonstrate that Cutting Federal Taxes Will Not Produce Economic Growth

Thirty-Five Years of Failed Fiscal Policies Demonstrate that Cutting Federal Taxes Will Not Produce Economic Growth

My entire adult life has been coincidental with rise to dominance of the economic dogma of “supplied side” economics. The United States now has 35 continuous years of experience with…

The Overlooked Key to Improved Performance: Culture Change

The Overlooked Key to Improved Performance: Culture Change

This column was triggered when I read the interview “Changing the Culture in Government: A Conversation with Ted Gaebler” on the same day the US Office of Management and Budget…

Four Questions to Ask Before Digitally Transforming the Government Agency

Four Questions to Ask Before Digitally Transforming the Government Agency

It seems most organizations are digitally transforming themselves or at least planning to transform. With the advent of cloud computing, application programming interfaces (APIs), big data and artificial intelligence, organizations…

Global Millennials in Administration

Global Millennials in Administration

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) has more than 3,000 student members. Most are in MPA programs, some are in DPA or Ph.D. programs, and all are in the…

Becoming the Nation’s “Best Managed” Government: One State’s Approach

Becoming the Nation’s “Best Managed” Government: One State’s Approach

In July 2013, Greg Adams became chief operating officer of Tennessee, a new position in the state’s government. From the start, Adams said recently, “We had a big focus on…

Why Theory X and Y Wasn’t So Helpful to Me

Why Theory X and Y Wasn’t So Helpful to Me

Back in the '70s, I received a strong dose of McGregor’s Theory X and Y in my MPA program. Theory X and Y is still mentioned several times in Rainey’s…