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Police-Community Relations and Services Are Changing in a Positive Way in Cities Throughout America

Police-Community Relations and Services Are Changing in a Positive Way in Cities Throughout America

The public services provided by Police Departments to citizens in our nation’s cities are changing rapidly. This is due to the changing ethnic composition of our society, the national enhancement…

Management and Budgeting for Biodefense Threats: A Call to Action for the OMB

Management and Budgeting for Biodefense Threats: A Call to Action for the OMB

Addressing a major biodefense event in the U.S may require coordination among up to two dozen federal agencies. In order to facilitate this work in advance, a more cohesive budgeting…

Equal Pay for Equal Work: Enough Said

Equal Pay for Equal Work: Enough Said

“Equal Pay for Equal Work!” Why is this such a difficult concept to grasp when it’s straight forward and just the right thing to do? Gender inequality has been an…

The Niche for ASPA?

The Niche for ASPA?

The world of professional development and networking is incredibly crowded, especially given the virtual opportunities provided by social media. ASPA has responded well to this with an ever-growing online presence…

Asking the Right Questions to Understand a Cross-sector Collaboration

Asking the Right Questions to Understand a Cross-sector Collaboration

Cross-sector collaboration can be complex and sometimes opaque, bringing together multiple stakeholders with differing institutional logics, motivations, and practices, who are often navigating ambiguous decision-making processes with varying formality. At…

Federal Laws are Not Suggestions

Federal Laws are Not Suggestions

We are blessed to have a constitutional republic form of government— a nomocracy. Law, not the whims and preferences of elected officials, rules supreme. Not being able to change laws…

Does the War on Regulations Make Sense?

Does the War on Regulations Make Sense?

On December 14, 2017, the Washington Post reported that president Trump promised to roll back federal regulations from the current level of 185,000 pages to the 1960 level of 20,000…

Americans Want Big — But Unspecified — Changes in the Federal Government’s Design and Structure

Americans Want Big — But Unspecified — Changes in the Federal Government’s Design and Structure

The Pew Research Center recently surveyed how the American public perceived America’s political system and democracy. The survey shows there is little agreement on exactly how government should change.…

Part II: Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce: The Employees’ Perspective Matters

Part II: Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce: The Employees’ Perspective Matters

Leaders shouldn't dwell on the differences. Dwelling can redirect your efforts as a leader from moving the organization forward to focusing on differences that don't stop your leadership goals. …

Trouble with The Curve

Trouble with The Curve

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of serving as a peer reviewer of an online MPA course. Working closely with curriculum innovation to accomplish this review, I found the “holy…

Building a Performance Management System to Stand the Test of Time

Building a Performance Management System to Stand the Test of Time

The first step to thinking about performance in the long term is acknowledging that these efforts don’t often come for free. It's common for organizations to adopt performance and not…

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