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21st Century Responsibilities for Public Servants: The Grand Exodus

21st Century Responsibilities for Public Servants: The Grand Exodus

Public services of the future require a different set of workforce roles than in the past. Those roles needs to adhere to the demands and expectations of the public that…

Final Destination

Final Destination

I believe that public administration is about leading society toward a more equitable and just future and it is up to us to recognize ways in which we can do…

Leading With the “Good” Kind of Confidence

Leading With the “Good” Kind of Confidence

One of the most valuable lessons gained from that experience was realizing that people often act and speak out based on their own concerns and space. …

Financial Reporting: Transparency and Accountability in the Public Sector

Financial Reporting: Transparency and Accountability in the Public Sector

But just as the pillars supporting our bridges and highways need investments to safely serve millions of vehicles per day, the pillars that support our financial management systems require investment…

Public Administration Scholarship and the Epidemic of Academic Fraud and Dishonesty Part 5: Restoring the Sanctity of Basic Research

Public Administration Scholarship and the Epidemic of Academic Fraud and Dishonesty Part 5: Restoring the Sanctity of Basic Research

...we reward fraudulent research because we no longer value and protect the basic research enterprise. Read more.…

Administrative Evil in Action? Unmasking the Harms of the Administration Homeless Criminalization Laws

Administrative Evil in Action? Unmasking the Harms of the Administration Homeless Criminalization Laws

Lastly, we must claim this is our own—as an administrative concern, rather than simply a political or a social one—and take active steps to end the harm enabled by these…

Designated Scapegoats: A “Solution” to Avoid

Designated Scapegoats: A “Solution” to Avoid

If the intent shifts to the assignment of blame—a focus on finding a scapegoat for failure—agencies will be failing their organization, their workforce and their communities.…

Lincoln’s Public Finance during the Civil War and Lessons for Today’s Lawmakers

Lincoln’s Public Finance during the Civil War and Lessons for Today’s Lawmakers

We can learn a lot from Lincoln’s success in dealing with the existential threats that confronted our nation nearly 150 years ago. My hope is that our current elected officials…

The Humpty Dumpty Problem – Part One

The Humpty Dumpty Problem – Part One

Recently, there have been a number of articles in the lay press recommending a limited number of things to do to stay healthy...All reasonable, and all supported by extensive studies.…

Where Did Everyone Go?

Where Did Everyone Go?

Most of all, we must be open to recognizing that things have changed. We can make sure those changes enable success or we can let them drain our numbers. We…

Data-Driven Strategic Planning

Data-Driven Strategic Planning

Embrace data-driven strategic plans that support evidence-based decision making to allow local governments to be more responsive to community needs and ultimately more effective in achieving desired outcomes.…

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