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Skills to Embrace AI and Data Science in Public Administration—Part I

Skills to Embrace AI and Data Science in Public Administration—Part I

The data revolution provides new opportunities to ensure that information, evidence and data are used to drive decision making—not opinions, assumptions, hunches and guesses.…

Managing Public Sector Employees: Transparency, Accountability and Due Process

Managing Public Sector Employees: Transparency, Accountability and Due Process

Taking the time to remind employees that they are valuable members of the organization and the critical role each person contributes to the success of the mission and goals is…

Challenges To Creating a Culture of Philanthropy in MPA Programs

Challenges To Creating a Culture of Philanthropy in MPA Programs

The biggest lesson I have learned is that building a true culture of philanthropy in a public institution is more difficult than I ever imagined. It is not enough to…

Lessons to a Young Local Government Administrator—Part 1

Lessons to a Young Local Government Administrator—Part 1

No matter the age or tenure profile, we need to pay it forward. Take those calls from aspiring managers. Establish those internship programs. Hold onto the entry-level positions for the…

Keeping Communities Connected: Public Perceptions of Public Transportation

Keeping Communities Connected: Public Perceptions of Public Transportation

Looking ahead, it’s clear that support for public transportation in general is relatively high. The challenge for policymakers will be to identify how to support and improve existing public transportation…

The Growth of Authoritarianism:  A Challenge for Public Administration—Part 1

<strong><u>The Growth of Authoritarianism:  A Challenge for Public Administration—Part 1</u></strong>

The recent rise of authoritarianism in the U.S. culture, therefore, can debase the nation’s institutions, pervert policymaking and infiltrate public administration.…

“Just in Case” Thinking: Lessons From a Public Agency Embezzlement Scandal

“Just in Case” Thinking: Lessons From a Public Agency Embezzlement Scandal

Having internal controls and other policies designed to prevent and detect wrongdoing is the organizational equivalent of a parachute. However, also critical are the messages leaders send about the importance…

Health Care Costs: Enough To Make You Sick!

Health Care Costs: Enough To Make You Sick!

The complicated morass of how health care prices are determined and how care is paid is far too complex to support good decision making by individuals or the public administration…

Mental Health as a Dimension of Inclusion

Mental Health as a Dimension of Inclusion

Unacknowledged intersectionality makes it easier to put people with mental disorders in the “other” category. Defining people by their “otherness” creates opportunities to let fear get in the way of seeing…

What Is Your Return on Meetings?

What Is Your Return on Meetings?

Time is a more valuable resource than money and should be treated as such. Before scheduling that meeting, consider if the benefits of the meeting outweigh the costs. …

Community-oriented Policing: A Public Management Paradigm Shift in Law Enforcement

Community-oriented Policing: A Public Management Paradigm Shift in Law Enforcement

Only a shift in how this nation approaches law enforcement can prevent future murders of citizens, and in turn, public administrators need to make criminal justice policy reform a priority.…