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An Over-Bias for Action

An Over-Bias for Action

Public sector employees often have a bias for action. How do these actions fit into the specific framework of what an agency does? Can over-bias for action work against us?…

Profile in Greatness—Our Letter Carrier

Profile in Greatness—Our Letter Carrier

Letter carriers are sometimes unsung heroes—at least ours is! He is from the “old school” where public service means sacrifice and dedication to those served. He is cut from the…

Looking for Trouble: The United States Needs Leaders Who Will Seek Out Emerging Threats and Use Science and Collaboration to Create Policy Solutions

Looking for Trouble: The United States Needs Leaders Who Will Seek Out Emerging Threats and Use Science and Collaboration to Create Policy Solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the critical value of leaders who can identify impending threats, use evidence of these threats to get them on the policy agenda and mobilize actions…

Public, Private and Nonprofit Universities and Everything in Between

Public, Private and Nonprofit Universities and Everything in Between

The choice between different modes of operation regarding universities seems to be linked with the political and economic ideologies prevalent at different historical times. The question is: What difference does…

Bullish Bear: Housing and Labor

Bullish Bear: Housing and Labor

During the 2020 Pandemic, the housing market has become a buyer’s market where buyer demand outpaces the houses for sale. Without discounting health stability, quarantined or not, society is in…

The Line-Item Veto Reconsidered

The Line-Item Veto Reconsidered

In this month’s column I will explain what a line-item (sometimes called a partial or digit veto) veto is; and why Presidents do not have this ability, unlike many of…

Should Democrats and Republicans Be in Charge America’s Elections?

Should Democrats and Republicans Be in Charge America’s Elections?

Observers of the 2020 United States presidential election may be forgiven for overlooking one characteristic of American elections that has garnered less attention during this cycle but has been no…

Core Competency for the 21st Century

Core Competency for the 21st Century

With an increasing focus and reliance on government action, public administrators have been forced to re-evaluate how they deliver the best possible services as they cope with the loss of…

What If the System is Broken?

What If the System is Broken?

We probably all know by now that effective public administration requires a good understanding of people. But equally important is an understanding of systems. We can find ways to rigorously…

Federalizing Elections

Federalizing Elections

Our vote is the voice of the people. Yet creating and promoting bureaucracy for the sake of centralizing power and authority into fewer and fewer hands does not bode well…

The Risk of Doing Something

The Risk of Doing Something

In times of crisis there is immense pressure placed on those in positions of authority to do something. The demand for action is natural, but fraught with potential problems. …

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