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Congress Hits “Refresh” Button for Results Act

The House passed a bill in June to revamp the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act. In late September, the Senate took steps to update it as well. Since these…

ASPA on the Move

One of the traditions that ASPA has perfected is the annual transition of officers. I have had the privilege of serving first as vice-president elect with Harvey White, as vice-president…

The Federal Government’s Top HR Execs Speak Out

The Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton LLP recently published “Closing the Gap: Seven Obstacles to a First-Class Federal Workforce,” the latest in a series of reports dating back…

My Last Column

As I look back on my years as an officer and President of ASPA, I can say that they have been times full of trouble for the economy, the public…

Making the Most of Opportunities During a Recession

Smart managers recognize that human capital may, in fact, be the organization’s most valuable asset.

Pay it Forward…Advice from an ASPA Member

You need a lot of different types of people on your road to success. Different people bring different influences and abilities. The information from a book called UR A Brand…

Five Questions Every Manager Should Ask about Judicial Decision-making

Public administrators often excel at gathering information from their environment and using it to make their organizations run more efficiently and get their jobs done more effectively. Gathering information from…

Adapting Public Administration to the Environment

There appears to be widespread agreement within the career public service that multiple models of public administration exist. As an example, the PA TIMES article of May 2009, "Defining Public…

Obama’s Performance Revolution: Changing How Government Works

“The Administration is committed to revolutionizing how the federal government works on behalf of the American people,” states President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget. But this comes as a surprise…

ASPA: Rising to the Challenge

As this issue comes out, ASPA will be convening our annual conference in San Jose. As we do so, it is time to take stock of our field and our…

Teach for America: A Model for Attracting and Developing Talent

Many ASPA members probably know about the nonprofit organization Teach for America. If not, you should. Not just because of the great work that TFA does, but also because of…