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Performance Budgeting Within State and Local Governments: The Disconnect Between Public Manager Efforts and Legislative Action

Using Performance Data in the Budgetary Process Increasingly, states and local governments view performance measurement not simply as an important element of public management, but more so as a necessary…

Phoenix Invests in High-Tech Van to Promote Savings

Phoenix Invests in High-Tech Van to Promote Savings

The City of Phoenix faces a different set of challenges today than it did five to ten years ago. For example, it has become increasingly difficult to rely on federal…

Assessing a Nonprofit Regime: HR Management Discipline, Then and Now

Management of nonprofits has gone from decades of very randomly assigned administrative skill sets in government and nongovernment entities to new, evolving and very specialized high level professional placements. This…

Sequester, Scandal and Service: What is Strengthening Our Federal Workforce?

In the well known series of “Memos to National Leaders” from the National Academy of Public Administration, Stephen Condrey, Rex Facer, and Jared Llorens prescribed recommendations for “Strengthening the Federal…

Matrix Teams in the Public Sector

Matrix Teams in the Public Sector

Matrix teams are a useful tool that results in enhanced employee development, improved teamwork and greater entrepreneurial outcomes.   What are Matrix Teams? First used in 1947 by General Chemicals…

States and Same-Sex Marriage After Windsor

States and Same-Sex Marriage After Windsor

The battle for state recognition of same-sex marriage has just begun. While many might think that the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor striking down section 3 of…

Public Goods and Sustainable Community Development

July is a time to celebrate the ideals in the Declaration of Independence, think about the founding of our nation and enjoy the magic of a perfectly grilled hamburger. But…

The Quest for Accountability

It’s on its way to you!! That is, the public demand for you to defend your existence; holding public figures accountable for where the money is going and what it…

Managing Volunteers: The HR Challenge

For many public entities, attracting, selecting, developing, motivating and retaining volunteers is essential to the mission at hand, especially in times of fiscal stress. Such fiscal woes have created a sense of…

The Human Side of Policy

The Human Side of Policy

It is far too easy for those of us who are “policy wonks” to forget that policy decisions ultimately affect real people—often in ways that are more painful than we…

The Budget as an Operations Plan

The Budget as an Operations Plan

As mentioned in a previous column, one of the criteria upon which the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) critiques budgets for the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is that the budget…