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Sustaining Public Services Through Partnerships

Strategic partnerships, when done right, provide participating organizations with a chance to learn and benefit from one another and to achieve results they could not achieve alone. These joint ventures…

Mom and Pop and Skin in the Game

Economic development is an important activity in virtually every political subdivision, from states to cities to bedroom communities. Any new enterprise willing to move in and create jobs is generally—and…

Predicting the Unpredictable: Navigating in Uncertain Times

Predicting the Unpredictable: Navigating in Uncertain Times

Today’s Conditions: We navigate every day through a complex mixture of uncertainty, velocity, peril, information over-load, unpredictability…. Mariners have a term for ocean conditions when navigation seems impossible; when the…

The Human Side of Budgeting

The Human Side of Budgeting

Over sandwiches in a local pub, a reporter for the Oregonian newspaper interviewed the city manager and finance director of the City of Trillium. In the midst of the worst…

Providing Access to Preventative Health Care: Child Health and EPSDT

Former South African President Nelson Mandela stated “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.” As a nation, children are our…

The Public Budget

The Public Budget

If the public were asked what they want from local government, according to Bowman and Kearney’s State and Local Government text, the answer would be “to be governed well.” But…

It Had to Be Security: The Nexus Between US-based Foreign Aid and Public Administration in the Caribbean

Foreign aid based in the United States has traditionally been critical to sustaining the machinery of central government in English-speaking Caribbean countries. It is not clear if this is purely…

Labor Force Components: Who Are We Attracting As Public Service Professionals?

Labor Force Components: Who Are We Attracting As Public Service Professionals?

Recruiting in all sectors of the workforce is the process of generating a pool of qualified applicants for organizational jobs. As staffing competition among the private and the public sector…

The Open Government Trend Moving Online

Public Service Recognition Week will have concluded before this issue of PA Times online reaches our readers, but recognizing the value of public employees and “connecting citizens with their government”…

Openness and Transparency: Is E-Government Learning to Listen?

Openness and Transparency: Is E-Government Learning to Listen?

Openness and improving transparency are two of the cornerstones of electronic government (e-government) policies. In this month’s column, we discuss some of the challenges of building the next phase of…

Obama, Presidential Power and the Boston Marathon Bomber

The initial decision by the Obama Administration and the FBI not to read Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, his Miranda rights was wrong on at least two…