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The HR Challenge: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

A professor leaving a stack of graded papers in a box outside the classroom. Grades posted under a name or Social Security number that can identify a student. Any well-informed…

Check the Expiration Date on That Measure

Check the Expiration Date on That Measure

If an organization wants to use performance information to make good decisions, execution of a sound measurement strategy is essential. Part of that strategy includes regular review of what is…

My Great-Grandmother Would Have Made a Great Public Servant

My Great-Grandmother Would Have Made a Great Public Servant

Alma Erickson left her family and home in Sweden at 18 years old and journeyed across the Atlantic to start a new life. Alma faced many trials, including the voyage…

Tornado Warning! Lessons of Public Trust and Civic Duty

On Friday, May 29, 2015, the U.S. National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Greene County, Missouri. Among the towns listed in the storm’s path was Willard, Missouri. The…

A Solution to USPS’ Woes

In creating the U.S. Constitution, the authors recognized the benefits of having a central public administrator for the mail. However, as use of email became widespread in the early 1990s,…

Effective Management Techniques for Virtual Teams

Effective Management Techniques for Virtual Teams

Virtual teams are work groups with core members who interact primarily through electronic means since they are not in the same physical work location and they are engaged in interdependent…

Little Patients, Big Problems

Little Patients, Big Problems

In his June 5 column, Don’t Waste a Disaster, Anthony Buller discussed the reality of those in the public sector having no option to withdraw during widespread disasters. Those public…

Public Service Motivation, Citizen Participation and Personnel Management

Public Service Motivation, Citizen Participation and Personnel Management

Many people employed in the public sector see the intrinsic and extrinsic value in services they offer daily. This value, often called the public service motivation, is attested to be…

Policing in the 21st Century

Policing in the 21st Century

The administration of public safety policy has a tremendous impact on quality of life. It requires ethical selection and professional development of personnel, strong leadership skills and core competencies. Mastering…

Misfits at the Top

All but the smallest institutions feature multiple cultures, reflective of organizational purposes, structures, practices and histories. However, the vast majority of public sector institutions have two cultures, one political and…

Ordinary Citizens

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By David Howard Davis June 26, 2015 By the time…