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Pay it Forward…Advice from an ASPA Member

For those of you considering a career in the professoriate and for newly minted assistant professors, the bad news first. Yes, academic success is partly based on merit, but also…

The Human Face of Governance: Public Service in Times of Crisis

We should never forget that we are here as public servants. And public service is a privilege...We must stand up together and answer a new call to service to meet…

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…