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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…

Balancing Dependence and Sovereignty

A Review of the Context Despite having to manage and make policy as independent sovereignties, public managers in the Anglophone Caribbean are now being united around the common concern of…

Rachel Carson: A Legacy of Conservation and Sustainability

Introduction The impact of U.S. environmental policy is well documented. As a result, my monthly column shifts from a public policy focus to the role of an individual public servant:…

Clinging to Solutions for Yesterday’s Problems

Clinging to Solutions for Yesterday’s Problems

Last month’s column described a decentralized approach to budget management, where operating staff are given both authority and responsibility over their financial resources. On the surface it seems like a…

I Wish We Had Something That Would Help Us Share Information Better…. Oh Wait, We Do. Fusion Centers!

I Wish We Had Something That Would Help Us Share Information Better…. Oh Wait, We Do.  Fusion Centers!

Nearly a month after the terrorist attacks in Boston, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., made a claim that if timely, appropriate action was taken by the U.S. government we could have…

Sustainable Practices in the Public Sector: How Can Human Resource Managers Pivot the Conversation from Discussion Towards Real Action?

Sustainable Practices in the Public Sector: How Can Human Resource Managers Pivot the Conversation from Discussion Towards Real Action?

Since the last decade, the conversation about eco-friendly and sustainable practices has taken the forefront in many organizations. This is due to the notion that good social responsibility is based…

Old School Government Report Cards Give Way to Community Livability Scores

Remember when report cards were simple records of your academic successes and failures? For some of us, grades were accompanied by groundings; for some of you, maybe an ice cream…

Creating a Great Organizational Culture in the Public Sector

Creating a Great Organizational Culture in the Public Sector

Government agencies in North America can learn an important lesson from the private sector.  Workers who are happy and motivated will achieve greater results and increased citizen satisfaction than workers…

Dubious About Diversity: When Public Employees Raise Objections to Mandatory Diversity Training

Were you to conduct a literature review on the do’s and don’ts and the how’s and why’s of public workplace diversity training, you’d find a wealth of good material. One…

The Importance of Infrastructure

The Importance of Infrastructure

For a few days last month, the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge focused the public’s attention on the condition of the nation’s infrastructure. But like in the aftermath of…

Higher Education After Affirmative Action

Higher Education After Affirmative Action

So what would higher education in America look like without affirmative action? This is the question many are asking if the Supreme Court in June rules in Fisher v. University…