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Do You Know Who’s Leaving Your Agency–and Why?


Bob Lavigna

“My chief assets drive out the gate every day. My job is to make sure they come back.”

So says Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, a…

Are We Ready for Government by the People?


Bill Barnes

Many city officials feel they and their community have been hurt by well-intended participatory processes gone badly awry. Once burned, twice shy. You can imagine that…

Unleashing Innovation in Public Agencies



Nurturing continuous innovation and renewal in public agencies is not only important but critical to successful public management in an environment of change. Innovation is a tool for transforming the…

We Don’t Know What We’re Talking About


Bill Barnes

Some time before 64 years and four months ago, Eric Blair wrote an essay about the misuse of words in public discussion. The essay has echoed…

ASPA on the Move: History in the Making

ASPA on the Move: History in the Making


Meredith Newman

I have asked a number of our ASPA leaders to share their reflections on a recent seminar that was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Governance…

Strategic Recovery Requires Leadership


Christine Gibbs Springer

As public managers work toward a successful recovery post-midyear elections, we all must deal with system-wide problems arising from the recession. This requires first recognizing…

Adapting Budgeting To The Political Environment

In the June 28, 2010, Online PA TIMES, I recommend that each career government employee adapt her/his job to the political environment in which s/he works. Although I…

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…