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Efficiency, Resilience and True Cooperative Procurement: Examining the Work of the Continuity of Supply Initiative

Efficiency, Resilience and True Cooperative Procurement: Examining the Work of the Continuity of Supply Initiative

Moving forward, contractual agreements must reflect the value of resilience. True cooperative procurement in tandem with performance/outcome-based contracting recognizes that the strategic financial and risk imperatives of both suppliers and…

Why Public Administration Should Consider Place in Our Understanding of Social Equity: Lessons From School Closures and the Provision of Public Educational Services

Why Public Administration Should Consider Place in Our Understanding of Social Equity: Lessons From School Closures and the Provision of Public Educational Services

Your zip code effectively determines your access to goods, resources and opportunities. As scholars of public administration and urban studies, we encourage our colleagues to take the opportunity now to…

Lean the Virus: An Opportunity for Response Redesign

Lean the Virus: An Opportunity for Response Redesign

We have witnessed a stunning failure of governmental response during a crisis of epic proportions. Facing the darkest days of the pandemic, those of us in public administration are called…

Goodbye 2020: Lessons Learned from a Year of Resilience Amidst a Confluence of Challenges

Goodbye 2020: Lessons Learned from a Year of Resilience Amidst a Confluence of Challenges

Resiliency has taken on new meaning as both the public and private sectors have worked to enhance the efficiency of their operations. As we move toward 2021 it is a…

What Will the Government Workforce of 2030 Look Like?

What Will the Government Workforce of 2030 Look Like?

The Deloitte Center for Government Insights just released their report, Creating the Government of the Future. This article will focus on the five innovations described in the report regarding the…

Reflecting on 2020 and Looking Ahead to a Challenging 2021

Reflecting on 2020 and Looking Ahead to a Challenging 2021

In times of crisis there is opportunity to rethink service delivery, challenge our assumptions, modernize our social service systems and build a fairer government. The continuing impacts of COVID-19 will…

Public and Private Financial Administration: A Great Dance

Public and Private Financial Administration: A Great Dance

If we believe it valuable that public officials be trained in MPA programs, then more MPA programs should implement finance tracks that are rigorous and market-focused.…

Examining What Lies Ahead: Enduring Growth, Building Resilience and Changing Perspective

Examining What Lies Ahead: Enduring Growth, Building Resilience and Changing Perspective

If we (as leaders and managers) take the opportunity to make the most out of forced change, then we can improve the systems and processes within our organizations that honestly…

Municipal Diversity Plans: Transitioning from Performative to Purposeful

Municipal Diversity Plans: Transitioning from Performative to Purposeful

Transitioning from a performative municipal diversity plan to a SMART, purposeful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan that effectively addresses the root causes of systemic racial inequality is key in the…

Professionals in Government: A Necessity or Luxury?

Professionals in Government: A Necessity or Luxury?

The Trump Administration calls for reclassifying positions with a policy component into a new personnel category Schedule F.—a designation that would strip them of long-held civil service protections and allow…

Pandemic: Bigger Than We Think—Part Two

Pandemic: Bigger Than We Think—Part Two

This column points out how human drives for land, water and food let loose pathogens that can kill us—millions of us. Population pressure is causing us to break more and…