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Experiencing the Risks and Rewards of Foreign Service

Experiencing the Risks and Rewards of Foreign Service

In the course of my career I have had the opportunity to serve my country overseas in two capacities. The first one was when I enlisted in the U.S. Army…

Life with My Dad as a Foreign Service Officer

My father enjoyed an extensive, rich career with the U.S. Foreign Service for a span of over thirty years. After passing the rigorous exam containing several portions (written, oral, medical,…

Best Practices for a Successful Foreign Service Tour of Duty

Best Practices for a Successful Foreign Service Tour of Duty

When I first landed on foreign soil, it soon became apparent that my specialized education and training at the hands of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations were not…

Foreign Service Then and Now: Has Anything Changed?

Foreign Service is a well-known professional activity in many global societies whose highlights include travel to far away countries to serve as the representative of a country and its government.…

Successful Collaboration in the City of Hampton, Virginia Budgetary Process

Successful Collaboration in the City of Hampton, Virginia Budgetary Process

“Borrowing trouble and just increasing our workload!” That is a common passing thought when governmental entities consider expanding upon their use of social media to encourage public engagement and participation…

Special Virtual Issue on Public Service Motivation

Special Virtual Issue on Public Service Motivation

Take a moment to read articles about the new ideas and concepts shaping public administration in the Public Administration Review’s (PAR) special virtual issue.  Access to PAR is free for…

Democracy and the Public Agenda

“Those who would sacrifice essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”        – Benjamin Franklin Currently, many issues that affect our society…

Transportation Public-Private Partnerships: Challenges of Transparency and Accountability

Many recent studies and reports identify a huge backlog of infrastructure projects that need to be completed in the United States. One example of this backlog is estimated by the…

Profiles of Outstanding Women in Public Administration

In honor on International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th, ASPA is sharing the profiles of some extraordinary female public servants.  Click here to look through a sampling of ASPA’s…

Great Successes from Small Changes

Great Successes from Small Changes

One hit a week. That’s what it takes to improve from a .250 to a .300 hitter according to Bull Durham’s Crash Davis. A good major league player will have…

Are Ethics Relevant?

Government scandal could now be considered commonplace. I should know. I’ve been part of a staff that has experienced political scandal first hand. I’ve dealt with the feelings of uncertainty…