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Alternatives to Workplace Wellness Programs

Alternatives to Workplace Wellness Programs

In the U.S., health issues such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes take a toll on the workplace and ultimately the economy. To combat, many organizations have created wellness programs…

Get Off the Omnibus!

Get Off the Omnibus!

Bundling is a current problem in the legislative branch. This is an exercise in consolidation; putting many small bills together as one so that smaller earmarks and pork bills can…

Community Engaged Teaching

Community Engaged Teaching

Many universities are focusing attention on community engagement activities. For tenure track public administration scholars, community engagement activities are often part of all three of their typical workload dimensions: teaching,…

Facing the Complex Problems of Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Facing the Complex Problems of Climate Change and Sustainable Development

The work of public administrators requires managing numerous interconnected systems for the benefit of the general public. It includes organizing government, developing and preparing policies to improve the public’s quality…

To Fold or Not to Fold? Playing Poker with Tax Incentive Bidding for Amazon’s HQ2

To Fold or Not to Fold? Playing Poker with Tax Incentive Bidding for Amazon’s HQ2

Perhaps the hottest public finance topic of the last year has been Amazon’s intent to build a second headquarters (HQ2) somewhere in the United States or Canada. A million questions…

Barriers to Improving Government Performance

Barriers to Improving Government Performance

There is a great deal of similarity between public management challenges confronting countries across the globe. While countries may differ in size and levels of socio-economic development, they seem to…

The Pitfalls of Framing: Decision Traps in Public Service

The Pitfalls of Framing: Decision Traps in Public Service

Framing is critical in public service decisionmaking. In one study, researchers asked survey respondents to name the most important problem facing the nation. When given four choices and the option…

Stepping Up, Then Stepping Back: The Dynamic Role of Law Enforcement in Tackling the Opioid Crisis

Stepping Up, Then Stepping Back: The Dynamic Role of Law Enforcement in Tackling the Opioid Crisis

Most communities are struggling to get a handle on the recent opioid crisis. In some states, this crisis results in thousands of deaths each year. This is not a crisis…

Black Bodies and Law Enforcement: Three Broad Steps to Advancing Racial Equity

Black Bodies and Law Enforcement: Three Broad Steps to Advancing Racial Equity

In recent months, there has been a steady stream of race-related incidents involving law enforcement officers. Whether officer involved shootings, violent arrests or their presence being required by a citizen…

Employee Engagement – Is It Really A Priority?

Employee Engagement – Is It Really A Priority?

Results from two research studies on the public sector workforce have revealed perplexing and seemingly contradictory results. According to one study, government human resources leaders believe that focusing on employee…

When Email and Phone Records Can Make an Evidence Trail

When Email and Phone Records Can Make an Evidence Trail

During a criminal investigation related to drug trafficking, federal investigators sought access to records from a particular Microsoft email account. The Stored Communications Act of 1986 (SCA) compels electronic service providers…

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