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Measuring the Community Impact of Faculty

Measuring the Community Impact of Faculty

As the director of an MPA program at an urban research university, I have the responsibility to build enrollments, monitor and assess teaching and student success, foster an environment where…

Predicting the unpredictable: BRAC impact on Local Government

Predicting the unpredictable: BRAC impact on Local Government

Military spending by the federal government is a powerful economic stimulator. Since the funds are coming from federal tax revenues, they have a multiplier effect on the region in which…

The United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals and the Building of a Good Society: A Modest Proposal for the Public Administration Education and Training Community

When the United Nations (UN) announced in 2000 a 15-year effort to implement eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it began what arguably was the most significant worldwide effort to build…

Nineteenth Amendment

Nineteenth Amendment

Where a woman’s place is has never been quite decided. My girlfriends and I subtly dispute this often over brunch. Should I get married? Would I want to be a…

Taking a Knee – Revisited

Taking a Knee – Revisited

One year ago I wrote my Public Administration Times column on Collin Kaepernick’s “taking a knee.” Since then, some of what I stated has come true. For example, NFL team…

Innovation is Driven by Failure

Innovation is Driven by Failure

Every week government officials hear the constant ring of pundits and others saying — Why don't you act more like a business? Why aren't you more innovative? Even with the…

America’s Infrastructure: Is Our Country on the Road to Ruin?!

America’s Infrastructure: Is Our Country on the Road to Ruin?!

The prevailing philosophy of our national government has been to let the lower levels of government (states, counties and cities) solve their own infrastructure problems, regardless of the nature of their…

The Distributed Consensus Technology Road to Direct Democracy?

The Distributed Consensus Technology Road to Direct Democracy?

By now, you have probably heard of the new internet technology, blockchain. The blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin which started the digital cryptocurrencies. Blockchain allows for a secure and…

In Defense of Democratic Governance

In Defense of Democratic Governance

The reality of political control of bureaucracy in a democratic society is often a difficult one. Things can move slow, problems can linger and expert advice can go unheeded. It…

Performance Does Matter for Government Employees

Performance Does Matter for Government Employees

I can attest from over 40 years experience as a federal employee that performance is very much an issue in federal employment. And we should remember there is a very…

How to Design Effective Team Targets in Government

How to Design Effective Team Targets in Government

Government is famously a team sport. Almost everything (really) important we do in government requires effective teams. Whether it is reducing child mortality, disaster management, fighting opioid crisis or stopping…

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