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Offering Institutional Insight to Government's Leaders

The winning candidates from the 2012 elections will face a daunting set of challenges. As difficult as modern campaigns have become, the governance challenges may very well prove to be more vexing. Public service professionals, acting through the National Academy of Pub... More »

Revitalize the Federal Government by Strengthening Four Critical Areas

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The federal workforce faces a number of critical challenges that must be addressed to fulfill the increasingly complex demands placed upon federal agencies. For example, the looming retirement bubble will require the replacement of a significant portion of the federal w... More »

Intergovernmental Relations In a Time of Transition and Uncertainty

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Evidence of serious problems in the American intergovernmental system is everywhere. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Ten.) recently called for an exchange by the federal and state governments of responsibilities for education and health policy to solve critical state financi... More »

Cross-Agency Efforts Help Manage Large-Scale Initiatives

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A president's White House staff typically works with agencies to develop policy initiatives and getting them adopted. But once a policy is adopted, the lead for implementation is usually delegated to an operating agency. More »

Smorgasbord of Topics

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Paula Ketter

The last four months have been filled with political ads, debates, and a presidential election, and while we couldn't completely rid ourselves of this once-every-four-years event, we could approach it from a totally different angle. This issue of the journal takes... More »

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