• The Academy's Offices Have Moved

    The National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) is pleased to announce the relocation of its offices, effective January 1, 2014. The Academy’s new offices are located at: 1600 K St., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20006. Read More
  • Fellows in the News

    Academy Fellows are leaders in the field of public administration at all levels of government and academia. Their individual contributions to the study and practice of public administration are often outlined in the press. Please click on the link below to read recent news articles written by and about our Fellows. Read More
  • 2014 Social Equity Leadership Conference

    The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh will host the National Academy of Public Administration's 13th annual Social Equity Leadership Conference on May 28-30, 2014. Read More
  • Political Appointee Project

    This website (www.politicalappointeeproject.org) combines the efforts of several related initiatives. In 2011, we began discussions with the Ernst & Young Initiative on Leadership to share the position profiles they prepared for their book Paths to Making a Difference: Leading in Government. In 2009, the Academy assumed responsibility for the Council for Excellence in Government Prune Book Series. Updated material from the 2008 Prune Book series is presented on this website. This website builds upon the Academy’s longstanding interest and involvement in improving the presidential appointments process. Read More
  • FEMA Flood Mapping: Enhancing Coordination to Maximize Performance

    November 2013 - Congress directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to contract with the National Academy of Public Administration to prepare a report on “how FEMA should improve interagency and intergovernmental coordination on flood mapping, including a funding strategy” and how FEMA “can establish joint funding mechanisms with other federal, state and local governments to share the collection and utilization of data among all governmental users.” Read More
  • The Governance Structure of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: An Independent Review

    September 2013 - The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 mandated that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) contract with the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to conduct a comprehensive review of PBGC's governance structure and offer recommendations to enhance its effectiveness. PBGC is governed by a three-member Board consisting of the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, and Treasury. Read More
  • The Collaborative Forum: The Office of Management and Budget's Partnership Fund for Program Integrity and Innovation

    November 2013 - The National Academy of Public Administration served as program administrator for the Collaborative Forum, the engagement mechanism for the Office of Management and Budget’s Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation. Read More
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Who We Are and What We Do

The Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. The Academy’s unique feature is its over 750 Fellows—including former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. Our Fellows have a deep understanding of financial management, human resources, technology, and administrative functions at all levels of government, and direct most of Academy's studies.

Our Services and Products

The Academy’s work is directed primarily by Congress or executive branch leadership who are seeking assistance with complex management problems that require the expertise and independence the Academy provides. Leveraging the expertise of their Fellowship, the Academy provides a full range of advisory services to federal departments and agencies with a particular focus on: organizational assessments/strategy development; implementation support and technical assistance; performance measurement systems; and stakeholder outreach/collaboration.


At any one time, the Academy may be working with Departments, Federal Agencies, and private companies on a variety of studies or initiatives aimed at improving the efficencies of government and the way it operates, functions, and governs.


The 750-plus Fellows of the Academy possess an unmatched wealth of experience and serve as the cornerstone of the organization by of the organization by contributing valuable oversight to the Academy's projects and programs.


The Academy engages on a number of programs that transcend any one single study, but encompass a variety of efforts designed to share information, stimulate thought and discussion, and raise awareness.

Upcoming Events


05.28.2014 - 05.30.2014
Social Equity Leadership Conference

Prospective Study Panels

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Title 5, Appendix 2, § 15, NAPA is required to provide public notice of the names and brief biographies of appointed panel members, and provide a reasonable opportunity for the public to comment on such appointments.   

Please click the link below to view all of the current Prospective Panels for each of our newest projects.

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