• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Transforming Recruitment and Hiring Process

    November 2015 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responsible for protecting America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the United States. CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same, thus saving lives and protecting people from health threats. To achieve this critical mission, CDC requires a highly qualified workforce. CDC sought the Academy’s assistance in 2013 to help the agency’s Human Resources Office (HRO) improve its services to customers. The Academy completed an initial study in February 2014 with recommendations for driving performance improvement in CDC’s HR processes. Upon Read More
  • Advancing U.S. Agricultural Trade: Reorganizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture

    October 2015 – The responsibilities of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have grown and evolved over time in response to changes in the agricultural sector. In order to respond to these changes, USDA has undergone periodic reorganizations throughout its history. Citing the growing importance and complexity of agricultural trade, as part of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Act), Congress mandated that the Secretary of Agriculture develop a plan to create a new Under Secretary position focused on trade-related issues. Read More
  • Increasing the Effectiveness of the Federal Role in Cybersecurity Education

    October 2015 - In 2014, the Center for Internet Security and Deloitte and Touche LLP engaged the National Academy of Public Administration to identify ways to improve the federal role in the nation’s cybersecurity education efforts. This project was led by a four-member Panel of Academy Fellows with expertise in cybersecurity, performance metrics, and defense education. Read More
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office: A Telework Internal Control and Program Review

    July 2015 – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requested that the Academy review its telework program to ensure that management controls and programmatic goals are effective and aligned with the Agency’s mission.  This entailed a two-part review of the telework program, including: 1. An internal control review of the USPTO telework program to determine if it complies with Read More
  • Improving Program Management in the Federal Government

    July 2015 – In the spring of 2015, the Project Management Institute engaged the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to develop a white paper about how to strengthen project and program management in the federal government. This six-week project was led by a three-member Panel of Academy Fellows with expertise in project and program management supported by a professional study team. Read More
  • Dan Blair Testifies on Human Capital Management Before Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee

    On May 20, 2015, Academy President and CEO Dan G. Blair testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on the topic of human capital management. Mr. Blair covered topics such as federal hiring, the current Read More
  • New Perspectives on Human Capital Risk Management

    May 2015 - Human capital, specifically the risk posed by skills gaps in mission-critical occupations, continues to feature on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) High Risk list. As part of their ongoing series on enterprise risk management, the National Academy of Public Administration, in partnership with Ernst and Young LLP (EY), hosted a panel on April 23, 2015, to raise awareness and share insights on managing human capital risk. Read More
  • Academy Launches Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative

    This morning, the Academy launched its Transition 2016 initiative, which is designed to advise the incoming 2016 Presidential Administration on effective management improvement initiatives; identifying and overcoming government management challenges; and identifying key Presidentially-appointed agency management positions.  Read More
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Who We Are and What We Do

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