• Forum on Continuous Process Improvement

    On September 9th, the Academy and Federal News Radio hosted a forum to discuss how application of continuous process improvement (CPI) methodologies drive efficiencies in the federal sector. Congressmen Tom Latham (R-IA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) discussed legislation that they introduced in July entitled the Lean and Responsive Government Act. Read More
  • Anticipating the Future: Developing a Vision and Strategic Plan for the Social Security Administration for 2025-2030

    July 2014 - At the request of Congress, the Social Security Administration (SSA) contracted with the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to (1) develop a long-range vision and (2) a high-level strategic plan to assist SSA in addressing its service delivery challenges over the next ten to fifteen years. Read More
  • Getting the Most from Strategic Reviews

    June 2014 - Federal performance reporting has often focused on measuring how well agencies are meeting short-term goals, but enhancements to the Government Performance and Reporting Act (GPRA) now focuses on implementing improvements via the strategic review process. Read More
  • Academy and EY Bring Together ERM Leaders

    Washington, D.C.—Linking performance to enterprise risk management is critical to achieving performance goals, concluded a panel of government and private sector experts brought together by the National Academy of Public Administration, with Ernst & Young LLP, at a thought leadership forum on May 7th. 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
  • Academy-GAO Forum: Getting Off the High-Risk List

    Every two years at the start of a new Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls attention to agencies and program areas that are considered "high risk" due to vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are most in need of transformation. Read More
  • Financial and Related Information for Decision-Making

    April 2014 - The Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and subsequent legislation called for improved financial information and improved financial standards, including a managerial cost accounting standard that requires government agencies to develop the capability to look at the “full cost” of operations. Over the past two decades, significant reforms relating to financial and performance reporting have been made. 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 nearly 800 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, the way it operates, functions, and governs.


The nearly 800 Fellows of the Academy possess an unmatched wealth of experience and serve as the cornerstone 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.

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