• Federal Leaders Digital Insight Study 2016

    February 2016 - The Federal Leaders Digital Insight Study, conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) in collaboration with ICF, is an annual report designed to survey Federal Leaders' perspectives about the pace with which the government is adopting, applying, and leveraging technological advancements in service to its constituencies. This year's report, the second installment in the series, focuses on actions that leverage existing institutions and agencies' resources and experiences to adopt and apply digital technology throughout government. These include: identifying best practices to be shared across agencies; creating standards for hiring the best possible digital technology professionals; Read More
  • National Science Foundation: Use of Cooperative Agreements to Support Large Scale Investment in Research

    December 2015 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) Director and the National Science Board requested that the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) review NSF’s use of cooperative agreements (CAs) to support the development, construction, commissioning, and future operations of state-of-the-art, large-scale research facilities. Specifically, the Academy was asked to: Address how CAs are currently used at NSF, examining the effectiveness of NSF’s current CA policy; Compare the CA mechanism with other federal funding mechanisms; Ascertain how comparator scientific agencies manage similarly large, complex research facilities projects; and Identify potential improvements to the NSF’s processes that support large-scale research facilities. Read More
  • NAPAT16.org

    Visit our new website, www.napat16.org, for updates on the Academy's Transition 2016 initiative. This site features information on the initiative, blog posts, Panel products, and much more.  Read More
  • 2015 Fall Meeting

    On December 3rd, 2015, the Academy held its Annual Fall Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, VA. With over 150 of the Academy's distinguished Fellows in attendance, the meeting featured an all-star cast of keynote speakers and insightful discussions on various topics such as civil service reform, cybersecurity, collaboration across boundaries, and strengthening local governments.  Read More
  • 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
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