Addressing the 2009 Presidential Transition at the Department of Homeland Security

June 2008 - With a forthcoming presidential change on the horizon and concern that a departure of significant members of DHS’s leadership team could further reduce the department’s capabilities, congressional leaders thought it prudent to review DHS’s senior staffing structure and composition, as well as assess and benchmark senior career training and development programs. These leaders were “concerned that the department and its components will not be able to function effectively when the change in administration occurs in 2009.” Congress and DHS asked the National Academy to look at these issues and provide guidance. This report is the result of the request. Chapter 6 details the Academy Panel’s recommendations and a suggested timeline for implementation.

After Yellow Ribbons: Providing Veteran-Centered Services

October 2008 - As part of an effort to help VA improve its service to the new and earlier generation of veterans, Congress asked the National Academy of Public Administration to study the management and organizational challenges facing VA.

Saving Our History: A Review of National Park Cultural Resource Programs

October 2008 - The Panel was concerned that cultural resources throughout the National Park System are at risk. The Panel identified ways that NPS can improve its stewardship of these significant national resources by strengthening performance-based management, ensuring park superintendent accountability, increasing flexibility in the use of funds, strengthening national leadership, and seeking additional staff and funding to reduce risks to cultural resources of national significance.

Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse High-Performing Workforce

October 2008 - In September 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sought the assistance of the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to help it develop effective national strategies for attracting and retaining a diverse high-performing workforce for its mission-critical occupations.

Building the Capacity to Address the Nation’s Drug Problems

November 2008 - To assist Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in improving its ability to accomplish this critical mission, Congress asked the National Academy to conduct a comprehensive assessment of ONDCP’s management, structure and human capital.