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.

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 the completion of that review, CDC requested that the Academy work with the agency to reengineer its hiring process.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of the Chief Financial Officer Organizational Assessment

March 2015 - In the fall of 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) engaged LinkVisum Consulting Group (LinkVisum) and the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to develop a strategic framework to support HUD’s financial management transformation. The key objectives of this project were to: (1) conduct an organizational assessment of department-wide

Evaluating Project Aim 2020: Preparing to Transform the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

March 2015 - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has experienced significant changes over the last five years. NRC developed Project Aim 2020 (Project Aim) to improve the agency’s planning and operational functions. Project Aim set out to identify key strategies and recommendations to transform the agency during the next five years to enhance the NRC’s ability to plan and execute its mission in a more effective, efficient, and agile manner.

Achieving and Sustaining Transformation at the U.S. Census Bureau

March 2015 - The Census Bureau has initiated organizational changes intended to improve its ability to provide quality data while enabling it to anticipate and readily adapt to future needs. The Census Bureau requested that the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) conduct an independent assessment and recommend practical actions needed to increase the likelihood that its transformation will be successful and sustained.