How We Work

Our Charter [Public Law 98-257, Sec. 3] permits Congress to request that the Academy conduct work for federal cabinet departments and agencies. Federal organizations may access the Academy’s services through competitive procurement and, under certain circumstances, may be authorized to contract with us on a sole source basis. The Academy holds a MOBIS (Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services, Schedule 874) contract at the General Services Administration.

Much of the Academy’s work is requested by government agencies or Congressional committees that seek assistance with a particularly difficult or complex management problem.  Working with the client, the Academy develops a scope of work and draws from its pool of distinguished Fellows to form a panel with experience relevant to the client’s needs.  The panel guides the project, providing the high-level expertise and broad experience that clients seek, and oversees the work of the staff and consultants comprising the Academy study teams.  The Academy’s professional staff and consultants support the work of the panel with top quality research and analysis that merits its status as an independent, non-partisan organization with a focus on improving management of government. Academy studies typically culminate in a written report or, in some cases, an oral briefing of the findings and recommendations submitted by the panel.

In addition to client-driven work, the Academy receives foundation grants from other organizations committed to good government, and charitable gifts to develop reports and convene forums and conferences to tackle some of the nation’s toughest challenges.  Most often, these issues cannot be resolved by a single government agency, a single level of government or even by the government alone, but instead require interdepartmental, intergovernmental or networked solutions.

Working with the Academy

The Academy has a unique status as a Congressionally-chartered institution that is largely exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). According to FACA, “any committee that is created by the National Academy of Sciences or the National Academy of Public Administration” is not considered an “advisory committee.” This, in turn, allows the Academy to act as a truly “safe place,” where leaders in government looking to address management challenges can consult a broad array of stakeholders.

Utilizing a variety of contracting mechanisms, the Academy is able to meet the needs of government clients in a flexible and timely manner making us uniquely qualified to provide valuable expertise to government leaders in a client-friendly environment.

The Academy is a prime contractor on the GSA MOBIS Schedule GS-10F-0414R and often partners with subcontractors and qualified small businesses to fulfill subcontracting requirements and meet our client's needs. For more information about working with the Academy contact us at (202) 347-3190.