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Transition 2016

The Academy's Transition 2016 initiative is designed to advise the incoming 2016 Presidential Administration on effective management improvement initiatives; identifying and overcoming government management challenges; and identifying key Presidentially-appointed agency management positions.

This initiative will be led jointly by Academy Fellows Ed DeSeve, a former official during the Obama and Clinton Administrations, and David Chu, a former official during the Reagan and both Bush Administrations. The Academy will also be working with the American Society for Public Administration in offering management recommendations and trusted advice to build a more agile, responsive, and resilient government.

Academy Launches Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative

This morning, the Academy launched its Transition 2016 initiative, which is designed to advise the incoming 2016 Presidential Administration on effective management improvement initiatives; identifying and overcoming government management challenges; and identifying key Presidentially-appointed agency management positions. 

The Academy and EY Bring Together Human Capital Risk Leaders

As part of the National Academy of Public Administration’s (the Academy) ongoing series on enterprise risk management, a panel of federal executives discussed human capital management risks relating to employee engagement, training and development, and retention. This panel, brought together by the Academy in partnership with Ernst & Young LLP (EY) on April 23rd, 2015, provided a forum to raise awareness and share insights on managing human capital risk in the federal government.

Political Appointee Project Commentaries

The Political Appointee Project, which the Academy launched in 2013, has been very successful to date and we anticipate it being highly useful to new political appointees as they arrive in Washington to serve in the second term of the Obama Administration or the New Administration in 2017.  A key feature of the website is the Commentary section. To date, we have published over a dozen commentaries from NAPA Fellows and other observers of government, and we encourage you to submit a Commentary of your own. The Commentaries are short, usually 600-800 words.  A Commentary can focus on either advice that you think would be helpful to new appointees or suggested reforms in the political appointee appointment process. We are eager to capture the experience of Academy Fellows and others who have served previously in government and are willing to share their experiences with new appointees.  To see previous Commentaries, please visit the Commentary page. If you would like to submit a Commentary, please submit it directly to Harrison Redoglia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mark Abramson will be leading the project on The Academy’s behalf. If you would discuss a Commentary idea with him, Mark can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (571) 527-0138.

Tom Davis and Martin Frost Book Signing

On April 29th, the Academy hosted former Congressmen Tom Davis (R-VA) and Martin Frost (D-TX) to speak about their new book, The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis. After an informative presentation and robust discussion, Mr. Davis and Mr. Frost made themselves available to sign copies of their book for those in attendance.

Highlights of the 2014 Academy Fall Meeting

A decade from now, how will the government’s responsibilities and processes differ? A series of speakers and panel sessions recently explored this issue to prepare public administrators at all levels to adapt to this changing environment.

The focus of the 2014 meeting in mid-November was “Public Administration 2025: How Will Government Adapt?” The IBM Center for Business of Government was a Meeting Summary Sponsor for the Academy's 2014 Fall Meeting. As part of this effort, they, along with the Academy staff, will publish the highlights gleaned from this meeting in a series of blog posts over the next few weeks.  We welcome your ideas on these topics, as well.

End of the Year Donations: A Message from Reggie Robinson, Academy Board Chair

Dear Fellows and Friends of the Academy,

As we approach the end of 2016, we hope you will have found your association with the National Academy of Public Administration to be one of value. The Academy has been a preeminent thought leader on the vital issues of public administration facing our nation and the world. We have enjoyed providing you with our daily Management Matters email, which not only keeps you apprised of the latest news in public administration, but also provides updates on Academy events and other items of interest. In addition, our regular Standing Panels continue to bring together some of the brightest minds in government to discuss the issues most critical to maintaining productivity across government.

Over the past 18 months, we have engaged our Fellowship through ourTransition 2016 initiative, and were able to develop concrete and actionable recommendations for the incoming administration, establishing the Academy as the premier source of information when it comes to government management. The contributions from our Fellows and staff on this effort have positioned the Academy for success in the coming years.

Just this past month, the Academy produced several high profile reports that are sure to garner the attention of key decision makers in the federal government. In working with the United States Secret Service to review their organizational transformation and the Veterans Benefit Administration to assist in improving their disability claims backlog, the Academy bolstered its reputation as a leader and an expert in public management.

In order to keep these programs robust, we ask that you consider making a tax deductible year-end contribution to the Academy. When making your contribution, please consider participating in a corporate matching gift program, if possible. Your contributions are important and help ensure that the Academy remains a vibrant leader in the public administration field. 

You can make this contribution by way of check (addressed to the National Academy of Public Administration at 1600 K Street NW, Suite 400, attention CFO Randy Lyon) or by credit card by clicking this link

Your year-end giving is vitally important for the Academy and we appreciate your generous support. 


Have a wonderful holiday season. 

  - Dan Blair and Reggie Robinson

Academy Honors Don Wortman


The National Academy of Public Administration honored Albuquerque resident, Don I. Wortman on November 12th by naming its Executive Board Room in his honor.  The Academy recognized Wortman for this honor based on his years of public service to the Nation and to the Academy.

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.