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RSVP for our Governors Forum Feat. Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE)

The National Academy of Public Administration, the National Governors Association, and American University School of Public Affairs are hosting Governor Jack Markell (D-DE), former Governor George Allen (R-VA), and former Governor Parris Glendening (D-MD) to discuss impact of the Presidential Transition on the states, focusing particularly on matters such as infrastructure, transportation, and healthcare.

Sign Up For Our Management Matters Newsletter

For two years, the Academy has taken great pleasure in delivering Management Matters to your inbox every morning. Thanks to input and contributions from our Fellowship, Management Matters has grown immensely in this short time. In response to the many requests from non-Fellows to be added to our Management Matters distribution list, we decided to open up subscription to the general public, in hopes of expanding the NAPA community and spreading the word about the valuable work that we do. Over the last two months, over 700 outside subscribers, primarily government employees, have joined the Academy community via Management Matters and now receive not only informative news, but information about Academy studies and events, as well as the work of our Fellows.

To become a part of the NAPA community, subscribe to our Management Matters newsletter by clicking the link below:

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Thank you for all of the positive feedback and encouragement regarding Management Matters over the last two years. We look forward to continuing to engage our ever-growing NAPA community!

Forum on Accountability

Join the Academy and the American University School of Public Affairs for a forum on Accountability in Government, featuring a keynote address by Comptroller General Gene Dodaro. This event will be held on Tuesday, April 5th, from 8:30-11:00 AM at the University Club, located at 1135 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Click here to register!

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. 

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. To view a detailed summary of the meeting, click here

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.