Reports & Publications

The Academy produces a number of reports and publications resulting from our dialogues, working papers, management studies, and forum results.

Reports and publications from the current year are listed below--please also browse our database of publicly available reports and publications by year, or use the Search tool at the top of this page.

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Implementing the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

August 2017 –At the request of the Project Management Institute, a four-member Panel of Fellows supported by a study team of the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) produced a white paper focusing on key human resources issues connected with PMIAA.  Given the important roles of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in implementing the statute’s requirements, the Panel’s recommendations are offered primarily with the intent to contribute to their deliberations.  The white paper addresses the skills and competencies needed by program and project managers, factors to consider when establishing a new job series, practices for establishing a new career path in program and project management, program and project manager recruitment issues, and application of standards in program and project management in the federal government.

No Time to Wait: Building a Public Service for the 21st Century

July 2017 – The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust sponsored this National Academy of Public Administration (Academy) study to determine how the federal government's human capital challenges can best be addressed. The Academy formed a five-member Panel of Fellows with expertise in human capital management to conduct the study and produce a White Paper.

Report 1 on Tracking and Assessing Governance and Management Reform in the Nuclear Security Enterprise

March 2017 – A congressionally mandated study carried out in 2013-2014 led to the November 2014 report A New Foundation for the Nuclear Enterprise. That report summarizes the panel’s findings on the current health of the enterprise, examines the root causes of its governance challenges, and offers the panel’s recommendations to address the identified problems. It concludes that the existing governance structures and many of the practices of the enterprise are inefficient and ineffective, thereby putting the entire enterprise at risk over the long term. It offers recommendations to put the entire nuclear security enterprise on a stronger footing.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement: Strategic Organizational Assessment

March 2017 – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s offshore energy is effectively developed in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner. BSEE works with other federal agencies and the private sector to fulfill its responsibilities to protect worker safety, ensure oil spill preparedness, protect coastal and marine resources, and develop energy resources with a fair return for the American public.

Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service

March 2017 -- Building a 21st Century SES is an unprecedented collection of perspectives on the SES from 24 of the nation’s most respected public sector leaders. The book was edited by Dr. Ronald Sanders, Academy Fellow and Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, with Dr. Elaine Brenner and Frederick Richardson.

Agricultural Research Service: Review of Administrative and Financial Management Services

February 2017 – The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the other Research, Education and Economic (REE) agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are research-focused agencies with offices located throughout the United States. ARS is USDA’s chief scientific in-house research agency, which researches and develops solutions on complex agricultural problems.

Improving CDC’s Executive Recruitment, Performance Management, Compensation and On Boarding Processes

February 2017 –The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a major operating division of the Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for protecting public health and safety by conducting research, disseminating information, and responding to public health crises in the United States and partner countries. CDC has become even more important given its responsibilities in the areas of emergency preparedness and response to terrorism. To meet its mission, CDC must hire the best, brightest, and most committed scientific professionals and leaders to carry out its mission.

Federal Aviation Administration: Personnel Reform Effectiveness Assessment

January 2017 – The mission of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is to provide a safe and efficient aerospace system. As part of this mission, FAA regulates civil aviation to promote safety, encourages and develops current and new aviation technology, develops and operates a system of air traffic control and navigation for civil and military aircraft, researches and develops the National Airspace System and civil aeronautics, develops and executes programs to control the environmental effects of civil aviation, and regulates commercial space transportation.