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Management Matters Podcast
National Academy of Public Administration Podcast, featuring experts on Public Administration Challenges....
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National Academy of Public Administration Announces 2021 Class of Academy Fellows
The National Academy of Public Administration has announced that 39 leaders in the field of public administration have been selected...
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Conversation with Kiran Ahuja, Director of OPM
The Standing Panel on the Public Service is very pleased to welcome Kiran Ahuja, Director of the U.S. Office of...

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The National Academy of Public Administration Releases Report for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
A Panel of the Academy has released its report for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), the federal service academy that educates and trains Midshipmen to serve in the U.S. Merchant Marine, which supports the country’s national security, defense, port management, maritime commerce, and transportation. The Academy Panel report makes 67 recommendations for ways the USMMA can address longstanding challenges and prepare for the future as a more performance- and strategy-driven institution.
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The Academy in the News: Review faults federal Merchant Marine Academy for mold, lack of diversity and an outdated curriculum
A congressionally ordered review of the federal sailors academy concluded the school was beset with problems including aging facilities, a striking lack of diversity, and a curriculum that was failing to keep up with the needs of an evolving shipping industry.
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The Academy in the News: Merchant Marine Academy Woes Imperil National Security, Report Finds
All is far from shipshape at the U.S. academy charged with supplying young officers to America’s merchant fleet. Amid a global shipping crisis, a congressionally-mandated investigation into the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy yielded 67 recommendations for improvements to everything from the academy’s facilities to its curriculum


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