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Management Matters Podcast
National Academy of Public Administration Podcast, featuring experts on Public Administration Challenges....
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Academy Fall Meeting 2021
The theme for this year's Fall Meeting is “Addressing Grand Challenges through the Intergovernmental System,” and we are very excited...
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Joint Series with NAPA and AAA&S: Public Governance and Civic Engagement
Watch our four-part series on Public Governance and Civic Engagement, bringing together NAPA’s Grand Challenges work and the recent American...

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A new forum wants to strengthen the ties among federal, state and local governments
Some problems are just too tough for the federal government alone to solve. The National Academy of Public Administration has long witnessed how federal, state, local and tribal governments often fail to coordinate with each other, even when tackling the country’s biggest problems. The academy this week launched a new effort to bring together experts from all levels of government. It’s called the Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships. Terry Gerton is NAPA’s president and CEO. She told Federal Drive with Tom Temin what drove the academy to create this new center.
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Accelerating Government with ACT-IAC: Agile Government
In this episode, the panel explores a topic that's gaining a lot of attention - Agile Government. The term "Agile" has gained popularity over the years, and while its roots can be found in the agile software development movement, today when we talk about agility, we've broadened the aperture considerably-describing processes that change the very fabric of how the business of government is conducted.
Fellow Spotlight: Stuart C. Gilman
I was 13 when I heard John Kennedy’s inaugural address. What resonated with me was “do not ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I have been lucky enough to be a university professor teaching budding public administrators. I joined the federal government to set up a program with the idea that I would work for a year and return to university teaching. It turned out to be a seventeen-year commitment. Since leaving federal service, I have headed a non-profit and was an international civil servant with the United Nations, all with the responsibility and satisfaction of working to better people’s lives.


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