2020 Virtual Fall Meeting

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Thursday, Nov 5 2020

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Welcome from Jeff Neal, Chair, Academy's Board of Directors

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On-Demand: Foster Social Equity

The Academy formed a series of Working Groups of its Fellows to address Grand Challenges in Public Administration. These Groups were charged with producing one or more papers to advise the Administration in 2021 (whether reelected or newly elected) on the key near-time actions that should be taken to begin addressing Grand Challenges. View this video to learn more from the Fostering Social Equity Working Group featuring:

  • RaJade Berry-James, Associate Professor, Public Administration, North Carolina State University
  • Gary Glickman, Chair, Academy Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance
  • Michael Jacobson, Deputy Director, King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget, King County, Washington
  • Demetra Nightingale, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Margaret Simms, Non Resident Fellow, Labor, Human Services and Population, Urban Institute

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    On Demand: Ensure Electoral Integrity & Enhance Voter Participation

    View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Ensure Electoral Integrity & Enhance Voter Participation" featuring:

    • Edie Goldenberg, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
    • Eric Hirschhorn, Former Under Secretary for Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Nancy Tate, Co-chair, 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative
    • Barry Van Lare, Former Deputy Executive Director and Director of Management Consulting and Training, National Governors Association

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    On Demand: Modernize & Reinvigorate the Public Service

    View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Modernize & Reinvigorate the Public Service" featuring:

    Download the working group's action plan
    ***This session was graciously sponsored by Shaw Bransford & Roth.

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    On Demand: Make Government AI Ready

    View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Make Government AI Ready" featuring:

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    LIVE: Elmer B. Staats Lecture: Fostering Social Equity through Public Administration

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern

    Naomi M. Barry-Pérez

    Director, Civil Rights Center U.S. Department of Labor
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    LIVE: Book Talk with Brownlow Book Award Winner

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern

    Her book Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy (University of Chicago Press, 2019) explores how unelected bureaucrats leverage procedures in order to exercise influence in the policymaking process.

    Rachel Augustine Potter

    Assistant Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
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    MODERATOR: Joseph Mitchell

    Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Academy of Public Administration
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    LIVE: Managing Technological Challenges

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

    MODERATOR: Martin O'Malley

    Former Governor of Maryland
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    Fran Berman

    Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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    Theresa Pardo

    Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, State University of New York
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    Renee Wynn

    Former Chief Information Officer, NASA
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    Friday, Nov 6 2020

    On Demand: Create Modern Water Systems for Safe & Sustainable Use

    View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Create Modern Water Systems for Safe & Sustainable Use" featuring:

    • Gerry Galloway, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Joe Mitchell, Director of Strategic Initiatives and International Programs

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      On Demand: Steward Natural Resources & Address Climate Change

      View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Steward Natural Resources & Address Climate Change" featuring:

      • Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
      • Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
      • Joe Mitchell, Director of Strategic Initiatives and International Programs

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      On Demand: Agile Research and Teaching

      This panel presentation will be an update on Agile adoption and implementation in government, drawing on the panelists’ research. Ines Mergel will provide an overview of how Agile has become imperative in the context of failure of large-scale waterfall projects. Agile is a user-centric and iterative framework, which enables public organizations to be nimble and adapt quickly to changing needs and demands. Sukumar Ganapati will explain the characteristics of Agile, and the opportunities and challenges of implementing it in public agencies. Andrew Whitford will outline the research gap on Agile from public administration perspective, and how it offers new pathways for researchers. Agile provides a new way of hypothesis driven “modeling through” (instead of muddling through), agile policy implementation and administrative change. The panel will conclude with pedagogical implications of how public affairs schools can include agile competencies in their curriculum, leading to a discussion of next steps for research, practice, and teaching. The panel features:

      Learn more about the Agile Government Center here.

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      On Demand: Connect Individuals to Meaningful Work

      View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Connect Individuals to Meaningful Work" featuring:

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      On Demand: Build Resilient Communities

      View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Build Resilient Communities" featuring:

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      LIVE: Business Meeting

      11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

      Featuring:

      • President's Report by Terry Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration
      • Treasurer's Report by Randy Lyon, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Development, National Academy of Public Administration
      • In Memoriam by Jeffrey Neal, Chair, Academy Board of Directors

      LIVE: Standing Panel on Technology Leadership

      12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

      Topics to be discussed:

      • Technology leadership – Identifying Skillsets for Today and Tomorrow.
      • Top Ten Tech Trends that will Impact Public Administration in 2021.
      • Setting the NAPA Panel’s Research Agenda – all ideas are welcome.

      LIVE: Standing Panel on Executive Organization and Management

      12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

      The meeting will cover the following topics: 

      • Developing a post-election discussion in December on potential management priorities for the next administration/term
      • Developing an agenda for meetings and initiatives in 2021, including next steps on the Grand Challenges papers for Collaborative Governance and Civic Engagement, and other potential activities.

      LIVE: Standing Panel on Intergovernmental Systems

      12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

      The Intergovernmental Standing Panel will review its progress the past year in 4 areas: (1) Federalism.us, a new NAPA-launched online convening place on better federalism, intergovernmental relations, and multilevel democracy, including a new online data book; (2) intergovernmental cases & tools /essential practices; (3) grants management; and (4) our joint work with the NAPA local government working group on the current fiscal stress of state and local governments. It will also briefly consider objectives, deliverables, and other next steps for the coming year in those 4 and other areas, including where, when, and about what to provide input to the federal executive branch and Congress.


      LIVE: Standing Panel on International Affairs

      12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

      TITLE: Keeping Course When the Compass Spins: Leadership, Governance, and Diplomacy in an Age of Uncertainty & Surprise

      SPEAKER: Dr. David J. Stuckenberg


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      LIVE: Standing Panel on the Public Service

      12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

      The Standing Panel on the Public Service, focused on the Grand Challenge to Modernize & Reinvigorate the Public Service, is intent on expanding the Academy’s influence to support meaningful and positive change around public workforce issues. In this meeting, we will describe and ask for feedback on the Standing Panel’s 2021 Annual Plan to address:

      • Rebuilding Trust in, and within, the Public Service at All Levels of Government;
      • Expanding Diversity and Inclusion and Improving Social Equity in Public Service; and
      • Exploring Centralization versus Decentralization in Workforce Policy (e.g., Role of OPM).

      We will also discuss the recent Executive Order Creating Schedule F in the Excepted Service (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-creating-schedule-f-excepted-service/). If you are interested in learning more about these issues and contributing to the work of the Standing Panel on the Public Service, please join our meeting.


      LIVE: Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance

      12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


      LIVE: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability

      3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


        MODERATOR: Nicole Darnall

        Associate Dean of Faculty Success and Strategic Partnerships, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University
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        Stan Meiburg

        Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability, Wake Forest University
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        Felicia Marcus

        William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow, Stanford University's Water in the West Program
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        Kathryn Sullivan

        Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
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        Monday, Nov 9 2020

        On Demand: Develop New Approaches to Public Governance and Engagement

        View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Develop New Approaches to Public Governance and Engagement" featuring:

        Read the referenced Election 2020 papers:

        1. Engaging Americans and Increasing Public Trust: An Agenda for 2021 and Beyond
        2. Enhancing Public Governance: An Agenda for 2021 and Beyond

        Download the presentation slides.

        ***This session was graciously sponsored by WAEPA.

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        On Demand: Advance National Interests in a Changing Global Context

        View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Advance National Interests in a Changing Global Context" featuring:

        Download the full action plan.

        ***This session was graciously sponsored by the Robertson Foundation for Government.

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        On Demand: Advance The Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Health

        View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Advance The Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Health" featuring:

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        ***This session was graciously sponsored by the Grant Thornton.

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        On Demand: Ensure Data Security & Individual Privacy

        View this video to learn more from the Election2020 working group on "Ensure Data Security & Individual Privacy" featuring:

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        LIVE: Strengthening Social & Economic Development

        11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern

        MODERATOR: Jodi Sandfort

        Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Incoming Dean, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
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        TC Broadnax

        City Manager, City of Dallas, TX
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        Lisa Gordon

        President and CEO, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
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        Robin Kramer

        Managing Director, The Smidt Foundation
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        LIVE: Plenary - Public service/Private resilience: Pandemics are Personal

        1:00 -2:15 p.m. Eastern

        This plenary will consider pandemics --past and present --from multiple perspectives, including what the public expects from the government and public servants. Dr. Schuchat will discuss challenges related to sustaining trust through a prolonged pandemic and review selected strategies for fostering resilience in both individuals and communities.

        Dr. Anne Schuchat

        Principal Deputy Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rear Admiral (Ret.), U.S. Public Health Service
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        LIVE: Protecting & Advancing Democracy

        3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

        MODERATOR: Chris Mihm

        Managing Director for Strategic Issues, US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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        Elaine Kamarck

        Senior Fellow, Governance Studies Program; Director, Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution
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        Jane Lute

        Chief Executive Officer, Sicpa SecurInk Corporation
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        Tuesday, Nov 10 2020

        Announcing the 2020 George Graham Award Winner

        Congratulations to our 2020 George Graham Award for Exceptional Service to the Academy winner, Myra Shiplett!

        View a brief conversation we had with Myra. 

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        Academy Study on Space Traffic Management

        Learn more about the report recently submitted to Congress and the Office of Space Commerce outlining the feasibility, effectiveness, and funding implications of transferring Space Traffic Management functions. This congressionally directed report highlights the urgent need to address the increasing numbers of active satellites and debris objects in Earth’s orbit and the necessary structure and authorities to manage and enhance space safety.

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        Improving Government Wide Information Policy Coordination

        If you missed it, the National Academy of Public Administration and the Data Foundation hosted a webinar on October 15th highlighting the ongoing challenge of how government can prioritize and organize our information so that it can be useful and accessible to inform important policy making decisions. Listen in to hear from an Academy taskforce as their review their recommendations featuring:

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        Academy Study for the National Coalition of STD Directors

        As we work to identify strategies to address the COVID 19 pandemic, we can identify lessons learned and promising practices from other efforts. Learn more about the two phases of study work to address the Sexually Transmitted Disease epidemic by examining federal programs, identifying intersecting efforts to tackle STDs, and documenting challenges and opportunities for local, “boots on the ground” prevent and control.

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        Academy Studies with the National Park Service

        The Academy has recently completed two studies with the National Park Service (NPS). Learn more about the work done by Academy Panels and study teams to address management and governance issues as they relate to the design and construction activities of NPS facilities and the storage and curation of artifacts in the NPS museum sites. Both of the studies provide lessons learned and best practice for managing a diverse set of sites and experiences and maintaining the high standards for the nation’s treasured national park system.

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        LIVE: The Challenge of Public Health Administration in a Pandemic: Crisis, Response, and Integrity

        3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

        Joshua Sharfstein

        Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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        Resources

        Academy's 12 Grand Challenges in Public Administration



        Academy's Management Matters Podcast

        Check out the Academy's weekly podcast series, Management Matters. Listen now!


        COVID-19 Resource Platform

        COVID-19 Resource Platform- relevant articles from the Academy fellows, resources from the Federal and Local governments, and on-the-ground perspectives from the Academy fellows' communities.


        2019 Fall Meeting Proceedings

        Miss the 2019 Fall Meeting? Check out the proceedings here.


        In Memoriam

        Every year the Academy honors those Fellows we have lost. Please find tributes to each of them in our in Memoriam book.


        Sponsors

        City of Gaithersburg, Maryland

        Congratulations Tanisha Briley!


        E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University

        Congratulations Jared Llorens!


        Grant Thornton Public Sector LLC

        Check out Grant Thornton's latest article by Fellow, Doug Criscitello on "Fixing America's failing fiscal health."


        L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University

        Learn more about the Wilder School.


        Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

        Congratulations Dean Siân Mooney!


        Management Systems International | A Tetra Tech Company

        Congratulations Joseph Christoff!


        Robertson Foundation for Government



        SICPA Securink Corp.

        Congratulations Jane Lute!


        Taylor Strategies


        University of Georgia School of Public & International Affairs

        Congratulations Gene Brewer and A. Nikki Clowers!


        University of Nebraska Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service

        Congratulations Dr. Angela Eikenberry!



        Pre-Meeting

        Academy Board Meeting (open to Fellows)

        12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

        The Academy's Board of Directors will meet prior to the start of the Fall Meeting. All Fellows are welcome to join. Please register.