Memos to National Leaders

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) launched this project to inform incoming national leaders about policy and management challenges facing the Nation. This effort includes the release of a series of memoranda outlining these challenges and recommending solutions representing a consensus of the best thinking by public management practitioners and researchers across the country.

The memoranda have been developed with both a Presidential and Congressional focus, reflecting the joint ownership of problems and solutions for these major challenges. We have produced memoranda in the following nine key areas, outlined below. These memos are the opinions and views of their respective authors, and are not the opinions of The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

This set of memoranda will discuss how policymakers and managers can cope with the collision between lower resources and sustained high expectations for public services, what options exist for the nation to reconcile its animosity to larger government with its growing appetite for public goods and services. And, what kinds of specific recommendations can be made to improve the way Congress and the agencies allocate increasingly scarce resources. Chair – Steve RedburnClick here to view Memos

This set of memoranda will discuss government's capacity to deliver effective public service for federally assisted programs, if these programs provide a more efficient, productive and responsive inter-governmental system, and whether reforms are needed to promote more effective governance of intergovernmental programs. Chair – Allan Rosenbaum, Click here to view the Memo

This set of memoranda will discuss whether effective public administration can occur in such a highly politicized environment, and whether the “giants” of public administration will continue to exist. Specific recommendations will be given to try and achieve a better balance between political responsiveness and competence in leading public organizations. Chair – James PfiffnerClick here to view Memos

This set of memoranda will discuss the emerging models and lessons learned from innovations at all levels of government both here and abroad. Chair – Steve Condrey, Click here to view Memos

This set of memoranda will discuss whether or not the President should seek authority to reorganize the federal government and submit reorganization plans to Congress, and subsequently, the lessons learned from prior reorganizations such as FEMA, Department of Education, and the Department of Homeland Security. Chair – Allen Lomax, Click here to view the Memo

This set of memoranda will discuss who has been affected by these initiatives, as well as how real time information in today’s society can promote effective public engagement and responsible public management. Chair – Alan Balutis, Click here to view Memos

This set of memoranda will explore lessons we can learn about how a nation with deeply held attachments to private markets and local communities can effectively manage cross-sectorial responses to major national economic and social crises. Chair – John Kamensky, Click here to view Memos

This set of memoranda will discuss whether these new initiatives have made a difference and what more needs to be done to make government more results-oriented. Chair – Don Moynihan, Click here to view Memos

This set of memoranda will discuss whether or not this shift is temporary or the wave of the future, and whether government and its managers can hold their own during this change. Chair – Mark Pisano, Click here to view the Memo

Capstone Publication

This is the final publication, incorporating the above nine (9) memos. This publication was featured at the May 22, 2013 event held at the

Russell Senate Office Building--guest speakers included Senator Mark Warner and the Honorable Paul Volcker.