The Public Manager

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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter

Businesses Prepare Their Employees for Disaster Recovery: Local Government Can Learn from the Business Community Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, damaging 90,000 square miles, an area the size of Oregon. Fully 750,000 people were left homeless in New Orleans alone, and Mississippi's coastal area had 110,000 more displaced people. The storm...
Commitment to Performance Excellence in Ontario: The Ontario Public Service-Known Internationally for Its Performance Excellence, Innovation, and Transformation-Is Making Breakthroughs in Public Management
How does government respond to the continual threats of better, faster, and cheaper privatization and outsourcing? Does the private sector have a "corner on the market" for performance excellence? Can the public sector truly compete with Fortune 500...
E-Governance in Slovenia-Part IV: Since Their Modest Emergence in the Late 1990s, Government Web Sites Have Shown Uneven, but Marked, Progress
This last article in our four-part series focuses on the Web sites of key government entities, ministries, and other institutions, such as the Office of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Ombudsman, and National Assembly. Darren Purcell...
Finding Common Purpose in a National Forest: After Four Decades of Conflict, the City of Portland and the USDA Forest Service Are Working Together to Manage the Bull Run Watershed in Mt. Hood National Forest
The City of Portland Bureau of Water Works and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service are working together, along with citizens, to create a new, more relevant relationship for long-term stewardship of the Bull Run Watershed in Mt....
Governing Non-Governmental Public-Serving Organizations: Fulfillment of the Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members Is Critical to the Viability of NPS Organizations
"The distinction between "private for profit vs. public not-for-profit" organizations is inadequate, either for explaining behavior, or for designing new socially responsive forms. --H. Igor Ansoff One outstanding characteristic of the political...
Hurricane Katrina: Two Intergovernmental Challenges: How Can We Better Our Mitigation and Sort out the Legal Authorities to Improve Our Response?
Throughout the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Katrina, especially during the "Great Flood of New Orleans," it seemed as if everyone were in charge but working at cross-purposes. In reality, no one was in charge because multiple, diverse people and entities...
In Pursuit of Higher Performance-Part I: Federal Executives and Managers Are Using Proven Change Tools to Strategically Improve and Advance Their Organizations
Working in today's federal government is challenging, at times overwhelming. In their service to the American public, federal executives and managers must cope with numerous, varied problems: large deficits, demands for discretionary dollars to fund...
Inter-Municipal Cooperation in British Columbia: For Forty Years, the Province's Innovative Regional District System Has Lowered the Cost of Cooperation among Neighboring Jurisdictions, Encouraged Fiscal Equivalence, and Improved the Performance of Local Government
One of the most difficult problems for local governance is to determine institutional arrangements and boundaries for local goods and services that are preferred by citizens in different geographical areas or that possess different production characteristics....
Managing Conflict in Public Organizations: Conflict Can Be Recognized, Tackled, and Resolved in Five Not-So-Easy Steps
Managers in every type of organization have to deal with conflict, but those in public organizations are subject to more of it than their counterparts in private and nonprofit organizations. In extremely bureaucratic environments, with ever-increasing...
Mechanisms for Collaboration: EMAC and Katrina: Almost 66,000 Personnel Were Deployed under EMAC during the Katrina and Rita Disasters, but More Arrangements Are Needed-Particularly Pre-And Post-Disaster
Emergency management in the United States involves public, private, and nonprofit organizations, as well as individual and organized volunteers. The system is characterized by networks of individuals and organizations, some linked by formal or informal...
Mentors: Advice from Experience: A Young Federal Employee Gives Her Take on Getting the Most from Mentoring
Throughout my (albeit not extensive) professional career, I've had many encounters with mentors or mentor-type relationships. Some have been established programs (my mentor was selected for me), and others have been on my own accord (I sought the person...
Moving Forward: ASPA Katrina Task Force: This Year's Discussions Highlight Improving Local Emergency Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Planning
On April 3, 2005, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) received its first report from the Hurricane Katrina Task Force appointed by then President Don Menzel. Because the hurricane and flooding revealed many gaps in American emergency...
Next Generation Feds Find a New Way to Network: YoungFeds.org Gives Young Government Workers a Space to Share Ideas and Learn from the Best
The old advertising adage says, "To be effective, you've got to connect with people where they live." Today, young people live online--and that's the whole idea behindYoungFeds.org, a project of the Council for Excellence in Government (CEG), supported...
The Atlanta BeltLine and Neighborhood America: Transportation Planners Found a Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Way to Capture the Diverse Views of Residents and Report the Complex Needs of Each Region
In recent decades, Atlanta has transformed into a great metropolis of economic growth, a vibrant and diverse city with promising expansion plans. However, a lack of community interconnection and public infrastructure to support the transportation needs...
The Manager's Musings
Preparedness I imagine that most Americans--particularly public servants with emergency management experience--were both saddened and dejected by what they saw happening in New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina fiasco. As someone who spent roughly...
You're a Liberal If
Well, as the saying goes, "Isn't that special?" And that ironic meaning of "special" certainly applies to the most recent midterm elections. Midterms are the way our democracy does a correction for the excesses of the electorate from the most recent...