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Presidential Transition 2016: Memos Advising Leaders

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Presidential Transition 2016

American University’s School of Public Affairs and the National Academy of Public Administration are partnering to provide expertise and evidence-based strategies on key issues that the presidential transition teams will face in 2016. Several key focus areas include government accountability, cybersecurity, behavioral economics, and public/private collaboration.

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"On Food Safety, Collaboration Can Be Hard to Swallow"

By Barbara Romzek, Jocelyn Johnston, and Rebecca Yurman

Recently, Chipotle Mexican Grill temporarily closed its doors nationwide after hundreds of people became ill from the food at several of its 2,000 restaurants over a period of months. Stories like Chipotle’s – food-borne illness outbreaks in quick-service restaurant chains – have become very common. Though Chipotle is ultimately responsible for serving tainted food, public health officials from a number of federal, state, and private agencies work together to investigate and prevent further illness. So, how do these agencies find common ground and overcome challenges under the pressures of rapid response?

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Accountability in Government

On April 5th, NAPA and SPA hosted a forum on Accountability in Government, which featured a keynote address from Comptroller General of the United States Gene Dodaro.


Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science: Insights for Public Administration

What can the behavior teach us about our own financial decisions, global economy, or leading a nation? Believe it or not, there are real correlations to be drawn between the two when looking at each through the framework of behavioral sciences.


Institutional Barriers to Cybersecurity

On November 17, 2015, NAPA and SPA kicked off its first of four Presidential Transition forums. The forum covered such topics as the cyber capabilities of terrorist organizations, the federal government’s role in aiding small businesses in cybersecurity, and more.