• A Farewell from Academy President Dan G. Blair

    A Farewell from Academy President Dan G. Blair

    January 6, 2017 – Please click here to read Dan G. Blair's farewell to Academy Fellows and friends.  Read More
  • The National Academy of Public Administration Names Teresa W. Gerton as New President and CEO

    The National Academy of Public Administration Names Teresa W. Gerton as New President and CEO

     WASHINGTON, DC – The National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) today announced that Teresa (Terry) W. Gerton, a retired Army veteran who has served at the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Labor, will join the Academy as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 9, 2017. Ms. Gerton will replace Dan G. Blair, who led the Academy with distinction from July 2011 until December 2016. Read More
  • Sign Up For Our Management Matters Newsletter

    For two years, the Academy has taken great pleasure in delivering Management Matters to your inbox every morning. Thanks to input and contributions from our Fellowship, Management Matters has grown immensely in this short time. In response to the many requests from non-Fellows to be added to our Management Matters distribution list, we decided to open up subscription to the general public, in hopes of expanding the NAPA community and spreading the word about the valuable work that we do. Over the last two months, over 700 outside subscribers, primarily government employees, have joined the Academy community via Management Matters Read More
  • 2016 Memos to Leaders

    2016 Memos to Leaders

    Expert Insights for the Next Administration Read More
  • United States Secret Service: Review of Organizational Change Efforts

    United States Secret Service: Review of Organizational Change Efforts

    November 2016 – The leadership of the U.S. Secret Service has initiated a multi-pronged effort to address concerns and begin transforming the agency.  To assess progress and expected effectiveness of actions underway, the Secret Service requested that the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) conduct an independent review of recent enhancements to its organizational management and business support functions in response to  recent recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Protective Mission Panel (PMP), the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s (HOGR), and several DHS Inspector General investigations and reports. Read More
  • Veterans Benefits Administration: Review of the Disability Claims and Appeals Processes

    Veterans Benefits Administration: Review of the Disability Claims and Appeals Processes

    November 2016 – At the request of Congress, the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) conducted an independent review of the progress of VBA in reducing the disability claims backlog since 2010 and examined the increased appeals inventory over the past two years.  Read More
  • Managing Risks in the Retained Organization

    Transforming the retained organization is a critical factor in the successful transition to a shared services paradigm, concluded a panel of federal executives brought together by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy), in partnership with Ernst & Young LLP (EY), on October 6th. This panel described the reality of setting up the retained organization and its associated risks as well as shared practical strategies to mitigate risks and overcome challenges. Read More
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Who We Are and What We Do

The Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. The Academy’s unique feature is its 800+ Fellows—including former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. Our Fellows have a deep understanding of financial management, human resources, technology, and administrative functions at all levels of government, and direct most of Academy's studies.

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