The Future State of HUD: What Difference Could MHC's Make?

February 2002 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been a troubled agency for at least two decades. In the mid-1990s, the department’s troubles were so serious that GAO gave it a first-ever whole department “high risk” designation. The perception became widespread—both inside and outside the government—that HUD simply doesn’t work.

Diversity: A New Direction

April 2002 - In September 2001, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diversity Management and Equal Employment Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requested that the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) review the department’s diversity and equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies, organizational structure, and staffing.

Models for Change: Efforts by Four States to Address Environmental Justice

June 2002 - This report is the Panel’s second report on environmental justice and part of its ongoing research efforts. The report is designed to assist the public, state and local agencies, and others interested in environmental justice by identifying state initiatives that can serve as models of best practices.

The Field Directorate of the Bureau of the Census

July 2002 - The Field Directorate is the Census Bureau’s principal operating arm, responsible for the collection and dissemination of data for decennial censuses and for a wide variety of surveys conducted during decennial and intercensal years.

Summary of Human Resource Management Research by the National Academy of Public Administration

July 2002 - The National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) has reviewed its recent human resources management research to assist the new Volcker Commission in examining current issues related to the state of the federal service. The Commission expressed interest in what the Academy has learned about the public service through the work of its Center for Human Resources Management.

Courts, Congress, and Constituencies: Managing Fisheries by Default

July 2002 - In 1976, the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act established the first federal system to govern fishing in the then newly-declared 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This management system was uniquely participatory, composed of representatives of states, recreational and commercial fishers, and the federal government.

Wildfire Suppression: Strategies for Containing Costs

September 2002 - Given the Congressional request, the Academy Panel focused on why wildfire suppression costs are increasing and what could be done to contain them. The Panel began its work by examining the cost-related decision-making on six large fires that burned in the summer of 2001.

Scientific Research at the Smithsonian Institution

October 2002 - The Smithsonian Institution is a unique organization, established in 1846 “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” It has grown over the years and is now composed of 16 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and numerous research facilities in the United States and abroad.