Restructuring the Patent Trademark Office

February 2003 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been struggling to respond effectively to this sharp increase in workload. Between FY 1991 and FY 2001, the patent examiner workforce increased almost 80 percent to accommodate an 83 percent increase in patent applications.

A Breath of Fresh Air: Reviving the New Source Review Program

April 2003 - With this report, the Academy fulfilled its charge from the U.S. Congress to conduct an independent management evaluation of the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review (NSR) program. The NSR was a critical tool enacted by Congress 25 years ago to protect public health and improve the nation’s air quality. But, as applied to existing facilities, NSR did not work as Congress had intended.

Powering the Future: High-Performance Partnerships

April 2003 - The National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy), from 2002 to 2003, explored a model that held tremendous promise for meeting today’s challenges and achieving significant long-term results: the high-performance cross-sector partnership.

Broadband Pay Experience in the Private Sector

July 2003 - The Human Resources Management Consortium asked the Academy’s Human Resources Management Panel (Panel) and the Center for Human Resources Management to: catalogue the private and public experience with broadband systems in order to identify which aspects were effective; highlight other lessons learned from system users; identify other compensation systems that the private or public sectors employ, which might be appropriate for broader use in the federal sector; and recommend an approach for the use of broadbanding and/or other alternative systems as a replacement for the GS system, or for broader use by federal agencies.

Addressing Community Concerns: How Environmental Justice Relates to Land Use Planning and Zoning

July 2003 - This report is the third in a series of studies on environmental justice conducted by the Academy for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). It builds on the Academy’s two prior studies, Environmental Justice in EPA Permitting: Reducing Pollution in High-Risk Communities (December 2001) and Models for Change: Efforts by Four States to Address Environmental Justice (June 2002).

Strengthening Democracy through Citizen Engagement: Insights for Public Administrators

July 2003 - Democracy cannot thrive without a thoroughly engaged citizenry. Recognizing the immense importance of citizen engagement, the National Academy of Public Administration issued a June 1999 report entitled A Government to Trust and Respect, which urged public officials to take strong measures to rebuild the poor relationship between citizens and government before effective democratic government becomes steadily harder to achieve. A 10-member Academy Panel, chaired by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul A. Volcker, produced the report. 

Broadband Pay Experience in the Public Sector

August 2003 - The Academy's Human Resources Management Panel (HRM Panel) released a series of reports, from 2003 to 2004, on the adoption and implementation of broadband pay systems in the public and private sectors. The first report focused on the private sector’s experience with broadband pay and identified emerging trends in compensation policy and practices used by private industry. In this second report, the HRM Panel benchmarked most of the federal and state organizations that had been given authority to test the broadband approach to paying civil servants.