Memos to National Leaders


Publication: 2012-10-26


The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) launched this project to inform incoming national leaders about policy and management challenges facing the Nation. This effort includes the release of a series of memoranda outlining these challenges and recommending solutions representing a consensus of the best thinking by public management practitioners and researchers across the country. The memoranda have been developed with both a Presidential and Congressional focus, reflecting the joint ownership of problems and solutions for these major challenges. We have produced memoranda in the following nine key areas, outlined below:


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:National Academy of Public Administration


The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) was created to help public sector leaders meet the important and varied management challenges of today and anticipate those of the future. Chartered by Congress as an independent, non-partisan organization, the National Academy undertakes its important work on behalf of the public sector by anticipating, evaluating, analyzing and making recommendations on the nation’s most critical and complex public management, governance, policy and operational challenges. Through the trusted and experienced leaders that comprise its more than 700 Fellows and direct its projects and services, the Academy improves the quality, performance, and accountability of government.

Name:American Society for Public Administration


The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. Members have an opportunity to advance their careers by becoming involved in their local public administration community. ASPA promotes ethics and integrity in public service and governance worldwide, while promoting dialogue on social equity issues in all areas of public service such as public budgeting, government hiring practices, diversity in academia and others.