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Commentary: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

Open records laws make it possible for the public to get their hands on valuable government information. That's generally a good thing. But there are a number ...

Commentary: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

In just a four-year term, it’s not uncommon for a governor to watch high-level officials walk out the door—sometimes several times for the same job. Though there are no studies indicating ...

Commentary: Raj Sharma, Peter Morrissey

Every year, thousands of professionals at all levels of government in the United States execute contracts to buy $2 trillion in public goods and services, ranging from fighter jets ...

Commentary: William Glasgall

Happy fiscal New Year! Or so the National Council of State Legislatures proclaimed in its blog post this month. I second the council’s wish for fiscal 2017, but but with a bunch of ...

Commentary: Donald F. Kettl

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t adapt to a changing environment. There are bad signs that American government is caught in its own Jurassic trap — a mismatch of its ...
Education for the Public Workforce

Commentary: Peter Morrissey

Each year, governments in the United States spend about $2 trillion to purchase goods and services—from tanks to textbooks to health care to software—for public use. While the scale ...

Commentary: Shelley H. Metzenbaum

We hate to wait, especially for something we don't want to do, such as get a license at the Department of Motor Vehicles, navigate airport bag-and-body checks, or call the cable ...

Commentary: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

State and local budgets are based on general fund revenues. The cash usually comes from such primary sources as income and sales taxes, and pays for a wide swath of government ...
Education for the Public Workforce

Commentary: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

Several weeks ago, we wrote a column about employee surveys in state and local government. It focused on the importance of using the results to take actions that improve the workplace. ...

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