Are you a recent graduate? The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee has launched its Data Science Fellows Program for recent grads, college juniors and seniors. There are multiple positions, both full and part time available.
The ASPA Conference this year, Picking Up the Pieces: Pandemics, Protests and the Future of Public Service, will be held online starting April 9, 2021. The conference offers 7 days of content, 56 hours of programming and over 150 panels. Please visit the ASPA Annual Conference page at https://www.aspanet.org/ASPA/Events/Annual-Conference/Annual-Conference.aspx to find out more on all the great panel tracks and special speakers. Registration is open and is a great price for the outstanding knowledge you will gain for your personal development and to do your job even better.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Congressional agency, originally called the General Accounting Office, was created by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. Its name was changed in 2004. Throughout its history GAO has saved the federal taxpayers many millions of dollars and made government much more efficient and effective. GAO’s work focuses on anything and everything that impacts the lives of the American people. To discover GAO’s rich history and work, please visit its web page GAO@100 https://www.gao.gov/about/what-gao-is/hundred-years-of-gao/
Here’s to another 100 years!
Here is an interesting connection of GAO to ASPA—Elmer B. Staats, the Fifth Comptroller General of the United States (1966-1981) the title of the head of GAO, was a founding member of ASPA in 1939, was President of the Washington, DC chapter (now NCAC) (1948-1949) and ASPA’s National President (1961-1962).
On Saturday, January 4, 2020, the NCAC Board started the New Year by meeting to assess the chapter’s progress during 2019 and to plan for 2020. The Board thought 2019 was successful and was pleased with trying a new format for some of its events. That new format was the World Café style format used for its October program on education and November program on regional affordable housing issues. It was agreed that while the format was successful, it needed to be mixed with other formats throughout 2020 to provide the best events to NCAC members.
Looking ahead, the Board set a regular production schedule for the Chapter newsletter. Now, the NCAC newsletter will be produced in January, March, May, July, September and November 2020. They also agreed to hold five chapter events during 2020—two in the spring, one in the summer and two in the fall. The Board further agreed to refresh the Chapter’s web site and make it a better knowledge tool for NCAC members. The Board agreed to make sure that all of its work and the Chapter’s programs focus on the Chapter’s mission–providing personal growth, knowledge-sharing and networking to NCAC members.
All Board members agreed that the Saturday together was fun and productive. Look for exciting changes in 2020.