20180208-2018 PA Connections: Planning and Networking Meeting

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:30pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:30pm – 7:30pm Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

PA Connections: February Planning and Networking Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 • 6:00pm-7:30pm

Come meet others interested in networking and mentorship!

What: This is the second of a series of monthly meetings that will take place on the second Thursday of the month. Please mark your calendar. At these meetings, we will seek input about the resources, events, and activities members would find most useful. From this discussion, we will work together to come up with a unified vision of what we are trying to accomplish, an implementation plan, and a plan for how we will measure success. We hope to see you there!

Coming soon – Google Group Forum:

We will be using the Google Group Forum capability to foster discussion on topics of interest to PA Connections. This will be particularly useful for preparing for the upcoming meetings, as well as fostering discussions and information sharing about mentoring and networking. If you have not already done so, please sign up for the pa_connections Google Group.

Remember the Registry:

Thank you to all who have submitted their information to the Registry. If you have yet to do so, please take care of it soon. It only takes a few minutes. I will send a reminder email with the link to the Google form. The Registry is for everyone, whether you want to connect with others to seek advice or to provide advice (or both). To have access to the Registry, you must have submitted information about yourself via the online form.

Ask us about joining the PA Connections Google Group.Contact us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

To learn more about PA Connections, click here or email us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

PA Connections co-chairs: Billy Leiserson and Pamela Foster.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20180111-2018 PA Connections: Planning Meeting

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:30pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:30pm – 7:30pm Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

PA Connections Invites You to its First Planning Meeting of 2018

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 • 6:00pm-7:30pm

What: This will be the first of a series of monthly meetings that will take place on the second Thursday of the month. Please mark your calendar. At these meetings, we will seek input about the resources, events, and activities members would find most useful. From this discussion, we will work together to come up with a unified vision of what we are trying to accomplish, an implementation plan, and a plan for how we will measure success. We hope to see you there!

Registry Update: At our last meeting, there was considerable interest in providing an online resource-the PA Connections registry-which will contain information about members who are looking to connect with others for informational interviews, mentoring, and career related advice. We plan to release a pilot version (v1.0) of the registry in the next few days. We encourage members to sign up and use the registry once it comes on line. Once it has been running for a few months, we will solicit feedback from members and make adjustments accordingly. To sign up for the registry, you must first accept a forthcoming invitation to join the PA Connections Google Group.

Ask us about joining the PA Connections Google Group. Contact us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

To learn more about PA Connections, click here or email us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

PA Connections co-chairs: Billy Leiserson and Pamela Foster.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20171102-2017 The Future of the Affordable Housing Crisis

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:30pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:30pm – 7:30pm Panel Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

ASPA NCAC Invites You to a Panel Discussion on Affordable Housing

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2017 • 6:30pm-8:00pm

The Future of the Affordable

Housing Crisis

A panel discussion on the affordability crisis in the metro DC area and across the country. This discussion will focus on why an affordable housing crisis exists, policy tools and techniques to maintain and increase affordable housing, and why affordable housing matters (socially and economically).

Who: Panel hosted by the National Capital Area Chapter of ASPA and moderated by Michael Silliman, MPA.

Panel:
Gov. Parris N. Glendening is President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and the Governor’s Institute on Community Design. In these roles, he travels across the country and around the world advising state and local governments on smart growth, transit, and sustainability policies and practices. Parris Glendening served as Governor of the State of Maryland from 1995-2003 where he created the nation’s first state-level smart growth policy package. Prior to being elected Governor, Glendening served three terms as elected county executive of Prince George’s County, Maryland. He taught political science at the University of Maryland, College Park for 27 years and is the author of two books and over 100 articles and conference papers.


Alazne (Ali) Solis is President and CEO of Make Room USA. Ali has led successful national campaigns during her two decade tenure in housing and thinks it’s about time that renters’ needs move to the top of the national agenda. She’s a deal-maker, coalition-builder and advocate for people and places that need help the most.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20171102-2017 PA Connections: Informal Organizational Meeting and Networking Event

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:30pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:30pm – 7:30pm Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

PA Connections Invites You to an Informal Organizational Meeting and Networking Event

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 • 6:00pm-7:30pm

Mentoring and Networking to Thrive in Public Administration

The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration has a new group called PA CONNECTIONS! We are looking to build on the momentum from our inaugural event on October 18, but we need your help. If you share an interest in mentoring, networking, public service and professional development, then come join us! We will be soliciting input about events and activities you would find most useful. In addition to brainstorming ideas, we will briefly discuss how we would like to organize the group.

PA Connections was formed by ASPA NCAC members interested in leveraging mentorship and networking to become more effective in our jobs and more adept at managing our careers.

We want the group to be responsive to the needs of ASPA members, but we can only accomplish that with your help. Please come and provide your input so we can work together to provide useful programming.

We welcome public servants at all career stages!

PA Connections co-chairs: Billy Leiserson and Pamela Foster

Questions? Can’t attend but would like to stay involved? Please contact with us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

To learn more about PA Connectionsclick here.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20171018-2017 Making PA Connections Inaugural Meeting

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:30pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:30pm – 7:30pm Panel Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

PA Connections Invites You to a Panel Discussion and Networking Event

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 • 6:00pm-7:30pm

Mentoring and Networking to Thrive in Public Administration

Featuring:
Commander Eric Popiel 

Commander Popiel is currently assigned to the Emerging Policy Staff (DCO-X) under the Deputy Commandant for Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He manages the Evergreen Program, the Coast Guard’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, and serves on the leadership team for the Federal Foresight Community of Interest. He has attended advanced facilitator training at the Luma Institute, facilitated multiple workshops for Senior Coast Guard leaders, teaches Human Centered Design methodology, and provides foresight guidance to multiple federal agencies.

Ms. Carol Rusaw

Ms. Rusaw served in the federal government and was a professor of public administration, management, and adult education. Most of her federal service involved training and development.  She designed, developed, taught, and managed programs for supervisors, managers, and executives. She also developed formal and informal mentoring programs.

The panelists will share their insights on the role of mentoring and networking in careers in public administration. Bring your questions and your insights—there will be ample time for discussion!

Sponsored by PA Connections, a Group of the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). PA Connections was formed by ASPA NCAC members interested in leveraging mentorship to become more effective in our jobs and more adept at managing our careers.

For more information, click here or email us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

PA Connections co-chairs: Billy Leiserson and Pamela Foster

To learn more about PA Connectionsclick here.

 

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20170926-2017 Chris Mihm GAO Govt Reform

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:30pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:30pm – 7:30pm Speaker and Q&A

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

Overlapping and Duplicative Federal Programs: How GAO's Work Can Help Guide Reform Efforts

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 • 6:00-7:30pm

A significant priority of the Trump Administration is to reform and reorganize the federal government. Over the next few weeks, the Office of Management and Budget will be reviewing agency proposals and deciding on the actions it will to take to develop and push forward a major reform agenda.

For the past ten years, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been reporting on overlapping and duplicative federal programs with the intent of helping Congress and the Executive Branch identify opportunities to streamline and make sense of the myriad programs the federal government operates. On September 26, Chris Mihm, the Managing Director of Strategic Issues and the leader of GAO’s work in this area, will speak on what GAO sees as the reform opportunities and challenges facing the Administration. Please join us in a lively discussion about what GAO has learned from its work and how that learning can guide agencies going forward.

20170719-2017 Summer Book Club Meeting

Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

5:30 – 6:00pm Refreshments

6:00pm – 7:00pm Book Discussion

Meetup - NCAC 2017 Summer Book Club Meeting

2017 Summer Book Club Meeting

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 • 5:30-7:00pm

What: WHEN YOUR JOB WANTS YOU TO LIE: A book club meeting to discuss “Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession” by Leonard Wong and Stephen J. Gerras

We all face pressure to fudge in our jobs: You have to sign that you have read and understand a long document that nobody has time to read, or you have to report figures for something that nobody has tracked so the best you can do is guess-timate. Wong and Gerras studied how U.S. Army officers are routinely required to misrepresent, how they cope with it, how pressure to lie undermines the Army’s effectiveness, and what can be done. We will start the discussion with Wong and Gerras’s book, and move on to talk about the problem in other organizations, how we can cope with pressure to misrepresent in our own jobs, and possible broader solutions.
Join us for a discussion that will help us deal with the kinds of situations we all encounter. The book is short–just 35 pages excluding frontal material. Click here for a  free PDF download. Or click here to buy a printed copy.

 

When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
5:30pm Refreshments
6:00 pm Book Discussion

Where: Partnership for Public Service,
1100 New York Ave. NW, Suite 200,
Washington, DC 20005

The event is free for everybody, but some spaces are reserved for ASPA NCAC members. Space is limited, so please RSVP.

20170330-2017 Annual Meeting with Paul Light

National Academy of Public Administration offices · 1600 K Street NW · Suite 400 · Washington, DC 20006
Entrance on 16th St.

5:30 – 6:00pm Informal Networking

6:00pm – 6:45pm Keynote Speaker

6:45pm – 7:30pm Awards and Chapter Business Meeting

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, Ph.D.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 • 5:30-7:30pm

Keynote Address with Q&A
Dr. Light will be talking about what the new administration can do to address the longstanding ills of the bureaucracy as it strives to meet campaign promises.  Dr. Light’s two most recent books, Government by Investigations: President, Congress, and the Search for Answers, 1945-2012 and A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It? will backdrop his talk.

Dr. Paul C. Light is NYU Wagner’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service, Before joining NYU, Dr. Light served as the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, founding director of its Center for Public Service, and vice president and director of the Governmental Studies Program. Dr. Light is the author of 25 books, including works on social entrepreneurship, the nonprofit sector, federal government reform, public service, and the baby boom.  A Government Ill Executed received the American Political Science Association’s Herbert Simon Award for the most important book on public administration in the preceding three-to-five years upon publication.  Dr. Light is also a co-author of a best-selling American government textbook, Government by the People.

Awards Ceremony & Chapter Business Meeting
After Dr. Light’s keynote discussion, we will hold an annual awards ceremony, announcing the winners for:

National Capital Area Chapter Award for Outstanding Service
This award is given to a member of the National Capital Area Chapter of ASPA who demonstrates outstanding service to the chapter.

The Frances Kelsey Award
This award is named for Dr. Frances Kelsey, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration employee who resisted pressure to approve Thalidomide, and thus prevented countless birth defects. This award will be given to a person who has demonstrated courage in promoting the public interest while employed in government, contractors or grantees.

Following the awards, we shall have a short business meeting. This will include a member vote to ratify changes to the ASPA NCAC By-Laws.  The By-Laws with proposed changes are available for review here.  Please send any feedback to the NCAC board at aspa.ncac@gmail.com.

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Seeking Opportunities in the Presidential Transition: How to Find Jobs in the Next Administration

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Our chapter is proud to co-sponsor an upcoming event with the Women’s Bar Association of DC for their upcoming December event.

Presented by: Government Attorneys Forum

Featuring:
Catie Hargrove, Senior Operations Manager, Center for Presidential Transition
Laura Pietrantoni, Associate, Center for Presidential Transition

Every four years, presidential elections determine who the leaders of the next administration will be. Join us as experts from the Center for Presidential Transition share ideas about the types of jobs and opportunities available in the new administration! Our panelists will give valuable advice about how to seek and apply for these jobs and opportunities and discuss the Plum Book. Our panel also will discuss diversity issues in the presidential transition.

Don’t delay in registering for this exciting program!

Cost:
Advance Registration Before / After December 5th:
Members*: $20 / $25
Non-members: $30 / $35
Student Members: $20 / $25

RSVP on the WBA of DC website.
*ASPA members can receive the WBA member rate by calling in and mentioning the co-sponsorship per Cathy Pagano of WBA-DC.
If you have questions about this program or experience any difficulties in registering, please call 202-639-8880.*

Speaker Biographies

Catie Hargrove is a Senior Manager with the Center for Presidential Transition, where she leads the design and implementation of thePartnership’s Senior Executive Service (SES) development activities, including executive coaching and action-learning programs for executives.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Catie was the Director of the Kinship Center Education Institute. Catie earned a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Capella University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Resource Development from James Madison University.

Laura Pietrantoni is an Associate with the Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition. She works to improve the appointments process so that more of the president-elect’s team is in place and ready to serve on day one.

Laura graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she concentrated on issues of election, representation, and governance.

Preparing for the Presidential Transition

Partnership for Public Service • 1100 New York Ave NW Suite 200 • Washington, DC

5:30pm – 6:00pm: Informal Networking
6:00pm – 7:30pm: Panel discussion with Q&A

Preparing for the Presidential Transition

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm

America is noted for transferring presidential power smoothly over the past 200 years, but leaders and citizens are increasingly concerned that these transitions are periods of great vulnerability for our nation. This session will bring participants current on initiatives underway to improve the presidential transition process this election year, and will provide both historical perspective and up-to-the-minute information on efforts underway to have the right leadership in place and prepared to govern.

This year, there are 73 days between the election and Inauguration Day. That’s not much time to do all the planning for the new Administration to be ready to start governing at 12:01 pm on January 20. And recent major events — from 9/11 to Hurricane Sandy to Ebola — have made government leaders at all levels much more aware of how vulnerable we are during the transition of power. And MUCH more aware that plans have to be made starting now so that those worrisome possibilities are prepared for.

It used to be that candidates did not want to be known to be preparing for transition — to be “measuring the drapes” in the Oval Office was considered to be presumptuous, at the very least.

No longer.

Since the Bush- Obama transition in 2008/2009 and the potential Obama-Romney transition in 2012-2013, transition planning is being taken increasingly seriously and action is being taken — notably by the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service — to be even more prepared than in the past and to look for ways to improve the transition process.

Legislation recently signed into law by President Obama has authorized transition planning starting 6 months before the election (it used to start the day after the candidates were named at the nominating conventions).

This June 22nd session provides insight into the importance of the Presidential Transition; provide information about some of the major challenges during the Transition (such as identifying and vetting key appointees, and getting them approved timely by the Senate); describe the roles of key groups/agencies in the Transition process, including various federal agencies; and describe the status of current initiatives to make this transition smoother, quicker, safer, and less vulnerable.

Our Expert Panel:

David EaglesModerator: David Eagles
Director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service

Dan BlairDan Blair
President and CEO for the National Academy of Public Administration

Mike SlatteryMike Slattery
Director of Agency Planning and Coordination for the Center for Presidential Transition

John KamenskyJohn Kamensky
John Kamensky, Senior Fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government, Associate Partner with IBM’s Global Business Services, Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, and former deputy director of Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government

Event Recap

June 22nd NCAC hosted an expert panel discussing administrative and political preparation for the presidential transition.  The event was well attended and we have fantastic attendee participation with a lively Q&A session.

Thanks again to our amazing panelists: Jon Kamensky, Dan Blair, and Mike Slattery. Unfortunately, David Eagles fell ill and was unable to attend; thanks to Sally Jaggar for moderating.

There were many great takeaways.  A few topic areas included the importance of advance planning, which can make or break administrative success, the complexity of information sharing beyond the administration that involves political networks and non-government partners, and involve strategic foresight.

“Presidential transitions are like a relay. The best are current runners setting a smooth baton hand-off for the next.” — Mike Slattery

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