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Congratulations are most definitely in order for Brian Footer, who is pursuing his MPA at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service: The online network GovLoop and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) have awarded him third place for his essay, "Local Government Grant Program, " which suggests a new grant program that would make funds available to help communities that miss out on much-needed assistance in these fiscally pinched times.
"I believe government's inherent social value is establishing services essential to provide basic human needs," wrote Footer, whose essay was among the top three winners chosen after a review, by a panel of judges, of more than 1,700 entries submitted by graduate students around the country.
"This, however," he went on, "is not a mandate for government to deliver services. Rather, government should be a coordinator of parties and resources, and no one understands the unique demands of each geographic community better than local government."
Brian's honor includes a $1,000 scholarship.
The GovLoop/NASPAA announcement is here.
Confidence in the federal government's ability to respond effectively to national and international economic and political problems continues to dwindle. Some of these complaints are a clear reaction to political ideology, deepening polarization, and the recent budget battles, but they all reflect a core of reality.
On Tuesday, June 21, a new national blueprint for reform by Professor Paul Light and Fellows from NYU Wagner -- "Creating High Performance Government: A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity" -- was released in Washington, D.C. With its specific recommendations, the report is based on the simple premise that the time for small-scale reform has passed, and Congress and the president have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve government for the long-term.
In attendance was U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker, William Robertson of The Robertson Foundation for Government, and Professor Paul Light of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. The report was written by Professor Light, the founding director of the Global Center on Public Service at the Wagner school.
The study, representing a year's work by Prof. Light and the Wagner Fellows, was underwritten by Volcker and the Robertson Foundation. Among the press coverage was a detailed piece in Government Executive.com.
The full report is available at http://wagner.nyu.edu/governmentreform/index.pdf.