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This newsletter features our new report, "A County Manager’s Guide to Shared Services in Local Government" by Eric Zeemering and Daryl Delabbio. This report discusses successful shared service implementations in local governments. Additionally, we released our newly revised book, "Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives," which helps to acclimate new government executives to the world of public service. Enjoy!
Authors: Eric Zeemering and Daryl Delabbio
The report brings together the knowledge and experience of Professor Zeemering, an academic, and Daryl Delabbio, a practitioner. Together, they present findings—based on both research and experience—on how local governments, specifically county governments, are today implementing a variety of shared services. The authors discuss the growing interest in shared services, which is driven partly by economic concerns (i.e., budget savings and new revenue streams), as well as non-economic concerns such as the need to improve the quality of local services and improve working relationships with neighboring jurisdictions.
Authors: Mark A. Abramson, Jonathan D. Breul, Dan Chenok, John M. Kamensky, & G. Martin Wagner
Four years ago, we released a book to guide new government executives, especially new political appointees. The goal of the book was to quickly acclimate new government executives to the world of public service as practiced in Washington, D.C. Over the last four years, Getting It Done has been widely read, ordered, and re-ordered as a must-read roadmap to hit the ground running for agency leaders. With the advent of a second term for the Obama administration, a new set of leaders will arrive across the federal government in coming months. Accordingly, the Center updated and re-released some key chapters that have been well-received.
Historically, second terms for a presidency have seen significant activity in improving government. The Clinton administration’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government and the Bush administration’s President’s Management Agenda both saw renewed focus in the four years following reelection. The opportunity for new leaders in the Obama administration to make a difference is great. We hope that this update to Getting It Done will prove useful in helping them to achieve success.
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