Barbara S. Romzek

Dr. Barbara Romzek is Professor of Public Administration and Policy. She served as Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University from 2012-2017. Prior to her time at American University she held numerous academic appointments and leadership positions at the University of Kansas. Dr. Romzek is recognized for her expertise in public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her research has encompassed complex work settings, including NASA, Congress, and the U.S.

Implementing State Contracts for Social Services: An Assessment of the Kansas Experience

This report examines how the State of Kansas, like many other states, is reconsidering the structure of service delivery for many of its social welfare programs. Like other states, Kansas has opted to "privatize" or contract several components of its social welfare services. In the areas of Medicaid and welfare program, Kansas has been very aggressive in examining the possibilities of alternative service delivery strategies. The study examines contracting for case management services in the Medicaid program. Missions and Programs

Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy
American University
SPA - Public Admin and Policy
Kerwin Hall - 345
Washington, DC 20016
United States
(202) 885-6444

Dr. Barbara Romzek is Professor of Public Administration and Policy. She served as Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University from 2012-2017. Prior to her time at American University she held numerous academic appointments and leadership positions at the University of Kansas. Dr. Romzek is recognized for her expertise in public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her research has encompassed complex work settings, including NASA, Congress, and the U.S. Air Force, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit agencies. Dr. Romzek is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has been recognized for her research with awards from the American Society for Public Administration, the American Political Science Association, including the 2014 Gaus Award for a Lifetime of Exemplary Scholarship from the American Political Science Association. Dr. Romzek is currently a member of a multi-year joint project, mandated by the U.S. Congress, of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration to track and assess Governance and Management Reform in the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

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