PART 4/4 – 4 PAGE PUBLIC AGENCY ANALYSIS PAPER
Write a four (4) page paper in which you:
- Determine whether your selected agency should have union representation. Defend your position with at least two reasons. (Title this section “The Agency and Unions”)
- Determine whether your selected agency should privatize its services. Defend your position with at least two (2) reasons. (Title this section “The Agency and Privatization”)
- Analyze at least two (2) of the agency’s policies, procedures, and / or plans regarding pensions. (Title this section “Employee Pension Plans”)
- Recommend at least three (3) actions the agency could take to improve in the areas of productivity and performance evaluation. (Title this section “Recommendations for Improving Productivity and Performance Evaluation”)
- Appropriately incorporate at least four (4) quality sources. A quality source can be either popular, such as a news article, or scholarly, such as peer reviewed works. In the case of public administration, government websites are appropriate quality resources. Note: Wikipedia, SparkNotes, and similar websites do not quality as academic resources. Visit the Strayer University Library at http://research.strayer.edu to conduct research.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APAScenario for Assignments 1, 2, 3, and 4 For Assignments 1, 2, 3, and 4 you will take on the role of a consultant for a government agency. Your consulting firm has been asked by the agency to conduct background research, interview agency representatives, compile a report, and provide recommendations for improvement of their personnel management system. The first role of the consultant is to become familiar with the agency, its departments, and key actors. You will develop the assignment in four (4) parts, submitting each to your supervisor (your professor) who will review and grade your efforts.
Select one federal, state, or local government organization, and then select a department within that agency. Usually, you can find contact information on their website. Please note, each assignment builds upon the previous assignment. The agency you select in Assignment 1 must be used for all remaining assignments.
• Review website link: https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/a
• Select a federal or state public agency.
• Review the directions for Assignments 1, 2, 3, and 4 before selecting your agency. This will ensure that the agency you select will be able to address the requirements of each assignment.
Assignment 1: Rationale and Analysis for Agency Selected, Part 1 (Due Week 3)
Assignment 2: Evaluation of Agency’s Public Personnel Administration, Part 2 (Due Week 5)
Assignment 3: Agency’s Law and Ethics of Hiring a Diverse Workforce, Part 3 (Due Week 7)
Assignment 4: Analysis of the Agency’s Policies, Procedures, and Plans – Unions, Privatization, Pensions, and Productivity, Part 4 (Due Week 10)
After selecting an agency and department, you are expected to:
• Research the literature regarding issues that involve the selected agency and public administration in general.
• Interview one (1) representative of the agency’s department for the different sections of the paper. (Interviews can be conducted in person, by phone, or by an electronic method such as email.)
(Note: Guidelines for Interview Assignments at Strayer University [see Appendix]): (1) Before students engage in an interview assignment, they must adhere to these Guidelines for Interview Assignments at Strayer University:
(a) The purpose of the assignment is to train students in interview/research methods, not to develop or contribute to research that can be applied to situations beyond that studied or that is created to share with others outside of the local academic setting.
(b) No publication of projects containing the results of or information from the interviews is allowed, including publication in social media, blogs, or the Internet generally. The interview findings may only be shared in the class.
(2) When presenting the results of their interviews to their instructor and / or classmates, students may not disclose personally identifiable information about an interviewee, unless they have received written permission from the interviewee as verified by their instructor.
(3) All interviewees must be at least 18 years old.