20170330-2017 Annual Meeting with Paul Light

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.