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Assignment 1: Rationale for Agency Selected
Due Week 2 and worth 100 points

For this and the following assignments, which will become a major part of your portfolio, you will take on the role of a consultant for a government agency. The first role of the consultant is to familiarize yourself with the agency, its departments, and key actors. Select a local, county, state, or federal agency and a department within the agency. Usually, you can find contact information on their Websites.

After selecting an agency and department, you are expected to:

Provide a rationale for your selection, and research the agency and department.
Interview at least two (2) representatives of the agency’s department for the different sections of the paper. (If you can obtain more than two (2) different interviews, do so. The more perspectives, the better. Interviews can be conducted in person, by phone, or by an electronic method such as email.)
Research the literature regarding issues that involve the selected agency and public administration in general.
Assume the role of a consultant who works for a consulting firm that has asked you to research this agency and file a report with the Vice President (VP) of Accounts and Client Support.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper, titled Part I: Background of and Rationale for the {Selected Agency} in which you separate the content into sections:

Provide background information about the agency and its department, mission, and its goals / objectives. (Title this section Introduction.)
Describe three to five (3-5) functions of this agency. (Title this section Functions of the Agency.)
Analyze two to three (2-3) current events involving the agency. (Use the e-Activities from Week 1 and Week 2.) (Title this section Current Events.)
Explain the rationale for selecting this agency with two to three (2-3) justifiable reasons. (Title this section Rationale.)
List four to five (4-5) academic sources and government Websites you expect to access in your research. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)
Some Websites you may want to access are:
U.S. Government Printing Office located at.gpo.gov/”>http://www.gpo.gov/
The Federal Register located at.federalregister.gov/”>http://www.federalregister.gov/
U.S. Government Accountability Office located at.gao.gov/”>http://www.gao.gov/
American Society for Public Administrators located at.aspanet.org/public/”>http://www.aspanet.org/public/

When using these sites, please make sure they follow APA formatting within the text and on the Reference Page.

Assignment 2: Analysis of the Selected Agency
Due Week 4 and worth 300 points

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s planning, organizational design, decision-making process, and implementation and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research related academic sources, the agency’s Website, or any government Website. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you:

Describe the history of the selected agency and department by explaining its reasons (goals / objectives) for being established. (Title this section History of {Insert name of Agency})
Analyze the organizational design of the selected agency and specific department by describing the design and organizational chart. Assess its effectiveness in making major policy decisions and providing services to its primary recipients. (Title this section Organizational Design.)
Include a figure of the current organizational design within the text of the paper.
Recommend a redesign of the agency’s structure to serve the needs of the department’s businesses better without jeopardizing the goals / objectives of the agency. Explain your reasoning for changing the design and explain the change’s impact on the agency’s effectiveness in delivering quality services. (Title this section Assessment of Organizational Design.)
Include a figure of the new organizational design within the text of the paper.
Analyze two to three (2-3) major milestones, factors (internal or external), or actors affecting the agency’s success and its influence on the effectiveness of the agency’s planning, organizational design, decision making, and implementation. Also, analyze two to three (2-3) possible causes (internal or external) that appear to have the effect of impeding the organization’s implementation of its policy and for meeting its goals / objectives. (Title this section Evaluation of Planning and Implementation)
Recommend two to three (2-3) strategies (from criteria 4 above) that the agency could implement to improve its effectiveness in the areas of planning, decision making, organization, and / or implementation by explaining each recommendation and providing reasons each recommendation would bring about improvement. (Title this section Recommendations for Planning and Implementation.)
Include a Cause and Effect Diagram in the text of the paper.
Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews by submitting the completed interview forms and a list of questions you asked each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)

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; references must follow APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, reference page, and appendix pages are not included in the required assignment page length. The assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Examine the basic components and functions of public sector administration.
Analyze the elements of effective planning in the public sector.
Examine the steps and models used in effective decision making.
Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
Examine the fundamentals and process of effective organizational design.
Evaluate the various strategies for and implications of implementing public administration programs.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Click.strayer.edu/institution/PAD/599/1124/Week4-1124/Week%204%20Assignment%202%20Rubric.html”>here to view the grading rubric.

Assignment 4: Evaluation of Agency’s Human Resources Management

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s human resources management system and processes and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research related academic sources and Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

1.Analyze three to four (3-4) of the major components of the agency’s human resource system, processes, and performance evaluation plan for hiring and retaining a diversified workforce. (Title this section Human Resource Processes.)
2.Analyze and describe the implications impacting the agency’s current employment trend, growth, and delivery of its products and services. (Title this section Implications of Human Resource Workforce.)
3.Recommend two to three (2-3) managerial and professional skills and competencies required to improve the agency’s workforce by explaining each recommendation, providing reasons each recommendation would bring about improvement, providing two to three (2-3) ways the agency could implement programs in preparation for those skills not visible within the agency’s workforce as a method of promotion and advancement for current employees. (Title this section Succession Planning for Human Resource Management.)
4.Describe the consultant position you are performing by (a) giving it a title; (b) explaining two to three (2-3) major specifications required of the job and how each will be measured in a performance evaluation; and by (c) explaining two to three (2-3) ways this position will be used within the various departments of the agency and for meeting the specific goals / objectives of the agency. (This job description will be provided to the Agency Director who has requested it. As a resource, you are to use the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, located at http://www.occupationalinfo.org/ and published by the U. S. Department of Labor located at www.usajobs.gov. (Title this section Job Analysis and Design.)
5.Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and responses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
6.Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)

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 APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
•Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, reference page, and appendix pages are not included in the required assignment page length. The assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

•Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
•Analyze the major components of the system, processes, and methods for effective human resource management in the public sector.
•Assess external organizational and employee conditions, trends, and implications of these factors for human resource management of the private sector.
•Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
•Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.

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Assignment 3: Evaluation of Agency’s Ethics, Cooperation, Leadership, and Legal Decisions
Due Week 6 and worth 270 points

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected Agency’s Ethics, Cooperation, Leadership, and Legal Decisions and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research-related academic sources and government Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

Analyze two to three (2-3) current events from the past two (2) years (using the e-Activity in Week 4*) focusing on the administrative responsibility and ethical implications to the stakeholders, organization, and public regarding the issues in described in the current event. (Title this section Administrative Ethics.) (*Go to The Center for Public Integrity iWatch, located at .iwatchnews.org/icij/about”>http://www.iwatchnews.org/icij/about. Scroll to the bottom of the page to “What We Investigate.” Select a topic and review three (3) of the latest news items about it.)
Assess the leadership of this agency (in light of leadership models) and of the political context in which the agency operates, highlighting at least three (3) ways internal agency leaders and political leaders have influenced the success and / or failure of the agency. (Title this section Leadership Influences.)
Analyze the power the agency has in enforcing the regulations they are asked to uphold (using the e-Activity in Week 5). Discuss two to three (2-3) challenges to enforce the agency’s regulations. (Title this section Legal Decisions.)
Analyze three to four (3-4) strategies for the agency’s future plans for administrative ethics, leadership, and legal to improve the agency’s operation and its primary recipients. (Title this section Strategies for Consideration to Administrative Processes.)
Recommend two (2) strategies that will provide immediate improvement based on models that influence public policy and the three to four (3-4) strategies presented in criteria four (4) above with a reason each recommendation would bring about improvement. (Title this Recommendations for Improvements to Administrative Processes.)
Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews by submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and responses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)
Assignment 5: Evaluation of the Agency’s Budgeting and Cumulative Report
Due Week 10 and worth 290 points

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s budgeting and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research-related academic sources and Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

Analyze the agency’s (or department’s) budget by following these six (6) steps and including the results of the analysis in your paper by: (a) identifying the agency’s budget as executive department or an independent agency; (b) determining which of the appropriation subcommittees has jurisdiction over each agency’s budget request; (c) determining where each agency’s operations fall in the functional classification of the federal budget; (d) determining the budget authority and outlays proposed for the agency; and (e) determining the actual outlays and budget authority for the agency in that year. (Title this section Budget Overview.)
Analyze two (2) major political influences on and primary accountability areas required of program administrators after reviewing FY2012 regarding mandatory and discretionary budgets. (Title this section Budgeting Assessment.)
Explain which intergovernmental agency, or agencies, contributes to and / or influences the budgetary decisions for the current and future budget over the next five (5) years. (Title this section Analysis of Budgeting Plans and Actual Expenditures.)
Analyze the impact of international policy making on the current year’s budgets and possible impact on future budget line items. (Title this section Implications of Foreign Policy.)
Recommend two (2) robust ways in which the agency could improve the budget for the next fiscal year. (Title this section Budget Request and Recommendations.)
Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews by submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and responses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)

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 APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, interview forms, reference page, and the appendices are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
Analyze the fundamental components of effective budgeting, including sources of revenue, political influences, purposes, types, and accountability of program administrators.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Click.strayer.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/PAD/599/1124/Week10-1124/Week%2010%20Assignment%205%20Rubric.html”>here to view the grading rubric.

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