Successful achievement of an Administration's policy goals depends on high performing government programs and people. In pursuit of the goal of helping a new Administration create high performing programs and people, the Academy surveyed is Fellows to get their ideas on what initiatives would be most valuable to a new Administration. The four major initiatives that were identified form the basis for the Academy's four T16 Panels, which aim to issue concrete recommendations in their respective areas to the Presidential candidates and incoming Administration.
On November 17th, The Academy and the American University School of Public Affairs kicked off its first of four Presidential Transition forums with a robust discussion on the Institutional Barriers to Cybersecurity. The forum, which was held at the University Club in Washington, D.C. and featured several panelists associated with American University, covered such topics as the cyber capabilities of terrorist organizations, the federal government’s role in aiding small businesses in cybersecurity, and educating employees and students to prevent internal lapses in security.
Traditional policy interventions are usually based on what people consciously think about and behavior that can be shaped by providing information or altering incentives. It is assumed that individuals will analyze the information and incentives presented to them and act in their best interest. Behavior economics suggests that policymakers can shape behavior by focusing on the individual's automatic processes of judgment and influence.
On April 5th, the Academy, in partnership with the American University School of Public Affairs, hosted a forum on Accountability in Government, which featured a keynote address from Comptroller General of the United States Gene Dodaro.
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