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New study finds process, discretion, and dependency help contractors avoid sanctions for poor performance
amanda girthMost local government agencies rely on outside contractors to provide goods and services to citizens. But, what do the managers of agencies do when the contractor fails to meet the terms of their contract? A new study by Dr. Amanda M. Girth looks beyond the terms and conditions of the contract to the front lines of contract management by assessing whether and how severely managers sanction contractors for poor performance. The results of Girth’s research show that merely specifying the terms of the contract to include performance sanctions is not enough to hold contractors accountable, vigilant oversight is required. » Read more

Dr. Jill Clark to help alleviate food deserts as part of $3.96 million project
jill clark Dr. Jill Clark, an assistant professor at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, will take part in a $3.96 million project that aims to enhance food security by reconnecting farmers with consumers living in food deserts of the United States. The project — Building Local Government Capacity to Alleviate Food Deserts — will looks at ways local government policies have helped or hindered direct linkages between producers and people living in food deserts. » Read more


Regulatory delays are less when there are no congressional deadlines
stephane lavertuRegulators' delays in fleshing out the rules that accompany legislation can generate uncertainty, frustration and a sense that government is not working. For those who are potentially affected by those rules the delays can have significant consequences. To combat regulatory delay and the uncertainty that accompanies it, Congress sometimes imposes deadlines on agency rulemaking, and federal agencies often set target dates in order to publicize when they expect to issue regulations.

A new study by Glenn School Assistant Professor Stéphane Lavertu and Susan Webb Yackee (University of Wisconsin—Madison) suggests that congressional deadlines may in fact lead agencies to set overly optimistic target dates—that is, congressional deadlines may contribute to delay by decreasing the likelihood that agencies will finalize regulations when they initially anticipate. » Read more

Know your role to stop turnovers
Russell Hassan The study examined how manager role clarification enhances overall work satisfaction and reduce actual turnover in workgroups in a government agency. The results, which could have implications for effective human resource management at government agencies, indicated that clarifying work duties and performance expectations enhance overall work satisfaction and reduce turnover rates. » Read more

What is t he impact of reverse mortgages?
Stephanie MoultonThe project will pull together several unique datasets to provide an in-depth understanding of senior decision-making regarding reverse mortgages. “Through our partnership with CredAbility, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit reverse mortgage counseling organizations, we will be able to link longitudinal client level data on more than 30,000 seniors who considered reverse mortgages with individual level data from the National Council on Aging and loan level data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” Moulton noted. “Further, we will administer a follow-up survey to a sample of seniors to better understand the impact of reverse mortgages on longer term well-being.” » Read more

REMI award for outstanding economic analysis
Noah Dormedy Assistant Professor Noah Dormady along with two of his former colleagues have won the first ever REMI Outstanding Economic Analysis Award in recognition of their paper, “Regional macroeconomic assessment of the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan” published in the journal Regional Science: Policy and Practice. » Read more