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Public Administration in the Public Interest
Doctoral Dissertation

(301 pages)

by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

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Dr. Mary R. Hamilton, a former Executive Director of the American Society for Public Administration, and currently Senior Executive in Residence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, has written a commentary about my dissertation, "Public Administration in the Public Interest".  That dissertation  was about  (and still is about) my vision of what the public service, public administration, and government can be at their best.  I went back to the values and vision of the Founding Fathers. I also proposed this paradigm of public administration in response to Dwight Waldo’s statements in 1969 concerning the absence of a philosophy of change, purpose, or direction in public administration.  The dissertation is here online at http://GordonPublicAdministration.com .  I hope you find the commentary by Mary Hamilton of interest. I welcome your responses or comments at pgordon@starpower.net .  Here is the commentary by  Dr. Mary Hamilton:  “What if Public Administration Had a Purpose?”  Published July 25, 2014 in PA Times Online, a publication of the American Society for Public Administration. 


What if Public Administration Had a Purpose?

Commentary by Mary Hamilton
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                         ANNOUNCEMENT

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT for GOVERNMENT and the PUBLIC SECTOR

 

The Emergency Management Certificate Program

Auburn University Center for Governmental Services

 

The following courses are taught by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D. They are three of the five Online Homeland Security and Emergency Management Courses that are a part of the Certificate Program:

  • Key Elements of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Continuity  Post 9/11 and Post-Katrina                                    April 7 – May 4, 2014
  •   Planning and Preparedness for Homeland Security and Emergency Management Post-9/11 and Post-Katrina         June 10 – July 6, 2014

  •   Unmet Needs and Challenges:  Some Key Challenges Facing 

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Post 9/11 and

     Post
Katrina                                            October 6 – November 2, 2014

Each of the five courses required for completion of the Emergency Management Certificate Program are offered exclusively online, each lasting four weeks. Certificates will be awarded following successful completion of each course and recognition of completion of the certification program and a lapel pin will be awarded following completion of all five courses.   Courses may also be taken on their own on a one time basis and not as a part of the Certificate Program.

Information about the Emergency Management Certificate Program and about

registration can be found by visiting the CGS website at www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs, or by calling the Center at (334) 844-4782(334) 844-4782. The program application form is available at http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs/documents/EM%20-%20Program%20Application%202009.pdf

 

 

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Auburn University Center for Governmental Services

The Emergency Management Certificate Program

  CPEM-E-02


Key Elements of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Continuity

Post 9/11 and Post Katrina

 

Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

Instructor

 

April 7 – May 4, 2014

 

 

The course objective is to introduce learners to a wide array of issues and concerns

involving the nation's critical infrastructure as that term can be broadly defined in the post 9/11 and post- Katrina world. The topics that will be addressed in this course include the following:

 

  • the range of critical infrastructure concerns;

 

  • ways in which critical infrastructure concerns have been defined and addressed in the past, ways in which they are presently being addressed, and ways in which they could be more fully addressed in the future;

 

  • the role that cascading critical infrastructure failures played in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and other disasters;

 

  • the implications of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami for the U.S.

 

  • ways of protecting critical infrastructure and providing for critical infrastructure continuity and the need to incorporate a comprehensive focus

on prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, and continuity  of operations;

 

  • the importance of taking steps to help ensure the reliability, resilience, stability, and continuity of critical infrastructure; and

 

  • the need to include an emphasis on the development of disaster resistant or resilient communities and regions that includes a concern for disaster resistant and resilient infrastructure within those communities and regions and within the nation as a whole.

 

The course is taught in asynchronous time utilizing a wide assortment of reports, articles, videos, and other instructional material all accessible without cost online.

Information about the Emergency Management Certificate Program and about registration can be found by visiting the CGS website at www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs, or by calling the Center at (334) 844-4782(334) 844-4782. The program application form is available at http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs/documents/EM%20-%20Program%20Application%202009.pdf

 

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Auburn University Center for Governmental Services

The Emergency Management Certificate Program

CPEM-C-01:

Planning and Preparedness for Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Post-9/11 and Post-Katrina

  

Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

Instructor

June 10 – July 6, 2014

  

This course is designed to help those currently in roles of public responsibility develop a deeper understanding of how to address some newly emerging challenges in homeland security and emergency management, challenges that have been unfolding since 2001.  The course will be of particular interest to those already in practitioner or policy making roles, while also being of interest to those interested in preparing for such roles.  Those developing and teaching homeland security and emergency management courses are also likely to find the course of value.

The course will focus on a wide array of issues and concerns involving practical aspects of planning and preparedness for homeland security and emergency management in a post-9/11, post-Katrina world.  The topics that will be addressed in this course include the following: 

  • Lessons learned and to be learned from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina as well other more recent disasters, including the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and Hurricane Sandy;
  • An all-hazards approach to homeland security and emergency management designed to address an increasing array of threats and challenges;

 

  • Real world examples of the cultural divide that can exist between those in the fields of homeland security and emergency management and examples of public sector efforts that have bridged such a divide and integrated a focus on public safety with a concern for homeland and national security;

 

  • Approaches to nurturing a culture of preparedness that includes an emphasis on awareness and mitigation, along with the development of requisite skills and capabilities, including proactive contingency planning skills;

 

  • Approaches to planning and preparedness that help minimize impacts and help ensure community and societal resilience; and

 

  • Exemplary efforts aimed at developing disaster resistant communities and regions, and the role that public/private partnerships have played and can play in achieving such goals.

 

The course is taught in asynchronous time utilizing a wide assortment of reports, articles, videos, and other instructional material all accessible without cost online.

 Information about the Emergency Management Certificate Program and about registration can be found by

visiting the CGS website at www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs, or by calling the Center at (334) 844-4782(334) 844-4782. The program application form is available at http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs/documents/EM%20-%20Program%20Application%202009.pdf

 

 

 

Auburn University

Center for Governmental Services

 The Emergency Management Certificate Program

CPEM-C-03:

 Unmet Needs and Challenges:  Some Key Challenges Facing

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Post 9/11 and Post Katrina

 

Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

Instructor

October 6 – November 2, 2014

Course Description:  This course is one of a series of online courses offered through Auburn University's Center for Governmental Services as a part of the Center’s Emergency Management Certificate Program. 

The course is designed to help those currently in roles of public responsibility develop an understanding of some of the unmet needs and challenges in homeland security and emergency management.  This includes unmet needs and challenges that have been impacting the fields since September 11, 2001 and since Hurricane Katrina, along with other newer challenges, including the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and Hurricane Sandy.   While the course will be of particular interest to those already in practitioner or policy making roles, it will also be of interest to those preparing for such roles.  Those developing and teaching homeland security and emergency management courses will also find the course of value.

Those in the course will be introduced to a 50,000 foot level look at the fields of homeland security and emergency management.  An objective of the course is to stimulate critical and creative thinking concerning some problems and challenges that are affecting the nation’s approach to homeland security and emergency management. The course focuses on an array of perspectives, concerns, and issues that have fallen through the cracks or that have not been well understood and addressed in the two fields.

The unmet needs and challenges that will be addressed in this course include the following: 

 

  • Developing a broad basis for understanding the nature and scope of the terrorist threat and the potential impacts that terrorist actions can have locally, regionally, and nationally, as well as internationally;

 

  • Examination of key assumptions that can be found in recent National Security Strategy documents and in statements by Administration officials and others and understanding the differences between a pre-9/11 and a post 9/11 perspective and why such understanding is needed on the part of practitioners and policymakers;

 

  • Understanding the complementary nature of emergency management and homeland security, the need for an integration of a concern for public safety with a concern for homeland and national security, and the need for an all-hazards approach to emergency management and homeland security;

 

  • Considering a conceptual way of looking at emergencies and catastrophes that can help highlight the different approaches that are needed to plan and prepare for as well as respond to emergencies of differing levels of severity through and including worst case disasters;

 

  • Considering a way of assessing the impacts of disasters and catastrophic events that can help provide a common frame of reference for practitioners and policymakers and that includes a recognition of the relevance of the economic impacts and the overall health of the economy to homeland security and national security;

 

  • Examining some current developments concerning critical infrastructure protection, resilience, and continuity and cybersecurity challenges, while also raising key questions concerning the way in which the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill has been addressed;

 

 

  • Considering the implications of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami for the U.S.;

 

 

  • Looking at ways of developing approaches that are needed to bridge the culture gaps and address the differences in organizational and professional cultures that are affecting the nation’s approach to homeland security and emergency; and

 

  • Understanding the importance of vision and a common sense of mission and purpose and the importance of developing leadership, communication, and problem solving skills that are rooted in a common sense of mission and purpose.

 

The course is taught in asynchronous time utilizing a wide assortment of reports, articles, videos, and other instructional material all accessible without cost online.

 

Information about the Emergency Management Certificate Program and about registration can be found by visiting the CGS website at

www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs, or by calling the Center at (334) 844-4782(334) 844-4782. The program application form is available at http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs/documents/EM%20-%20Program%20Application%202009.pdf

    


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COURSE ENDORSEMENTS:

Participants in the courses come from widely varying backgrounds.  They have included Federal officials, Fire Chiefs of metropolitan areas, Emergency Management Directors, and other individuals in roles of public responsibility for emergency management, homeland security, and public safety. 

The following endorsements are from participants in courses in the

Emergency Management Certificate Program taught by Dr. Gordon:

 

From a Federal official with responsibilities for emergency management and emergency planning:

I think this is a great course….. 

I would recommend for anyone involved in the emergency management field or involved with emergency planning.

 I would definitely want my staff to take this course….

 

From an official of a large university with responsibilities for campus-wide Public Safety Information & Education:

 

 

This course has really helped me realize the impact on planning and preparedness of the differences in catastrophic and non-catastrophic events, and has helped me feel more equipped to address the planning challenges related to catastrophic events.  In the past, I have focused mainly on technical and operational issues, but I can now see the importance of the broader perspective… It has also really emphasized to me the importance of understanding complex problems and the value of generalists, who can lead multi-disciplinary teams of experts in finding solutions to these complex problems that we face in emergency management today.

 

 

From a Retired Military Officer currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management:

 

This course has shown me that there is so much information available if you simply look or ask for it. One of the main things I took away from this course is that flexibility is absolutely essential. There are so many variables that it is impossible to plan for every single situation. Even disasters that are classified the same, such as earthquakes, are very different as pointed out by Timothy Manning from a geologist perspective. I think if you understand that there is no “one size fits all” accompanied with a solid foundation of knowledge, flexibility will provide the necessary ingredient to be successful. Secondly, mitigation and preparedness are extremely critical when it comes to disasters/threats. Proper preparedness and mitigation starts with each individual and if everybody does their part, the end-result will be very different from those communities that lack mitigation practices and a preparedness plan.

 

 

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NEW:   “A Matrix Approach to Comparing and Contrasting Some Differing Perspectives on Emergency Management and Homeland Security in a Post 9/11 World”  Presentation by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D. at Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, June 9, 2011.

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NEW:  “Some Innovative Elements of Several Courses That Integrate Emergency Management and Homeland Security Concerns” Presentation by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D. at Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, June 9, 2011.

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      “Common Sense, Law, and Public Administration:   
        A Review of Philip K. Howard’s Book The Death of Common Sense ~ How Law is Suffocating America and a Discussion of Related Developments, Themes,    and Issues in American Public Administration”

 

                                                                                

by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

November 29, 2011

Note:  This review was largely written when the book was first published.  A new summary statement has been added at the end of the article.  The book was reprised with a new Afterword on May 3, 2011. 

 

Howard , Philip K., The Death of Common Sense ~ How Law is Suffocating America (New York: Random House, 1995 and trade paperback 2011)

  

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MARCH - APRIL 2010 OP-ED

 

Health Care Reform:

On the Brink of a Possible Unprecedented Societal, Legal, and Constitutional Crisis

 

By Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

 

Posted at 

http://GordonPublicAdministration.com

 

March 20, 2010

 

Those promoting the health care reform legislation apparently moving toward votes in the next few days, seem to be unaware of the nation’s current shortage of health care professionals.  They also seem to be unaware of how the current shortage of health care professionals might become even greater if proposed reforms became law.  The results of the most recently published survey doctors concerning the legislation and their intentions if the legislation were to pass can be found in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The results include the following:

 

·    62.7% of physicians feel that health reform is needed but should be implemented in a more targeted, gradual way, as opposed to the sweeping overhaul that is in legislation.


·    46.3% of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of health reform will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine.

 

·    72% of physicians feel that a public option would have a negative impact on physician supply, with 45% feeling it will “decline or worsen dramatically” and 27% predicting it will “decline or worsen somewhat.
From “Physician Survey: Health Reforms Potential Impact on Physician Supply and Quality of Medical Care” ,Mar. – Apr. 2010 .  See. http://www.nejmjobs.org/rpt/physician-survey-health-reform-impact.aspx

 

 

While such results should be uppermost in the minds of the Administration, Congressional proponents, and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and anyone involved in health care policy analysis, the results seem to have been summarily overlooked by all the proponents of the legislation and the presumably non partisan CBO.

 

If any of those overlooking these findings were to take a course in Public Policy 101, I suspect that many a professor would  seriously question their skills for analyzing policy, let alone making or implementing it.

 

Why is this?  In order to develop sound policy, one must begin with an awareness and understanding of the nature and scope of the problem or issue area that one is addressing.   In the case of health care reform, one ideally should begin with an understanding of the key factors affecting the delivery and quality of health care services.  One most obvious factor has to be the current shortage of health care professionals.  The NEJM survey results just published show that the current shortage is apt to increase if the current health care reform legislation before Congress passes.  This should be a wake-up call to all those promoting the current legislation that have been put forth by the majority party and the Administration.   The Congressional Budget Office also failed to adequately consider the NEJM’s survey results even though the survey results were brought to CBO's attention.

 

Here you have an instance of legislators, public policy analysts, and public policy makers and would be implementers who have failed to take into consideration key factors that will affect the feasibility of the implementation of the proposed legislation.  What an unbelievable oversight! An oversight with potential cataclysmic impacts regarding the delivery and quality of health care were the legislation to be enacted into law!

 

Many doctors are coming forward to underscore the results of the NEJM survey, including in fact Mr. Obama’s own second cousin, Dr. Milton Wolf. Dr. Wolf’s recent op-ed piece in the Washington Times garnered much attention:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/11/obama-family-health-care-fracas/ .  He also spoke out at the rally at the Capitol on Saturday, March 20.

 

There are so many problematic aspects of the legislation currently being promoted by the Administration and the majority party in the Congress that it is a challenge to prioritize the most important factors.   For some reason the threats of law suits and Constitutional challenges do not seem to be taken seriously by the proponents:  states’ rights being one basis for legal battles and the effect of unfunded mandates on already cash-strapped states another. Yet another basis for law suits are Constitutional challenges involving the relevance or absence of relevance of the Interstate Commerce clause of the Constitution to the legislation and the question of whether or not the Federal government can Constitutionally force every citizen to purchase products or services under penalty of law.  What an unprecedented legal quagmire will result if multiple States and organizations, such as Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation,  take legal steps to contest the legislation were it to be enacted into law!  What a legal crisis would surely evolve if and as States continue to enact laws to keep the legislation from being implemented in their states. For background on actions that Virginia among others stands ready to take, see http://www.whsv.com/news/headlines/88704357.html?ref=357

 

The approach taken in the health care reform legislation currently being considered would have numerous other near term and long term effects and unintended consequences that seem to be overlooked by those advocating the current form of the reform legislation,  and by those at the CBO charged with fully analyzing the legislation’s likely costs.   

 

Here are some for instances, above and beyond the impact on the shortage of health care professionals:

 

·  Caterpillar has stepped forward and pointed out the increased costs that they will have were the bills to pass.  http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/03/caterpillar-opposes-health-care-bill-aarp-and-ama-support-it.html and http://www.smallgovtimes.com/2010/03/caterpillar-health-care-bill-would-cost-it-100m/  .  In an already fragile economy, the last thing that is needed is legislation that would further undermine the fiscal stability of business and industry, put more people out of work, and further weaken the nation’s economy.

 

·         The legislation would also have the potential effect of decimating the health care insurance industry.  Through increasing regulation is ways that make it impossible for the industry to maintain any profit margin, the Federal government can in effect regulate the industry out of existence. This in turn could well lead to an eventual complete government takeover of health care delivery and a single payer option.

 

·   The fact that the IRS will become “enforcers” of health care reform legislation can be expected to be appalling to a vast majority of citizens, but that word has not become widespread as yet.  In addition to the legislation, see Michele Bachmann’s statements on this subject at http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/blog/id.4791/blog_detail.asp .

 

The proponents of the legislation have been “hitting us” with every argument they have, while either willfully or wantonly overlooking the factors mentioned here that should have made the legislation dead in the water from the outset.  Where was the Congressional Budget Office on this?  Are there no lawmakers advocating this legislation who understand the Constitution, let alone how one goes about making sound public policy that takes into consideration current realities?  Why and how did so many miss the fact that there currently a shortage of health care professionals to provide health care?   Why are they apparently deaf to the survey results that show that the number of health care providers is apt to dwindle even further if the legislation passes?

 

As if all that were not enough, the bill itself is incomprehensible. The latest versions reference other documents that are themselves critically lacking.  What a debacle for the nation if an indecipherable bill ends up being enacted into law, especially when that law is destined to impact one-sixth of the nation’s economy!

 

A majority of Americans are currently satisfied with their health care.  Health care has not been and is not currently a priority in the minds of the majority of Americans.   A majority of Americans have a negative view of the legislation that is about to be voted on.    Why not undertake simple, low cost or free, incremental, positive improvements, emphasizing free market-driven improvements; and not risk destroying health care as we know it in this country and not risk further undermining the economic stability of the nation?   Why risk throwing the country into yet another crisis on top of other crises that should be requiring our undivided attention?

 

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Dr. Paula D. Gordon is a consultant, researcher, analyst, writer, speaker, and educator.  She has also served in a variety of capacities in the Federal government, including staff officer, policy analyst, and special projects director.  She has an extensive background in several domestic policy arenas including drug abuse prevention and homeland security.  Her websites at http://GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com and http://GordonHomeland.com include her articles, reports, publications, and presentations on drug abuse prevention and homeland security respectively.   Her doctoral dissertation, Public Administration in the Public Interest (posted at http://www.jhu.edu/pgordon) focuses on complex societal problem solving and governmental change.  She is based in Washington, D.C.  E-mail: pgordon@starpower.net .

 

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JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2010 OP-ED
 

Health Care Reform: A Modest (Hippocratic) Proposal

By Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

January 21, 2010

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(An earlier version was posted at http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.5126/pub_detail.asp .)

 

Authors of the health care reform bills before Congress seem to be unaware of the nation’s current shortage of health care professionals.  They also seem to be unaware of how the current shortage might become even greater if proposed reforms became law.  49% of recently polled physicians indicated that they would leave medicine or retire.

 

The bills’ authors not only fail to consider such personnel shortages, they seem oblivious to the impacts that their reforms would likely have on an already fragile economy, on businesses, unemployment, and individual and family solvency.  They overlook impacts on the availability, delivery, and quality of care, particularly senior care.  They fail to acknowledge the inevitable rationing of health care and the consequences of micromanaging health care providers.

 

Why not consider instead a far less risky and far less costly set of reforms?   This could include the following:

 

~  Minimize fraud and abuse in existing programs (requiring no new legislation).

 

~  Encourage States and the legal profession to enact law suit reform.

 

~  Create incentives and programs to increase the number of health care professionals.

 

~  Promote the spread of low cost community-based clinics to provide primary health care to uninsured citizens.  (Models already exist.)

~  Promote the spread of low cost community-based clinics that can provide primary health care to those presently not covered by insurance.  (Models clinics already exist.)

 

~  Encourage state-based incentives for insurance companies to make available catastrophic coverage for low income as well as high risk applicants and individuals with pre-existing conditions. (Examples exist.)

 

~  Identify and promote successful private sector approaches such those developed by Safeway and Whole Foods.

 

The bills’ authors advocate a different approach, one that involves extensive government intrusion, intrusion that many argue has no Constitutional justification.  They seem deaf to the concerns of health care professionals and the public, especially seniors.  Perhaps, even more problematic is the fact that even lawmakers admit that they find the current bills incomprehensible.  What a quagmire for all concerned if an indecipherable bill ends up being enacted into law, especially when that law is destined to impact one-sixth of the nation’s economy!

 

Congress has a choice:  Pass the proposed legislation and risk repeal by those voted into office in 2010 or begin anew with some realistic, low cost, clearly stated initiatives that can be agreed to by a bipartisan majority, initiatives that have no taint of illegal or unethical chicanery, initiatives that are Constitutionally sound, initiatives that have a chance of improving the system, initiatives that will not place the economy in further jeopardy, and initiatives that will not threaten to decimate both the insurance industry and the practice of medicine in this country that would generate ripple effects that would be felt throughout the world.  A majority of Americans are currently satisfied with their health care.    Why not undertake simple, low cost or free, incremental, positive improvements, including free market-driven improvements; and, in keeping with the Hippocratic Oath:  “abstain from whatever is deleterious.” 

 

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Paula Gordon is a writer, analyst, educator, and consultant.  She may be reached at pgordon@starpower.net .

 

Important Note:  For the results of a recent survey of physicians concerning their views on current health care reform proposals and the devastating impact passage of these proposals on physician supply, see  “Physician Survey: Health Reforms Potential Impact on Physician Supply and Quality of Medical Care”, March - April 2010 at http://www.nejmjobs.org/rpt/physician-survey-health-reform-impact.aspx .

 


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Selected Articles, Presentations, Reports and Other Work by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

 

 

o  Dissertation: Public Administration in the Public Interest: A Prescriptive Analysis of a Democratic Humanist Paradigm of Public Administration   (with retrospective comments)   

 

o “Public Administration in the Public Interest: Thoughts About Public Administration Post September 11, 2001” http://gordonhomeland.com or  http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/public_administration_in_the_pub.html

 

o “Improving Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection and Continuity Efforts”  (A Six Part Report)  http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/hscipreport.pdf  or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .


o “The Different Nature of Terrorism and Terrorist Threats Post 9/11 and the Implications of These Differences”  (A Subsection of “Improving Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection and Continuity Efforts” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/thedifferentnatureofterrorism.htm or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .


o “The Homeland Security Impact Scale:  An Alternative Approach to Assessing Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection Efforts and a Frame of Reference for Understanding and Addressing Current Challenges”  Part 6 of Improving Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection and Continuity Efforts  http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/thehomelandsecurityimpactscale.htm or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .


o “Strategic Planning and Y2K Technology Challenges: Lessons and Legacies for Homeland Security” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/homeland_strat.html or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .


o  “Using E-Technology to Advance Homeland Security Efforts” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/etechnology.html or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .


o "List of Selected Homeland Security and Emergency Management References and Resources"    A 119 page List of Homeland Security and Emergency Management References and Resources is accessible in the Files Section of this website.  Updates as of July 27, 2011 include the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and the Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Reactor Disasters.  The List is posted in two parts.   Click on the links below or at in the Files Section at the end of this Home Page. 


Part 1 of List of Homeland Security & Emergency Management References and Resources , Updated July 27, 2011

Part 2 of List of Homeland Security & Emergency Management References and Resources, Updated July 27, 2011

 

o “Improving Homeland Security - Continuing Challenges and Opportunities.” Presentation to EIIP Virtual Forum, 3/24/2004   http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/eiipdhs.htm or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .

 

o “Recognizing and Addressing Problems of Scientific and Technological Complexity” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/problems_scientific.html or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .


o “Knowledge Transfer: Improving the Process”   http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/knowledge_transfer.html or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .

 

o “Changing Organizational Culture: Unleashing Creative Energy” (poster presentation) http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/change_culture.pdf or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .


o “The Ethics Map: A Map of the Range of Concerns Encompassed by 'Ethics and the Public Service'”  http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/ethicsmap.pdf or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .

 

o "The Ethics Map: An Interview with Paula Gordon," by James Heichelbech. Published in Ethics Today,  Volume 7, Number 2, Winter 2004.  Also posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/EthicsMapInterview.html and http://gordonhomeland.com.)

 

o "The Ethics Map ~ A Values-Based Approach to Defining Ethics and Integrity in the Public Service" Based on a Paper Prepared for the Normative Foundations Group Transatlantic Workshop on Ethics and Integrity, March 21 - 23, 2007, Adelphi, Maryland.  (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com )

 

o “The 9/11 Commission as an Incident Debriefing”                 (5/18/2004 ) http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/911debriefing.pdf or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com

 

o "Infrastructure Threats and Challenges: Before and After September 11, 2001".  PA TIMES, Vol. 24, Issue 12, December 2001. Reprinted as a commentary in the Journal of Homeland Security, April 16, 2002.  Also posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/homeland_infra.html or see link at  http://gordonhomeland.com .

 

o "International Relations and National Agendas After September 11, 2001".  PA TIMES, Vol. 25, Issue 2, February 2002.  Also posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/homeland_relat.html/ or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com .

 

o "Transforming and Leading Organizations," posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/transforming_orgs.pdf  or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com .  Also published in Government Transformation,  Winter 2004-05 issue).

 

o "A Common Goal for Contingency Planning and Management, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security: Building a Disaster Resilient Nation," article posted February 28, 2005 at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/CommonGoal.html or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com . (This article incorporates ideas presented in "The Convergence of Contingency Planning, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security," Global Assurance, July 2004.)

 

o  "Capabilities and Skills Needed by Those in New Roles of Responsibility for Homeland Security at the State and Local Levels of Government."   Posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/CapabilitiesAndSkillsNeeded.html or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com . Also published in the PA TIMES, Vol. 28, Issue 3, March 2005 (a publication of the American Society for Public Administration). 

 

o "Thoughts about Katrina: Responses to Two Questions about Hurricane Katrina and America's Resilience" December 1, 2005  (The Forum on Building America's Resilience to Hazards, held December 19-21, 2005, was sponsored by The American Meteorological Society in collaboration with The Space Enterprise Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  All invited attendees were asked to submit responses to any or all of four questions prior to the Forum. These are the author's responses to two of the questions.)http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/katrina.html or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com .

 

o " Comparative Scenario and Options Analysis:  Important Tools for Agents of Change Post 9/11 and Post Hurricane Katrina," Homeland Security Review, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2006.  Also posted at http://gordonhomeland.com or http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/optionsAnalysis.html.

 

o "Recommendations for Presidential Candidates for Improving the Nation's Homeland Security Efforts, " an interview for the public radio program "Homeland Security: Inside & Out" aired April 29, 2008.  (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com.)

 

o "Integrating Homeland Security into Emergency Management Courses: Some Grounding Concepts and Some Suggested Materials and Approaches," FEMA Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, June 5, 2008. (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com.)

 

o “Key Challenges for the Future of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Education,” PA TIMES, Vol. 31, Issue 8, August 2008. (The PA TIMES is a publication of the American Society for Public Administration.) (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com.)

 

o “Pre- and Post-9/11 Perspectives:  Understanding and Teaching about Differences in Perspectives Affecting Governance and Public Administration Post-9/11” (Ethics Today, Volume 11 Number 1 and  2, Spring and Summer 2009)   (Posted at  http://gordonhomeland.com .)


o "Pre- and Post-9/11 Perspectives:  Understanding and Teaching about Differences in These Perspectives,"  Presentation,  4th Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit, Washington, DC,  February 24 -25, 2010.   See the link in the Files Section at the end of this Home Page or click on 

2010-10-23 Dr. Paula D. Gordon Pre- and Post- 9-11 Perspectives Presentation.doc

o “The Harm Caused to Individuals and Society by the Use of Marijuana”  http://GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com    (For additional  articles and reports by the author on drug abuse prevention, see http://GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com.)

 

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WEBSITES

 

The following is a list of  descriptions of some of the websites that have been created by Paula D. Gordon:

 

1)   Domain name: Gordon Homeland.com

 

http://gordonhomeland.com

 

GordonHomeland.com is a homeland security website featuring reports, publications, articles, presentations, references and resources, and other material relating to homeland security and emergency management.  Articles and presentations concerning management, public service ethics, and knowledge transfer are also included in the website.

The website is intended to serve as a resource for policymakers and implementers, analysts, administrators, and managers. It is also intended to serve as a resource for educators, researchers, students, the media, and the general public.

 

 

2) Domain name: GordonPublicAdministration.com now merged with GordonPost9-11.com

 

http://GordonPublicAdministration.com


The articles and op-ed pieces focus on topics of potential interest to individuals in the field of public administration and public policy.   Additional articles, reports, and presentations on the general topics of homeland security and emergency management and related topics are also  posted here and at http://gordonhomeland.com.

 

 

3)  Domain name: GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com

 

http://GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com            


This group website features postings of articles and manuscripts by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D. on the subject of drug abuse prevention and related concerns. These articles and manuscripts are being posted here for the interest and information of all concerned with the problem of drug use and abuse.

 


4) Domain name: GordonCancerTheory.com


http://GordonCancerTheory.com  

 

This website has been created for the possible interest of the cancer research community and others with an interest in the theory of carcinogenesis and anti-carcinogenesis.  It has been created in the hope that those in the cancer research community may consider far broader perspectives that may lead to progress in understanding the carcinogenic process. The highlighted presentation is entitled “Synthesis of a New Theoretical Perspective on Carcinogenesis and Anticarcinogenesis”.

 

 

5) Wishes for the Family of Humankind  

 http://GordonHumankind.com

 

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Dr. Paula D. Gordon is an educator, consultant, analyst, and writer.  She has also served in a variety of capacities in the Federal government, including staff officer, policy analyst, and special projects director for a wide range of Federal agencies and Departments.  She has an extensive background in several domestic policy arenas including homeland security, emergency management, health policy, and drug abuse prevention.  For a bio, see http://gordonhomeland.com . E-mail: pgordon@starpower.net .


 

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FILES

 

 

o "List of Selected Homeland Security and Emergency Management References and Resources"   An Updated Version of the Extensive 119 page List of Homeland Security and Emergency Management References and Resources is accessible here.  Updates as of July 27, 2011 include the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and the 2011 Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Reactor Disasters.  The List is posted in two parts:  

Part 1 of List of Homeland Security & Emergency Management References and Resources, Updated July 27, 2011

Part 2 of List of Homeland Security & Emergency Management References and Resources, Updated July 27, 2011

 

 


o "Pre- and Post-9/11 Perspectives:  Understanding and Teaching about Differences in These Perspectives,"  Presentation,  4th Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit, Washington, DC,  February 24 -25, 2010:  

2010-10-23 Dr. Paula D. Gordon Pre- and Post- 9-11 Perspectives Presentation.doc

 


o "Common Sense, Law, and Public Administration: A Review of Philip K. Howard’s Book  The Death of Common Sense ~ How Law is Suffocating America and a Discussion of Related Developments, Themes, and Issues in American Public Administration”:

2010-10-04 Paula D Gordon Review of The Death of Common Sense by Philip K Howard (4).doc

 

o "A Matrix Approach to Comparing and Contrasting Some Differing Perspectives on the Federal Government's Role in Hurricane Katrina and in Potential Catastrophic Events in the Future," abridged August 5, 2010 from a June 13, 2007 presentation for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Executive Master of Science Program in Crisis and Emergency Management: 

2010-08-05 Paula D Gordon A Matrix Approach to Comparing Differing Perspectives.doc
 

o "Integrating Homeland Security into Emergency Management Courses: Some Grounding Concepts and Some Suggested Materials and Approaches," FEMA Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, June 5, 2008

2009-07-12 integrating homeland security into emergency management courses.ppt

 o "Some Conceptual Tools for Understanding and Addressing Catastrophic Challenges as Well as Other Lesser Emergencies":

2009-06-15 Paula D. Gordon article on Some Conceptual Tools for Understanding....Emergencies.docx

 

o “Pre- and Post-9/11 Perspectives:  Understanding and Teaching about Differences in Perspectives Affecting Governance and Public Administration Post-9/11” (Ethics Today, Volume 11 Number 1 and  2, Spring and Summer 2009): 

2009-04-29 Paula D. Gordon Pre- and Post- 9-11 Perspectives.doc

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