Applications accepted for productivity awards
Applications are being accepted for the Exemplary State and Local Awards Program, a nationwide effort to recognize public initiatives that improve the quality of government services and operations. The awards program, established by the National Center for Public Productivity (NCPP) in 1989, focuses on innovative projects and programs that have enhanced government services and productivity. Significant cost savings and improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of government services also are recognized.
Public agencies, as well as community-based organizations that receive at least 50 percent of their budgets from public sources, are eligible to apply. Nominations are encouraged in all areas of state and local government, as well as in school districts, regional authorities, community-based organizations, non-profit agencies and public-private partnerships.
Recent award recipients have included a teen pregnancy prevention program, a fleet management productivity improvement program and a prison Braille project. Brief descriptions of previous award winners appear on the NCPP web site at: http://newark.rutgers.edu:80/~ncpp/exsl.html.
Applications must be submitted by Sept. 15. Nominated programs must have been in operation for at least one year prior to the application deadline and may be self-nominated or designated by an agency’s chief administrative or elected official. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
The program is sponsored by NCPP, a unit of the Center Graduate Department of Public Administration, Rutgers University’s Newark campus; the Section on Management Science and Policy Analysis of the American Society for Public Administration and Login, the Local Government Information Network.