This case is about a bureaucratic organization in flux. The government agency in charge of disaster management on the small island of St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean is suffering from external threats to its operations as a result of a loss of public confidence. The loss of public confidence is a reaction to the mismanagement of disaster response and relief efforts following a devastating hurricane. The Director (Ag), Ms. Ford, is unable, or unwilling, to rehabilitate the image of the agency in a way that satisfies the general population.
In a mid-sized U.S. county, children’s lives are lost and the local Office of Child Welfare finds its own information management practices to be implicated in the tragedy. Lucinda Angle, the county executive, is determined to improve the office’s information systems. She soon discovers that managing child welfare data also requires taking into account the data requirements and systems belonging to stakeholders at the state and federal levels as well. Angle and her senior staff issue a Request for Information (RFI) to seek ideas from software vendors on building a new system.
The five mini-cases on ethics in managerial decision-making are intended to portray real life managerial dilemmas in a way that will help students develop frameworks for addressing those dilemmas.
Transit Funding Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Key Decision Points and Leadership Challenges
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Sections 1602 and 1603: Providing Federal Support for Energy and Housing through Direct Cash Payments in Lieu of Tax Credits
The cash payment programs for renewable energy and low-income housing investments that the Department of Treasury (Treasury) enacted in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Recovery Act or ARRA) were a creative response to the economic downturn of 2008. They served as tools to help create a lifeline for two important industries in order to achieve the policy outcomes of sustaining and creating jobs, ensuring housing for low-income residents, and furthering the United States’ energy goals.
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Implementing a High Risk, High Priority, and High Visibility Program in a Decentralized Organization: A Case Study of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This report is offered as part of the Recovery Act Case Program and serves as a best example of the efforts of the large network of federal, state, local, non-profit, and private sector partners who contributed in the implementation of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.