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Vice President Al Gore and Senator William V. Roth (R-Del.) will receive awards on March 27 from the Alliance for Redesigning Government and the National Academy of Public Administration. The Vice President is being honored for his leadership in establishing the National Performance Review; Senator Roth for his leadership in introducing and steering passage of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.
Free Reinvention Works Seminar
The awards dinner will follow an afternoon Reinvention Works Seminar at the Sheraton Washington Hotel in Washington, DC. The seminar will introduce The Public Innovator Learning Network, a World Wide Web database (http://www.clearlake.ibm.com/Alliance/) of promising practices, lessons learned, tools, and resources for innovators. It enhances and expands The Public Innovator, a twice-monthly news bulletin about public sector reinvention. Speakers for the afternoon include authors David Osborne, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and Philip K. Howard, as well as successful government innovators.
For More Information
For information on the free March 27 seminar, call the registration line at (202) 955-1368. Some seats are still available. For general information about the Alliance for Redesigning Government, call John Scully at (202) 383-7774.
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A federal-state partnership in administering social welfare programs in the State of Washington has increased training, job entry, parental child support collections and other performance indicators in just one year.
The partnership was created by Region X Administration for Children and Families in Seattle and Washington State Economic Services Administration in February 1995. The two agencies created a shared vision "to work together as partners to improve the economic independence and productivity of families" and established common goals. A team of eleven federal and thirteen state employees participated with the blessing of federal and state agency administrators.
The Partnership Is Getting Results
Here are two accomplishments of the collaborative approach to social service delivery:
- Participants in the Job opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) Unemployed Parent Program increased by 18.6 percent in 1995, and is now over 30,000. The number of job entries increased by 43 percent, from more than 7,500 to almost 11,000.
- The State increased child support collections by 10 percent and the number of paternities established went up by 32 percent over the previous year.
The team also set up a pilot project to provide special assistance to AFDC/JOBS clients with learning disabilities and other special needs and a pilot to expand community involvement in Head Start and Child Care. They also implemented an automated system to track child support enforcement and began a pilot project to implement an automated AFDC, Medicaid, and Food Stamp tracking system.
Workers Like the New Approach
Managers and workers in both agencies are pleased with the new working arrangement. "The partnership agreement has helped fuse relationships with the Washington State Economic Services Administration and our communication has changed to a more consultative role, " said Leonard Scott, ACF Cluster Manager for Self-Sufficiency.
"Since we have established Internet communication, we receive immediate information on current bills. This has helped us immensely in responding to the Washington State Legislature," said John Atherton, Chief, Office of Assistance Programs for the State. Federal-State collaboration has also resulted in improving services to clients with learning disabilities, he said.
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