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The EOP Foundation publications have been developed over twenty years and are updated as significant changes in the subject matter occur. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers several courses for which the publications are used as resource or teaching guides. Early editions of these textbooks can be delivered to you as examples of the objective manner in which complex issues are addressed.

Beyond the Foundation's research staff, information is gathered from multiple sources including academia, the private sector, and government experts in the subject matter areas addressed in the publications. The principle author is a former government executive consulting with other former government executives.

The Foundation's book series are all titled "Understanding." Click on "More Info" for a summary of each publication's content and discussion of issues.

 
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Understanding the Budget

Policies & Processes of the United States Government, 18th Edition

Understanding the Budget Policies & Processes of the United States Government, 18th Edition

This book presents usable and relevant information about the budget and the budget process while clearly explaining the facts about the Federal Budget without making judgments on the political issues. With this information the reader gains knowledge about the federal budget process inclusive of all of its phases: formulation, presentation, congressional decision-making, enactment, the apportionment of appropriated funds to departments and agencies, and finally, execution of the annual budget. Each edition of this book is updated and released on the heels of the transmittal of the President's annual budget proposal to Congress in February.

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Understanding the Interface Between Political and Career Executives in the United States Government

The primary purpose of this publication is to ensure that political and career senior executives know how to coordinate with one another to govern more efficiently and effectively on behalf of the American public. This includes providing the information and motivation for upwardly mobile career civil servants to utilize Senior Executive Service (SES) candidate development program slots to qualify for a career senior executive position. This includes discussion of the importance of stakeholders to both career and political executives within their respective power clusters.

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Understanding Effective Writing in the Federal Government, 3rd Edition

Understanding Effective Writing in the Federal Government is a reference guide and style manual for Government officials. It conveys accepted formats, style considerations, substantive information, and other writing techniques that are unique to the Federal Government. The first two editions of this book have been used extensively by federal departments and agencies as a training tool in Government writing courses.

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Understanding the Ethics Policy of the U.S. Government, 3rd Edition

This volume is a guide to understanding and implementing the philosophy, context, and substance of more than a hundred U.S. statutes and regulations governing ethical behavior for the private and public sectors. Our intent is to clarify the government’s ethics rules and standards.

Understanding Transition in the Federal Government

While there is a body of literature that targets the post-electoral environment, this publication focuses on the entire electoral or appointive scenario. This publication discusses the transition from private citizen to elected- or appointed-official and the return to private life. The importance of our transition philosophy, metrics, and their impact on this country’s electoral environment is articulated throughout the book.

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Understanding the Regulatory Policies and Processes of the United States Government, 2nd Edition

Whether regulations prohibit actions, demand action, or standardize goods and practices, the quality of regulations affect everyone. The U.S. Government uses regulation to administer legislation through various agencies as an exercise of its constitutionally-based police power. The intent of this publication is to illuminate how the regulatory process is navigated and serve as a source for practitioners.

Understanding the Diversity Policy of the United States Government, 1st Edition

This text If we are to understand diversity, we must challenge our existing definitions and assumptions. From the standpoint of policy making and governance, we have to establish a uniform conceptual baseline for diversity before we can possibly implement consistent, appropriate policies and practices, and achieve a truly diverse civilian labor force, in the Federal Government.

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Understanding Effective Advocacy to the Government

This publication presents a principled, positive, and experienced discourse focused on how those responsible to the American public should work with the nation’s professional advocacy community and vice versa. The insights discussed herein provide government decision-makers and other issue stakeholders with effective methods and techniques to evaluate information that are developed and relied on by non-government sponsored advocacy campaigns as well as the government’s interagency decision-making processes.

Understanding Leadership in the United States

Strong leadership is integral to good governance and provision of quality services to the American public. This publication outlines our leadership metrics, criteria, and methods associated with improving leadership styles. They are relevant whether the leadership styles are natural or emergent. The application of our leadership metrics matrix enhances leadership training and performance. Further, when leadership methods and theory are interpreted in conjunction with our metrics, leadership becomes more dynamic and transformational. This ensures that leaders who apply our metrics help the United States to remain the strongest and most competitive economy in the world.