National Association of State Chief Administrators

For the fifth consecutive year, the Fels Institute of Government is partnering with the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) to lead NASCA's annual Institute on Management and Leadership. The Institute is a premier and engaging two-day executive education program led by Fels. The event invites private sector partners to sit alongside state chief administrators to discuss challenges and develop new tools for success in state government. This year's Institute will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from October 15 - 17. The theme for the event is "Leading and Managing during Periods of Transition." A schedule of programming for the Institute can be accessed here.

In addition to leading professional development sessions and facilitating discussion among private sector partners and state chief administrators, Fels Consulting is responsible for researching and writing a case study that will be disseminated to all state chief administrators.  The purpose of the case study is to provide valuable insights and actionable recommendations for current and prospective NASCA members. NASCA and Fels solicited proposals from states to be the subject of this year's case study. The NASCA Planning Committee chose Virginia from a very competitive pool of applicants. The case study will focus specifically on Virginia's Department of General Services and their role during the 2013 gubernatorial transition. A description of the case study is below.

Virginia Department of General Services Case Study
There are many moving parts that require coordination during a gubernatorial transition in order to ensure a smooth succession of executive power. The Virginia Department of General Services, headed by Director Richard Sliwoski, played a pivotal role during the most recent Virginia gubernatorial transition. Coordination between the outgoing administration and the incoming administration was complex and needed to be orchestrated precisely, collaboratively, and with expertise. In line with this year’s Institute theme of leading and managing during periods of transition, this case study will focus on the importance of, and complexities around, building a transition team, creating relationships, maintaining team engagement during a time of transition, and managing contracts and projects while transitioning administrations. With 36 gubernatorial races taking place this year, this case study will serve as a timely and relevant tool for state chief administrators across the country.

Partner Background:

Since 1976, the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) has provided state chief administrators – those public officials in charge of departments that provide support services to other state agencies – a forum to exchange information and learn new ideas from each other and private partners. As state government continues to reinvent itself as a result of the Great Recession, NASCA is growing to be a more valuable resource to public officials. NASCA, which is affiliated with the Council of State Governments, offers many benefits to members, including its annual Institute on Management and Leadership, webinars on a wide range of topics, and networking information for both the public and private sectors.

NASCA offers many benefits to members, including its annual Institute on Management and Leadership, webinars on a wide range of topics, and networking information for both the public and private sectors.

For more information about this project, please contact Kathryn McCarthy.