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B.S. Chemical Engineering, MIT 1979
Ph.D. Economics, George Mason University 2009
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Control and Coordination in Federal Administration

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 11:53am 5 Comments

Since joining govloop just last month, I have joined several exchanges on topics related to my doctoral dissertation in Economics (title same as this post), which I successfully defended last Friday at George Mason University. Since I mentioned the connection, several members have expressed interest in reading it (at least in part), so I've attached it… Continue

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At 9:24pm on October 14, 2011, Bill Brantley said…

Hello Steve:

Thank you for commenting on the complexity post. I would love to discuss your dissertation sometime.

Bill Brantley

At 1:20pm on March 12, 2009, Misti Burmeister said…
Thank you, Steve! I'm eager to learn how we can be of support to each other.
At 10:13am on March 5, 2009, Andre Goodfriend said…
Steve, Thanks for joining the discussion. I'd also be interested in reading your dissertation. Having joined this group, I'm culling through my materials now from when I was looking a few years ago at our internal decision making process. It's facinating to see the manner in which the changes are taking place.
At 4:45pm on March 4, 2009, Don Jacobson said…
Your dissertation sounds great. I'd love to read it!
At 4:15pm on March 4, 2009, Don Jacobson said…
Steve - Nice to meet you (GovLoop style)! What's the subject of the paper/project you are working on?

Best,
Don
At 8:24pm on February 12, 2009, Michael O. Johnston said…
Welcome Steve,

Please introduce yourself, read our top 10 tips, check out our top groups, invite your colleagues, and let me know if you have any ideas on making GovLoop even better.

Thank You,

Michael O. Johnston
Govloop Community Leader
 
 
 

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