Joseph Linhart – Rethinking the Federal Family

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Personal Information: Joseph Linhart, Presidential Management Fellow, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Title: Rethinking the Federal Family


Currently individual communities, counties, tribes, and states are forced to work with each Federal agency separately in an effort to receive services or technical assistance. This is largely due to the fact that most Federal agencies do not collaborate with each other nor are they organized to do so. Each agency has its own agenda and priorities, and aligns its regions accordingly. As a result, Federal efforts often seem disjointed and piecemeal. However, if recent events like Hurricane Katrina or the Great Recession has shown, government aid and partnership is most effective only when Federal agencies mutual join together in a concerted effort. In order to sustain that type of success though, reorganization is necessary. By standardizing the region designations within each Federal agency, it may be possible to actually deliver the type of comprehensive, coordinated care that all communities, counties, tribes, and states deserve. Similar footprints would allow for region directors to essentially form a one stop consortium where not only a particular town or state could appeal to for assistance but also the Federal Family could in turn respond with one voice. Encouraging both horizontal and vertical alignment wouldn’t just make the Federal Government more dynamic, it will also make it more relevant and ready to tackle the type of complex, multi-faceted problems that are endemic in this era of uncertainty.

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Check out the other finalists stories:

Andre J. Castillo – “The Making of a Government Ninja: The Story of How a 25-year-old new Federal Employee Created His Own Empire and Became ‘Famous’.
Michael Gale – “Nature 3.0 – Using Technology to Connect People with Nature
Michael C. Lawyer & Anthony Soriano – “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bureaucracy
Joseph Linhart – “Rethinking the Federal Family
Kerry O’Connor – “Lessons from an Unconventional Career – Follow Your Curiousity, Transform Your Skills and Become a 21st Century Government Innovator
Emily Sadigh – “Put the “Action” in Your Action Plan
Sabrina Segal – “I’m the Superhero of Information Sharing
Teresa Shea – “A Journey Into Blindness: The Blind Professional
Leonard Sipes – “Accomplishing Public Relations Goals Through Podcasting and Social Media: Demystifying the Process
Tiffany Smith – “GovWhispering: How to Be an Effective Enterpreneur in a Bureaucratic Environment
Mark Sullivan – “Working Together for Our Veterans
Allison Wolff – “Failure is an Option

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