Panel: Promoting Effective, Efficient and Accountable Government: Lessons From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(Public & Non-Profit Management)

Saturday, November 10, 2012: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Hall of Fame (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Margaret Simms, Urban Institute
Moderators:  Richard F. Callahan, University of San Francisco
Chairs:  Margaret Simms, The Urban Institute

Not only did the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provide substantial increases in funding to states, localities and private non-profits as part of an effort to stimulate the economy during the Great Recession, it also provided incentives for states to institute new programs and procedures. The additional funding, however, also required greater accountability. This panel provides examples of how well states, localities and community-based organizations did in terms of spending relatively large amounts of funding in a short time frame, how they coped with the rapid ramp up and spend down, and the types of innovations they were able to undertake. Two papers examine the impact of funding on the workforce development system, one paper focuses on the Community Services Block Grant, and the fourth paper examines how states managed the administrative challenges caused by the high demand for unemployment compensation and efforts to “modernize” their Unemployment Insurance programs. The papers offer insights into the effectiveness of stimulus funding in terms of job creation, service delivery, and preparation of individuals for jobs in the post-recession period. They address the role of policy guidance in shaping the way grantees handled the rapid start-up of most programs and the challenges that states and other grantees faced in integrating these new funding streams into their ongoing operations. These experiences provide valuable lessons for a future in which government will be required to be more efficient, effective, and accountable.

Community Services Block Grants Under ARRA
Carol J. DeVita, Urban Institute and Margaret Simms, The Urban Institute

Responding to the Great Recession:How the Recovery Act Boosted Training and Innovation In Three States
Evelyn Ganzglass and Neil Ridley, Center for Law and Social Policy

The Experience of States with Recovery Act Workforce Funds
Burt Barnow1, Randall Eberts2, Joyce Kaiser3, Christopher King4, Tara Smith4, John Trutko3 and Stephen Wandner5, (1)George Washington University, (2)W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, (3)Capital Research Corporation, (4)University of Texas, Austin, (5)Urban Institute

State Administration of Unemployment Insurance Provisions In the Recovery Act
Wayne Vroman1, Yvette Chocolaad2 and Richard Hobbie2, (1)Urban Institute, (2)National Association of State Workforce Agencies

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