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Title: The U.S. Forest Service and its responsibilities under the national environmental policy act: a work design problem

Author: Auer, Matthew; Richards, Kenneth; Seesholtz, David N.; Fischer, Burnell; Freitag, Christian; Grice, Joshua.;

Date: 2011

Source: Public Organization Review. 11(2): 135-153

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: The U.S. Forest Service’s responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act entail a wide range of activities including scoping, scientific analysis, social and economic analysis, managing public input and involvement, media relations, regulatory analysis, and litigation. These myriad duties raise several important organizational and management questions. First, is the U.S. Forest Service capable of discharging these widely varying tasks with high levels of effectiveness and efficiency? To what extent should these activities be outsourced to private contractors or other providers? For those responsibilities retained in-house, what organizational structure best supports their effective and efficient execution? To address these questions, this article draws on concepts from new institutional economics and insights from the privatization and strategic organizational design literatures.

Keywords: EPA, Forest Service, responsibilities

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Auer, Matthew; Richards, Kenneth; Seesholtz, David N.; Fischer, Burnell; Freitag, Christian; Grice, Joshua. 2011. The U.S. Forest Service and its responsibilities under the national environmental policy act: a work design problem. Public Organization Review. 11(2): 135-153.

 


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