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Reinventing Government at the Federal Level: The Implementations and the Prospects

PAQ, Vol. 26 No. 1, (2002)

The National Performance Review (NPR) was the centerpiece of the Clinton administration. When it came out March 1993, responses to it were various (Gazell, 1997). Some saw it as a huge step to improve the federal government. Some regarded it as another fad and others praised it but saw too many obstacles for its successful implementation. This article focuses on the implementation of NPR from the following aspects: its historical roots, major themes, and its differences from the previous government reforms. Then the article discusses the achievements of NPR, its implementation issues, and some concerns for its long-term effect.

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