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for Popular Government Vol. 70 Issue 1, Fall 2004
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President George Bush announced his administration's faith-based social services initiative on January 29, 2001. Since then the administration's moves on this initiative have included establishing offices of faith-based and community initiatives in the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and initiating new federally funded faith-based programs to serve prisoners, drug addicts, and others. Objections offered by program opponents include the claim that the President's program breaches the constitutional wall separating church and state. Saxon addresses the four questions listed in the title.
Greene County, with a rural population under 20,000, has entered the technological age. A four-year project (2003-2007) proposed by the county school superintendent and funded by the county board of commissioners places a laptop computer with each of the 1,700 middle and high school students. The project seeks to advance the lifelong learning abilities of the county's citizens.
The management of human resources is an important organizational function because it directly influences the attitudes, the performance, and the behaviors of employees. There are numerous functions of human resources, including recruitment, hiring, and planning for workforce development. Olson surveyed a number of North Carolina municipalities to determine how responsibilities for the many human resource functions are distributed. She presents her findings and makes recommendations.
Successful construction projects adhere both to deadlines and budgets. Many experts believe that the key to the success of a construction project is the process by which it is organized and managed, or the \"project-delivery method.\" Historically, state laws restricted public owners to using a project-delivery method called design-bid-build. In 2001, three more methods were added to the North Carolina General Statutes. Riecke discusses the implication to the construction industry of each method.
Nonprofit agencies are created with specific functions or populations in mind. Such agencies tend to be either leader-dominated or community-based. In part 1 of this series, Henderson describes a series of characteristics that indicate when a nonprofit organization might be more accountable to and controlled by one person than it is to the community it was created to serve.