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La Follette professor elected to National Academy of Public Administration

October 8, 2008 By Karen Faster

David L. Weimer, professor of public affairs and political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been named a fellow-elect of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Weimer is an expert on cost-benefit analysis, and his current research focuses on health policy issues, including the role of report cards in promoting improved quality of care, the social and fiscal net benefits of screening for Alzheimer’s disease, the organ transplant network as a model for medical governance, and the proper measurement of social costs associated with the regulation of addictive goods like tobacco. His other research addresses issues in energy security, natural resource policy, education, and research methods.

A non-profit coalition of top public management and organizational leaders, the NAPA was chartered by Congress in 1967 to provide objective practical advice based on systematic research and expert analysis to help solve administrative issues confronting federal, state and local public agencies. Government agencies and congressional committees request much of the work that the NAPA does. It also conducts projects funded by foundations.

NAPA fellows include academic researchers and distinguished practitioners. Among the approximately 600 fellows are 18 current or former presidential cabinet members, 48 current or former federal agency commissioners or administrators, 111 current or former chancellors, presidents, or deans of universities and colleges.

Weimer, who served as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 2006, will be inaugurated as a fellow in Washington, D.C., on November 20.