Managing Organizations in Unusual and Uncertain Conditions: The Environmental Protection Agency's Recovery Act Stewardship Plan

Abstract

At the time the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) was enacted, Stefan Silzer was well into the second month of an assignment as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (1). He was serving as Acting Director of the Office of Financial Management (OFM) in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Silzer felt good about his assignment. His vision was to transform OFM from a financial reporting organization to a high performing, Agency-wide driver of financial performance. He immediately recognized that the Recovery Act could be the catalyst to make his vision a reality.

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