Governmental Operations

For too long, too little attention has been paid to the administrative arena of state government. This article examines recent trends and emerging issues in the scope, size and structure of state administration and the status and skills of administrators. The authors analyze data collected as part of the American State Administrators Project to identify trends in the personal and educational attributes and career paths of top-level state administrators.

Chapter 8 of the 2002 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 7 of the 2000-2001 Book of the States contains the following tables:

Trends indicate a tight labor market for Information Technology (IT) professionals in the United States. For example, a report by the Information Technology Association of America and Virginia Tech estimates there are 346,000 vacancies in core IT positions.' Surveys of the private sector show that the recruiting and retaining IT professionals remains a difficult task in light of the increasing demand for employees, the apparent lack of qualified workers and the dynamics of hi-tech industries.