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In 2020 and 2021, Congress allocated Covid relief packages totaling $4 trillion, the largest economic stimulus in United States history. Dealing with the unprecedented health and economic crisis of the pandemic required coordination among multiple federal agencies and with state, local and tribal governments. The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has established a new Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships (CIP) to strengthen collaboration and cooperation among leaders at all levels of government.

  • Terry Gerton, president and chief executive officer of NAPA, said the Covid-19 pandemic was partly what prompted the creation of the CIP as it demonstrated the importance of multi-level government integration.
  • Lessons learned from Covid-19 relief distribution, which involved some confusion among communities about how to spend the money, will improve future program design and management, said Gerton.
  • Gerton said NAPA has been encouraged by the amount of interest in the CIP and that the center will use independent research to help measure its succcess.

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