977 Winter 2019 Neither Snow nor Rain, But Amazon?
Thursday, 9:40–11:05, Feb. 14
Instructor: Christine Pommerening
Coordinator: Luci Martel
The United States Postal Service is one of the oldest and most trusted organizations within the federal government. However, recent (and not-so-recent) developments have led the USPS to the brink of financial collapse, and many people think it will need to change radically to survive in the new economic environment. This class will analyze some of the reasons for the current situation, from technological changes to government reorganization to the universal service obligation, and explore options for change.
Christine Pommerening has taught at George Mason University since 2004. Her areas of expertise include infrastructure and cyber-physical systems security, risk management and resilience, and national and international governance. She was a senior research associate at the Center for Infrastructure Protection at Mason’s School of Law, focusing on public- and private-sector responses to industrial accidents, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks. Currently, Dr. Pommerening is a managing director at novaturient, a consultancy specializing in organizational change and risk management, with clients in government and the private sector. She holds a PhD in public policy from Mason.