Year in Review

National, state, and local officials representing both the public and private sectors have participated in a number of professional forums at the LBJ School since the academic year began in late August. Some of these events, which are part of the LBJ School's effort to promote dialogue on current policy concerns, are highlighted here.

Transportation Forum
U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and other transportation experts from throughout the country held a policy forum on August 27 at the LBJ School to discuss opportunities and challenges for transportation in the new millennium.

The event, held on Lyndon Johnson's birthday, honored the 30th anniversary of the legislation signed into law by President Johnson to create the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Latin American Development Forum
Officials from the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) met at the LBJ School with UT Austin scholars and local business leaders to discuss new priorities in Latin American development.

The one-day forum, held in September, focused on the changing economic and institutional environment in many Latin American countries; discussed new provisions adopted by international development finance organizations like the IDB and the International Monetary Fund; and informed Texas business leaders about opportunities to participate in projects sponsored by the IDB.

Ethics Conference
Also in September, the LBJ School and the Texas Ethics Commission hosted a two-day conference on ethics in government that examined the issue of how government entities can earn the public trust.

The conference included such speakers as Texas Secretary of State Antonio O. Garza Jr.; Michael Josephson, nationally recognized expert on ethics and values in the public sector; Austin American-Statesman Editor Richard Oppel; and Claire Dawson-Brown, chief of the Travis County Public Integrity Division. Other participants included high-ranking officials from numerous state agencies as well as local and county officials, news media representatives, university administrators, and a number of private attorneys.

Military Leadership Seminar
A defense education seminar on the accountability of military leadership drew participants from all branches of the national armed forces to the LBJ School on October 31.

Featuring General R. Fogleman, a retired U.S. Air Force chief of staff, the event was hosted by the LBJ School and cosponsored by the Military Affairs Council/Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Reserve Officers Association.

A panel led by LBJ School Edwin Dorn, who is the former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, focused on the question, "Are our military leaders up to the challenge of 'duty, honor, country' when their business and political leaders may not be?"

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