PA584 You Decide Intergovernmental Management Week 6 Keller


A state emergency management agency will be conducting a training exercise with a federal agency. Specifically, a disaster simulation will occur with hundreds of volunteers as well as first responders using actual supplies and equipment. The exercise will be paid for by the state agency but with money obtained via a grant from the federal government.

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You need to draft a summary of how you will handle the situation. Specific questions that should be addressed include the following:

  • Do you feel that there might be an ethical issue present? For the moment, assume that no laws have been broken and just focus on any possible ethical issues.
  • Explain how a competitive bidding arrangement might be useful. Do you see any impediments to using such a bidding process in this instance?
  • If you were going to report a suspected ethical issue, how would you do so? For instance, to whom would you report? Would you discuss the matter with anyone first?
  • Does the fact that you have only been recently hired play into your decisions?
  • Lastly, please assume that you suspect that some state or federal laws have been broken. In other words, the problems might be beyond just a possible ethical issue. Would this change your handling of the situation?

After reading through the You Decide activity and considering the questions listed here, please prepare a paper in APA format. The paper should include responses to the specific questions posed above, but you may include other points if you so desire. The paper should be double spaced, 11-point or 12-point type, and between 500 and 1,000 words.

Course: PA584 Intergovernmental Management
School: DeVry University / Keller Graduate School of Management


Given the scenario, your role and the information provided by the key players involved, it is time for you to make a decision. If you are finished reviewing this scenario, close this window and return to this week’s You Decide item, in your course window, to complete the activity for this scenario. You can return and review this scenario again at any time.

Your Role

You have recently been hired as a mid-level manager at this state agency. One of your first responsibilities is to coordinate this training exercise with a federal agency. Another part of the scope of your authority is to coordinate the purchase of supplies and services for the training exercise. Upon meeting your counterpart at the federal agency, you found him to be quite personable and complimentary to you. However, he almost immediately tried to influence you to direct the purchases of supplies to a specific salesperson. You’ve also met this sales representative. Your boss wants you to handle as much of the exercise as is reasonable and wants what she calls “good press” out of the event.

Key Players

Jim Phanner
Planning Manager, FEMA

It’s great to be working with you! As you know, my agency made a sizeable grant to your department to make this training exercise possible, So we’ll be spending federal dollars. I’m hoping that some of those dollars can go to my good buddy Pat Provedor’s company, They might not always be the cheapest source for supplies but they are reliable and we’ve done lots of business together. And if you play your cards right, maybe he’ll invite you to watch a football game or two at the company’s skybox.

Pat Provedor
Sales Representative, Timo Manufacturing

I hear that you’re quite the football fan! As Jim might have told you, we’ve been working together a long time and we’ve been watching a lot of games together, Now as far as the business at hand, I’ve helped with some of these training exercises in other states and have a number of suggestions for you. I’ll work up a quote for you and send an agreement over by email this afternoon. Just get it signed off and we’ll be rolling!

Justine White
Your immediate supervisor

I’m glad that you’re coordinating this exercise. That’s one less item on my “to do” list. And I can’t tell you how critical it is to have this exercise come off without a hitch even with our limited timeframe. The feds have basically given us the money. We need to spend it wisely but it’s not as sensitive as with our normal appropriations. We mainly want some good press out of this deal. The politicians will be bragging about getting the grant for us. And any training that our local first responders can gain, all the better.

Grading Rubric

Your assignment will be graded according to the following criteria.

Understanding 20 Demonstrate a strong grasp of the problem at hand. Demonstrate understanding of how the course concepts apply to the problem.
Analysis 40 Apply original thought to solving the ethical problem. Correctly apply concepts from the course material toward solving the ethical problem.
Execution 20 Write your answer clearly and succinctly using strong organization and proper grammar. Use citations, if any, correctly.
Total 80 A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.


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