ICF International

IFC.jpgICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver consulting services and technology solutions in the energy, climate change, environment, transportation, social programs, health, defense, and emergency management markets. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from analysis and design through implementation and improvement. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. ICF’s Web site is www.icfi.com

Improving Data to Combat Human Trafficking

Although the United States passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) nearly 10 years ago, policy makers and direct service providers continue to struggle with questions regarding the scope of human trafficking and effective ways to combat this problem. ICF International details the need for a clear data tracking system to inform estimation and evaluation of human trafficking, and ICF’s recommendations for improvement.

Creating Economic Opportunity for Working Families

For many U.S. families, securing employment does not alleviate poverty because they lack real assets that grow wealth and provide security. Asset-based policies—allowing or even helping low-income families build wealth—are an increasingly popular strategy to facilitate financial stability. ICF International examines various ways the federal government can help increase assets.

Outsourcing Energy Efficiency: A Clean Energy Resource for the 21st Century

To meet the energy, economic, and environmental challenges of this new century, the United States needs new models for delivering energy efficiency on a larger scale and at a faster pace than ever before. ICF International explores three such models: infrastructure investment, market aggregation and transformation, and outsourcing.

Transparent Governing: Applying Information Technology to Improve Public Involvement in Rulemaking

The Obama Administration has promised greater openness and improved transparency in its execution of public business. As the new Administration begins the arduous task of governing, it needs to determine the role information technology (IT) will play in enhancing transparency in the regulatory decision-making process. ICF International sets forth a vision for enhanced transparency and explores how IT tools can be used to obtain meaningful information and synthesize public input throughout the rulemaking process.

Transforming Dropout Prevention Policy and Practice

School dropout is a widespread and serious problem in the United States, with enormous consequences for students who choose its path. While recent federal efforts related to dropout prevention measure the extent of the problem, this white paper explores ICF's recommendations to solve it. And while there is no "magic bullet" with regard to dropout prevention, effective changes to policy and practice based on in-depth research and a multi-faceted approach can positively change the lives of American youth.

Building Effective Summer Youth Employment Programs

The recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 includes $1.2 billion for youth employment activities but does not provide associated policy guidance for implementation. ICF International presents a basic foundation for summer youth employment program development. It is designed to help states and localities identify key program design issues and to provide Congress and the Administration with policy strategies for implementing successful summer youth programs in the current economy.

Aligning Environmental, Tax, and Workforce Development Policies to Create a Green-Collar Workforce

President Obama has outlined an aggressive national agenda to reduce carbon emissions, increase the production of renewable sources of energy, improve energy efficiency, and expand "green-collar" employment opportunities in poor, disadvantaged, and disconnected communities. Achieving this bold vision is an immensely complex undertaking requiring the coordination of a wide-range of policies across federal agencies. ICF International provides an initial analysis of the key questions facing policy makers in Congress and the Administration as those charged with implementation seek to align diverse agencies and policies with the "green-collar" workforce vision.

Why Are New Teachers Leaving? The Case for Beginning-Teacher Induction and Mentoring

The first year of teaching is a “make or break” time. Approximately 30 percent of all beginning teachers either move to a different school or leave teaching at the end of their first year. This paper proposes four action steps for beginning-teacher induction and mentoring programs with the potential to not only keep teachers in the classroom, but increase student achievement and reduce school costs.

Improving Data to Combat Human Trafficking

Although the United States passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) nearly 10 years ago, policy makers and direct service providers continue to struggle with questions regarding the scope of human trafficking and effective ways to combat this problem. This white paper details the need for a clear data tracking system to inform estimation and evaluation of human trafficking, and ICF’s recommendations for improvement.

Conducting a Business Process Review of White House Compensation Practices

With transparency and the economy top priorities of the Obama Administration, ICF International recommends conducting a comprehensive business process review of the White House compensation practices. This review would ensure compensation is equitable across staff by job requirements and help to identify cost-efficient employment practices. A business process review also would highlight disparities between public service jobs in the White House and similar jobs in other governments and private sector. This white paper details the need for such a review and ICF’s business review process, including internal and external reviews, design of the new business process, and methods for effectively communicating findings.

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention: Integration Across Initiatives to Yield Greater Effectiveness

The number of overweight and obese American children has escalated since the 1970s, with rates more than doubling for preschoolers (ages 2 to 5). The problems can lead to depression and social isolation, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and other problems in adulthood. To curb the problem, the U.S. Federal Government must build on past success by integrating policy development, health promotion innovations, and best practices across key settings where pregnant women and young children spend time and where change agents can make a difference.

Greening the Housing Recovery

To prevent home loan delinquencies and foreclosures due to high energy costs, policymakers and program managers at the state and federal levels must enable both policy directives and program delivery mechanisms to put workable systems in place to deliver energy savings. ICF International advocates that turning this opportunity into reality can be easily achieved because key elements already exist.

Building State Capacity for Effective Management of Stimulus Funding

With the Obama Administration’s stimulus funding now law, states are poised to receive billions of dollars for investments in housing, infrastructure, energy efficiency, health care, and other priorities, with job creation a corollary benefit. But states are also on the spot to show they are using the money wisely, which could leverage future funding. ICF International is in a unique position to help states meet these challenges, with longtime experience in creating and managing human services programs at all levels of government.

Avoiding "Pain for Performance": How to Design and Implement an Effective Pay-For-Performance System

Building a pay-for-performance system is an evolutionary process that must begin with the basics. While ideally all five of the primary elements—culture and leadership, resources, policies and procedures, performance objectives, and evaluation plans—should be addressed before a pay-for-performance system is instituted, in reality, most agencies are not afforded the time. In this paper, ICF International provides a platform to raise awareness that the focus should remain on performance, thereby providing lasting results for the organizations.

Trafficking of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents—The Forgotten Victims and Survivors

Domestic trafficking of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents is a serious crime which exploits this country's most vulnerable populations. To date, insufficient effort has been made to fully understand and combat this modern slavery. ICF International describes the tremendous challenges faced by victims/survivors of domestic trafficking and the communities who serve them, and recommends specific steps that must be taken to ensure proper understanding of the issue and implementation of best practices for serving this population.

Economic Stimulus and NEPA Compliance—Streamlining the Environmental Review Process

ICF International explores ways that federal and state agencies can act to quickly and efficiently stimulate the economy while simultaneously complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and similar state environmental review laws, sometimes referred to as "Little NEPAs." ICF also summarizes how the NEPA environmental review process can be streamlined within the framework of existing laws and regulations.

A Pragmatic Approach to Stimulus Oversight

Because the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides a proportionally modest budget for program management, it must be managed effectively to meet the required standards of accountability and transparency. This paper provides a high-level framework for ARRA oversight activities that can be implemented immediately to help ensure accountability and responsibility in program execution.

Caring for Wounded Warriors: A Roadmap for the VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must re-examine how it delivers services to today's wounded warriors because of the severity and extent of injuries, the complexity of the medical and support services needed, and the unprecedented requirements placed on families. This white paper offers a conceptual framework for responding to the needs of today's Wounded Warrior community.

Pathways to Progress: Increasing Opportunities for Upward Mobility for Young Americans

Many young people in the United States today—the workforce of tomorrow—are unprepared to contribute to or succeed in today's economy. As a society, we are inadequately preparing young people to successfully transition to higher education or work. This crisis threatens our nation's ability to compete in a rapidly changing and competitive global economy. This brief highlights some proven strategies to increase opportunities for young Americans and transition youth toward work, education, and training. It also recommends a youth program, Promoting Self-Sufficiency for Youth through Employment and Training Initiative.

Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships – Learning from the Past, Building on the Promise

From the passage of welfare reform in the mid-1990s to the creation of the first federal Faith-Based and Community Initiative by the Bush Administration to President Obama's announcement of an Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, ICF takes a historic look at how the U.S. Federal Government has been fashioning a new relationship between the programs it funds to benefit needy Americans and the grassroots organizations that are often on the front lines of service delivery. Furthermore, the company looks at what's currently working and offers next steps based on its work with faith-based and neighborhood partnerships throughout the country in an effort to help these programs improve their programming, build their capacity, and enhance their ability to promote self-sufficiency for individuals, families, and communities.

Using Web 2.0 to Enable a More Transparent and Connected Democracy

Because of the Obama Administration’s push for improved transparency and public participation, government agencies have an opportunity to use Web 2.0 channels such as blogs, wikis, video/photo sharing, social networking, podcasts, and RSS feeds to reach the tens of millions of Americans who use these tools. This white paper illustrates how some federal agencies are currently using these tools and makes recommendations to help federal agencies in planning to take full advantage of Web 2.0 technologies.