Newswise — President Obama is rebooting his administration in the State of the Union Address, “fundamentally resetting” his course, says Donald Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and author of “Next Government of the United States.”

“This is a fundamental reset of the Obama administration: an effort to hit notes that many thought were missing in the first two years, especially on jobs; a strategy of trying to get to the middle before the Republicans can get there; a commitment to shrinking the deficit while making strategic investments to grow jobs; and a focus on the initiatives, especially health care, that were at the core of his agenda in the 2008 campaign,” Kettl explains.

“It’s a very difficult set of balls to juggle at once, especially with such a harsh spotlight on the center ring. But this is the make-or-break effort for his administration,” he adds.

Kettl is available for media interviews.

BRIEF BIOKettl is a student of public policy and public management and specializes in the management of public organizations. He has appeared on national television on shows including Good Morning America, the ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" and "The Situation Room," the Fox News Channel, as well as public television's News Hour and the BBC. He has testified frequently at congressional hearings in Washington and contributed to op-ed pages in major newspapers, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, and The Los Angeles Times. Since 1998, he has been writing a regular column for Governing magazine, "Potomac Chronicle," which is read by leading state and local government officials around the country.

Kettl is the author or editor of a dozen books and monographs, including: The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them; On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina; The Global Public Management Revolution; and Leadership at the Fed. More information.