Analyzes lessons-learned from government downsizing in the 1990s and provides eight budget reduction strategies for policy makers and agency leaders as they begin to make difficult fiscal decisions about what’s important—and what’s expendable at federal agencies.
For more than 35 years, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program has been the government’s premier initiative for recruiting and developing top talent from graduate schools across the country. How do participants’ first impressions of the program and their federal agencies compare to how they felt at the conclusion of the two-year fellowship? Are the fellows still committed to public service? What changes need to be made to ensure the program remains a critical pathway to federal service for high-achieving individuals?
In the Partnership’s new issue brief, we surveyed, with assistance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), members of the PMF class of 2011 after completing their two-year fellowships to assess the program’s strengths and weaknesses as well as participants’ satisfaction with their supervisors and rotational and work assignments. In 2011, we surveyed the same group about their initial impressions of the PMF program and their agencies. The findings reveal some positive aspects of the program and some areas of improvement for agencies and OPM.
First Lady Michelle Obama greets the winners of the 2014 Sammies Awards, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, and executives in the East Garden Room (Booksellers Area) of the White House, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).
On Monday, September 22, the Partnership for Public Service presented outstanding public servants with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies). Having earned the reputation as the “Oscars” of public service, the achievements of the 2014 medal recipients range from improving the lives of paralyzed veterans to arguing 125 cases before the Supreme Court to recovering nearly a billion dollars in stolen Medicare funds. The top medal, Federal Employee of the Year, was presented to Rana Hajjeh and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for leading a global vaccination campaign, the Hib Initiative, which will save the lives of millions of children.
“The Service to America Medals are a powerful illustration of the good that government workers do every day, and their impact on our lives,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO. “The best way to strengthen our government is to build on what is working. We will never get what we want from government if all we do is tear it down.”
The Partnership for Public Service has paired up with the IBM Center for The Business of Government to create Conversations on Big Data, a series of podcast interviews with federal leaders exploring the power of analytics to enhance the way federal agencies carry out their mission.
This week’s conversation is with Steve Beltz, who discusses the challenges, opportunities and lessons he learned from his experiences managing analytics activities at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, where he is assistant director of the Recovery Operation Center.
In the new report, “Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework,” the Partnership for Public Service calls for major reforms to the federal government’s decades-old civil service system and lays out a plan to modernize areas that include the outdated pay and hiring policies.
“Our nation’s civil service system is a relic of a bygone era,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Our nation’s leadership must make it a priority to create a civil service system that our public servants deserve and that will produce the results our country needs.”
Produced in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, the comprehensive report calls the federal personnel system, the foundation for effective government, obsolete and in crisis, and an obstacle rather than an aid in attracting, hiring, retaining and developing top talent.
The report calls for overhauling the entire civil service system, including pay, performance management, hiring, job classification, accountability and workplace justice, and the Senior Executive Service, the nation’s career leadership corps.
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.
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