Programs Overview

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® is the most comprehensive ranking of federal government organizations, drawing on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey of nearly 700,000 executive branch employees. The rankings are designed to offer job-seekers unprecedented insight into the best opportunities for public service and to provide managers and government leaders a road map for improving employee engagement and commitment.

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Call to Serve

The Call to Serve initiative is a joint effort of the Partnership and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to educate a new generation about the importance of a strong civil service, help re-establish links between federal agencies and campuses, and provide students with information about federal jobs. The Call to Serve network consists of more than 760 campuses and more than 75 federal agencies.

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Center for Government Leadership

Effective leadership is essential to driving reform in any organization. Unfortunately, leadership is one of the areas where our federal government most dramatically lags the private sector. Our Excellence in Government Fellows, Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program, Emerging HR Leaders Forum and Annenberg Leadership Seminars prepare rising federal leaders to solve pressing national issues by driving innovation, inspiring employees and delivering results.

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Federal Human Capital Collaborative

The Federal Human Capital Collaborative is a community of federal managers and human resources professionals who share best practices and devise government-wide strategies to address critical challenges identified by member agencies. The Emerging HR Leaders Forum, a benefit of membership in the Collaborative, helps high potential HR employees in the early stages of their federal careers learn about best practices through peer-sharing sessions, professional development activities and group discussions on timely HR topics.

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Government Affairs

The Partnership seeks to be an agent of change through its work on behalf of civil service reform legislation. Our contributions to the debate, and our help in building relationships, is yielding results and advancing legislation that will make the federal government a more attractive and rewarding place to work.

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Private Sector Council

The Partnership for Public Service’s Private Sector Council (PSC) connects experts from America’s top corporations with federal leaders to confront government’s key management challenges on an operational level. PSC’s primary purpose is to engage private sector expertise to improve the business of government.

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Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW)

Celebrated since 1985 the first Monday through Sunday in May, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.

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Ready to Govern

To shape the next president’s management plan, the Partnership for Public Service launched Ready to Govern, which offers recommendations for the presidential transition and establishes a framework for effective management in the next administration. The centerpiece will be a strategy to build and lead a first-rate federal workforce.

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Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies)

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals pay tribute to America’s dedicated federal workforce, highlighting those who have made significant contributions to our country. Honorees are chosen each year based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.

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Strategic Advisors to Government Executives (SAGE) Program

The Partnership for Public Service's Strategic Advisors to Government Executives (SAGE) program connects senior-level executives in government with their predecessors and private-sector counterparts, providing them with an opportunity to leverage prior government experience as well as private-sector capabilities to continue to help transform government and improve performance. The SAGE effort focuses on the senior leadership in government, tackling issues that affect the management of operational disciplines across the public-sector. The Partnership’s SAGE program is currently comprised of communities for Chief Information Officers (CIO), Chief Financial Officers (CFO) and Chief Acquisition Officers (CAO).

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