Good government starts with good people – yet our federal government faces an unprecedented workforce crisis as experienced workers begin to retire and the pipeline of talent available to replace them continues to thin. The Roosevelt Scholars program is a new idea to incentivize more of the talented young people our government needs to enter federal service. By establishing a selective new graduate-level scholarship that ties financial assistance to a service commitment, Roosevelt Scholars would funnel talent directly into mission critical federal positions. Moreover, it presents an opportunity to collectively market the range of federal scholarship programs in a way that could make government service more attractive to all Americans by restoring prestige to federal jobs and helping to re-brand government service.
Federal Applicant’s Bill of Rights
The Federal Applicants’ Bill of Rights would establish minimum standards for federal hiring: job announcements should be clear, the application process should be user-friendly, applicant’s should receive timely communication and be able to track their application online and agencies should make a timely decision.
Tapping the Volunteer Pool: Non-Competitive Status for AmeriCorps Members
The quality of federal programs at all levels depends on a high-performing federal workforce. The federal government, however, is facing a significant recruiting and retention challenge as a variety of factors drive new talent toward the private sector. We propose expanding the federal talent pool and cutting red tape by affording AmeriCorps members a streamlined way to join the federal workforce.
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.