The Partnership’s Government Affairs team advocates for legislation to inspire a new generation to serve and to transform the way government works. We seek to educate policymakers and staff on key issues and challenges facing agencies and the federal workforce and engage Congress on the Partnership’s research, programs and events. We believe Congress can, and should, take a proactive role in building an effective and efficient federal government.
In order for government to perform at its very best, agencies must be able to inspire and ultimately hire top talent.
The Partnership works to educate Congress and ensure that agencies have the tools they need to attract, select and hire the best people for federal service.
Strong leadership is key to building an effective federal government.
The Partnership seeks reforms to strengthen the Senior Executive Service (SES) and ensure agencies are able to attract, develop and retain the very best leaders for the future. In addition, we seek broader structural reform of the SES to enable our government to operate as a single enterprise, rather than a collection of different agencies, and to view executives as enterprise-wide assets who can work across agencies and sectors to solve complex challenges. As part of the Partnership’ Ready to Govern initiative, the Government Affairs team is also exploring ways to improve the preparation of presidential transition teams and reform the nomination process to strengthen leadership at the highest level.
A highly engaged workforce has a clear and positive impact on agency productivity and mission performance.
The Partnership, through the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings, educates Congress on how employee engagement impacts government performance, and briefs Members of Congress and staff on engagement at specific agencies. The Best Places to Work rankings use data from the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to measure the commitment and satisfaction of federal employees.
Many of the systems and structures underpinning the federal workforce are out of date and poorly serve our federal workforce.
Rather than a collection of distinct agencies managed under a number of disparate systems, the Partnership is committed to a vision of the federal government managed as a single enterprise, in which agencies work together and share resources to achieve their mission. We seek to address the many management challenges our government faces, including costly and duplicative business systems, limited availability and use of performance metrics, and an ineffective and outdated civil service system. Our report, “Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework” offers specific recommendations for sweeping reforms to the civil service, and the Partnership is committed to working with Congress on both immediate improvements and longer-term reforms in each of these areas to once again make the federal government an employer of choice.
Congress plays a critical role in building and maintaining an engaged and effective federal workforce.
The Partnership works to educate Congress about the important contributions federal employees make every day across the country and encourages Members to be champions for more efficient and effective government.
Research and Publications / September 16, 2015
Government Disservice: Overcoming Washington Dysfunction to Improve Congressional Stewardship of the Executive Branch
Congressional Testimony / September 16, 2015
Written Statement of Max Stier for the Senate Committe on Veterans Affairs Regarding S. 1856 and S. 290
Research and Publications / August 27, 2015
#Now Hiring: The Role of Social Media in Agency Recruiting
Research and Publications / August 05, 2015
2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Analysis: Improving the Employee Experience
Congressional Testimony / June 24, 2015
Partnership Testifies on Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Legislation
News Release / October 07, 2015
Exceptional Federal Workers to Receive Prestigious 2015 Service to America Medals, the “Oscars of Government Service”
News Release / September 17, 2015
New Report Offers Ideas to Address Government Dysfunction
News Release / September 11, 2015
Government Disservice: Waste and Inefficiency in Federal Agencies Linked Directly to Congressional Dysfunction, According to New Report
In the News / September 01, 2015
Transitions Act Heads to House
News Release / August 31, 2015
Partnership for Public Service Welcomes Two New Vice Presidents: Senior Finance Executive and Business Leader, John Gilbert, and Communications and Advocacy Veteran, Chad Tragakis