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Many of the systems and structures underpinning the federal workforce are out of date and poorly serve our federal workforce.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.
Congressional Testimony / June 24, 2015
Partnership Testifies on Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Legislation
Research and Publications / June 23, 2015
Putting Together the Performance Pieces: A Practical Guide for Federal Agencies
Research and Publications / April 13, 2015
Cyber In-Security II: Closing the Federal Talent Gap
Research and Publications / April 01, 2015
2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Analysis: Innovation
Research and Publications / March 12, 2015
Helping Government Deliver II: The Obstacles and Opportunities Surrounding Shared Services
News Release / July 15, 2015
Partnership for Public Service Announced Inaugural Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award
News Release / June 16, 2015
Partnership for Public Service Applauds the Senate for Introducing Hiring Reform Bill
News Release / May 03, 2015
Federal Workers Named Contenders for “Oscars” of Government Award—the Esteemed Service to America Medals
News Release / April 30, 2015
Partnership for Public Service Releases Statement Applauding Senators Carper and Johnson
In the News / July 13, 2015
Firing More VA Employees Faster Will Not Improve Services for Veterans-Commentary