Building the workforce our government needs
At the Partnership for Public Service, we’re helping federal agencies address their workforce gaps. By advocating for needed policy changes; helping agencies improve their recruiting and hiring strategies; and educating students, faculty and career services professionals and talent more broadly about federal opportunities, we are removing the barriers that obstruct candidates at all experience levels from entering public service.
The Partnership plays a pivotal role advocating for reforms to the federal hiring process. Most recently, our work resulted in the passage of the Competitive Service Act, legislation that will allow agencies to more easily fill mission-critical positions. We also work with HR and hiring managers to increase their knowledge of how to use the hiring flexibilities available to them and collaborate effectively to recruit talent strategically. In 2016, we trained more than 150 HR professionals from across the bureaus at the Department of the Interior in four different locations. We’ve also developed the Call to Serve network, the only national system that works with both federal agencies and more than a thousand institutions of higher education to promote federal service. Since 2008, we have trained 200 Federal Student Ambassadors, who serve as peer-to-peer resources on their schools’ campuses to raise interest in agency career opportunities. Many of our agency partners rely on ambassadors to fill their entry-level positions with high-quality candidates.
Through workshops and webinars, as well as custom agency engagements, we help agencies address their recruiting and hiring challenges. Since 2013, our Civil Service Fellows Program has helped place candidates with STEM backgrounds into critical agency positions. And our Go Government website is a reliable resource helping prospective applicants find information about the federal hiring process. We also offer regular webinars and trainings to students and campus representatives to help educate top talent about opportunities in public service.
The federal agency pillar of the Call to Serve program focuses on improving the ability of federal agencies to recruit and hire top students to careers in the public sector. Through our programs, events and resources, the Partnership is committed to helping agencies secure the right talent and navigate the often complex Pathways Programs.Learn More
The college and university pillar of the Call to Serve program is designed to educate a new generation about federal service. We currently work with a network of more than 1,000 colleges and universities and provide advisors with cost-effective ways to educate students about careers in the public sector.Learn More
The Partnership works with agencies to develop custom programs ranging from half-day workshops to months-long engagements that meet specific recruiting and hiring needs, particularly for the Pathways Programs. Our approach draws on our experiences working with multiple agencies and hundreds of leaders across federal government.
Go Government is a resource with comprehensive tips for how to find and apply for federal jobs. The site helps jobseekers research federal agencies and careers in government, understand federal terms, navigate USAJOBS—the government’s career board— and access practical tips about the application and interview process.Visit the Go Government Website