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Op-ed: America is rapidly approaching an HR crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people are retiring, and yet civil service isn't attracting new employees. Only 6% of career federal workers are under 30.

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Emerging HR Leaders

Enhances leadership abilities for high-potential HR employees

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Excellence in Government Fellows Program

Prepares senior-level federal managers to become effective leaders capable of driving change in their agencies

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Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals

Develops federal acquisition leaders that agencies need to spearhead cost-saving, performance-improving, innovation-driving efforts

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2017 Annual Report

This year's report highlights our programs and impact over the past year and shares how we plan to continue working with federal leaders, Congress and other partners toward a government that is more effective, innovative and responsive to the needs of its citizens.


Preparing for the Federal Workforce of the Future

Agency reorganization efforts offer federal leaders the opportunity to drive change and reimagine how their organizations operate. To best serve the American people and accomplish ambitious new goals, it's crucial that agencies have the right talent in place.

The Partnership and Booz Allen Hamilton

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The Federal Exodus

Nonpartisan civil servants are leaving this administration in droves. Here’s why America needs them to stay.


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Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Engaging Employees to Improve the Work Experience

Private-sector companies have made tremendous headway improving the employee experience by using human-centered design, a problem-solving approach that more actively involves the people who are affected by the problem. Since it’s worked in the private sector, we decided to put it to the test in government. Read all about agencies’ key takeaways in our latest issue brief.

The Partnership and Deloitte

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Guide for Incoming Cabinet Deputy Secretaries

Incorporating feedback from former deputy secretaries, this guide is designed to support a deputy secretary lead effectively from their first day. It lists what they need to know, who they need to meet and what they need to communicate.

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Leading Change

Federal leaders are constantly rethinking and restructuring federal agencies to find efficiencies and increase effectiveness. We tapped experts who have led agency transformations and uncovered seven key recommendations to assist senior executives as they drive strategic, organizational and operational changes at their agencies.

The Partnership and Booz Allen Hamilton

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The 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

The annual rankings measure the organizational health of our federal government. Discover which agencies are leading the way in improving government employee engagement.

The Partnership and Deloitte

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The Future has Begun: Using Artificial Intelligence to Transform Agencies

AI has become commonplace in the commercial world. It also is starting to change how our government works—from serving vulnerable populations to helping prevent wildlife crime. Our first research brief on this topic details the experiences of four organizations exploring the potential of AI.

The Partnership and IBM Center for The Business of Government

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The Forward-Looking Inspector General

This report examines how IGs can contribute to agencies accomplishing their mission. By focusing as much on impact as they do on process, IGs can play a crucial role in helping government meet the needs of Americans. The new issue brief includes four key strategies IGs can use to move toward a more forward looking role.

The Partnership and Grant Thornton

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