Why we can’t afford another government shutdown
Shutdowns and continuing resolutions hurt the people this country serves, yet they have become far too common. Partnership Executive Vice President James-Christian Blockwood discusses the harmful effects of shutdowns on critical work , such as strategic planning, and shares solutions to avoiding future shutdowns.
The Partnership for Public Service launches the Alliance for Congress, a new initiative to support Congress and strengthen our democracy
The Partnership launches the Alliance for Congress, an ambitious new initiative dedicated to helping Congress become a more effective institution by investing in its own capacity to tackle big issues facing the nation and to better serve the public good.
How can Congress help prevent future pandemics?
As the U.S continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators have introduced bills that would establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the pandemic and the national response. Should a commission be established, it must acknowledge how federal management issues affected the nation’s response.
Congressional support agencies lead the way on employee engagement
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s legislature acted to answer the needs of the American people, and they did this with the critical support of two legislative branch agencies that work behind the scenes – the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office.
Three lessons to make government work better now and in the future
The people in this country, and leaders in the executive branch and Congress can all work together to improve government. These three foundational lessons can help these groups connect to solve today’s challenges and build a more effective government.
Tell your representative to protect our merit-based civil service
The president recently signed an executive order that undermines competitive civil service requirements and could replace tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of career civil servants with officials who essentially act as political appointees. Send a letter through the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association to tell Congress to protect our merit-based civil service by opposing this order in their next funding bill.
Five ways Congress can strengthen the independence of inspectors general
For inspectors general to fulfill their roles, they need to able to work without interference from agency leaders. Congress must take action to preserve and strengthen the independence of inspectors general.
How to prepare for another partial government shutdown
Until a funding bill has been signed into law, federal agencies need to prepare for the possibility of another partial government shutdown. Here are the steps leaders can take to ready their workforce.
What the election results could mean for federal employees
With control of the House of Representatives shifting to the Democrats, there will be significant changes to the way Congress approaches the civil service. While there is a lot we do not yet know, the election likely affected two big issues: government reorganization and workforce policy. Here’s how.