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Diversity in federal leadership matters: Perspectives from a public servant

Robert Tse, senior policy advisor at the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utility Service, spoke with us about how diverse leadership can help government build a more inclusive workforce and offer more equitable services. He shared how his own racial and ethnic identity impacts his work and how we can leverage the diversity of the federal workforce to make services more accessible.

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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.

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How a lack of data led to vaccine inequity

During the past year, failures in the public health data infrastructure prevented state and local authorities from getting accurate information about COVID-19 prevalence and spread, leaving them unable to recommend equitable interventions. State and federal governments must work together and share data that would enable officials to track disease spread, vaccination rates and other health information in different communities to provide more equitable interventions.

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Meet the 2021 Service to America Medal finalists

This Public Service Recognition Week, the Partnership announced the 29 exceptional finalists for the 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists. This year’s Sammies program features a new COVID-19 response category to recognize the federal employees who supported the government’s pandemic response.

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Congress enacted the first coronavirus relief bill one year ago. How has the money been spent?

One year after Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, we examined how the funds have been spent. In an event co-hosted with the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, and Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Administration, discussed how the emergency bill benefited the public.

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