How federal agencies can reopen after the pandemic in an inclusive and equitable way
Even as federal offices begin to reopen, hybrid work environments and remote work are likely to remain options for many employees. We offer four strategies to help agencies successfully reopen in an equitable and inclusive way and ensure their employees are able to succeed in this new work environment.
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.
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.
Collaboration in action: How federal agencies work with local communities to create better health equity
The Health and Equity Collaborative, an initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services, meets regularly to create more equitable health policies, programs and practices in the western region. Commander Matthew C. Johns, the region’s health administrator, shares three lessons from the collaborative’s work that agencies can use to improve health equity and support underserved communities.
How Federal Executive Boards played a key role in supporting the federal workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic
Federal Executive Boards, which coordinate the activities of agencies outside of the Washington, D.C., area, supported federal employees when the coronavirus pandemic spread across the country. In addition to adapting their own work, the boards provided guidance to help federal agencies navigate their new work environments.
How the Transportation Security Administration’s mission-support offices used a customer focus to adapt to the pandemic
The Transportation Security Administration was well-positioned to adapt its work when the coronavirus pandemic hit because the department’s mission-support headquarters had previously developed open communication with agents in the field, facilitating effective solutions to new work challenges.
How the Small Business Administration successfully launched a hiring surge during the COVID-19 pandemic
Tasked with administering the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program amid a rapidly spreading pandemic in late March 2020, Small Business Administration leaders realized the agency needed a larger staff to manage the program effectively. In less than a year, the agency implemented a successful hiring surge to more than double its workforce.
The federal government faced down pandemic challenges, delivering “bright spots” during a dark time
As the COVID-19 pandemic affected our country in unprecedented ways, the federal government innovated and made improvements to continue serving the public. The Partnership compiled a list of accomplishments and outlined actions from across government to highlight the ingenuity, efficiency and adaptability agencies have demonstrated this past year.
Three ways federal leaders can improve COVID-19 collaboration between national and local governments
To meet the distinct needs of the communities they serve, government leaders must work to connect federal staff with rural, suburban, urban and tribal localities. We offer three ways for federal leaders to foster this collaboration and create community-focused outcomes.
Researchers apply AI to medical imaging to learn about COVID-19
In August 2020, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering announced a new AI initiative, the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center. The center created a collaborative community that applies AI to medical imaging to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.