Meet 2022 People’s Choice Award winner Josh Josa from USAID
Congratulations to Josh Josa of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the winner of the 2022 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals® People’s Choice Award. The Partnership’s Jordan LaPier interviewed Josa and discussed how he has leveraged U.S. resources and influence to promote educational opportunities in developing nations for children and youth with disabilities.
Pride in government: The LGBTQ+ community and the federal workforce
In honor of Pride Month, we are looking at the struggle and success of LGBTQ individuals in the federal workforce. In 80 years, with advancements and backslides, the federal government has transitioned from discriminating against LGBTQ+ employees to protecting their rights.
How three EIG teams helped government prepare for natural disasters
Participants in the Excellence in Government Fellows program led efforts to improve the country’s response to natural disasters and promote disaster planning, including providing for people with disabilities, offering first aid training and improving earthquake safety.
Veterans Benefits Administration diversity and equal employment
The Veterans Benefits Administration has long sought to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Margarita Devlin, the agency’s principal deputy under secretary for benefits, discusses the four ways VBA is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.
The importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the federal government
The federal government must create a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment to fulfill its unique mission. The Partnership’s diversity statement can help agencies meet this standard.
How leadership development can foster inclusivity: Q&A with a Preparing to Lead graduate
Thushara Wijetilaka, a recent graduate of Preparing to Lead and a member of the deaf community, spoke with the Partnership about the benefits of this program, including the leadership skills she developed and the flexibility of the virtual sessions.
Thanking veterans all year long
Not only do veterans help protect our country by serving in the military, but they help Americans by serving in the federal government. Even though Veterans Day has passed, we should be thanking veterans for the many ways they serve our country all year long.
Civil service reform is 40 years old: Reflecting on what government should keep, what it should change
Partnership President and CEO Max Stier and Volcker Alliance President Thomas W. Ross reflect on the 40th anniversary of the Civil Service Reform Act. While we celebrate its successes, they say it’s also time to look forward and commit to modernizing our civil service system once again.