Inspire and Hire Mission-Critical Talent

Our Goal

Federal agencies effectively recruit and hire qualified talent to meet their mission-critical needs.

The Challenge

Individuals younger than 30 years of age make up 23 percent of the U.S. workforce, but account for only 7 percent of permanent, full-time federal employees. As almost half of the federal workforce nears retirement age, it is critical for the government to recruit and hire members of the millennial generation, particularly in the mission-critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math where there is stiff competition with the private sector.

The Opportunity

We can broaden and reshape our government workforce by working on two fronts. One is by increasing knowledge about federal careers among college students and recent graduates, and educating students, faculty and career professionals about federal opportunities and how students apply for them.

The other is by removing impediments to public service that candidates at all experience levels face. We can work with federal agencies to improve recruiting and hiring and assist them with fully using internship programs, including assessments that aid agencies in converting the best interns to full-time employees.

Our Work in Action

Our Call to Serve program is the only national network of colleges and universities dedicated exclusively to promoting federal service. It connects more than 1,000 colleges and universities with dozens of federal agencies to inspire students and recent graduates to enter public service, promote federal opportunities and assist agencies with their ability to recruit talent effectively.

But federal agencies need to be more proactive to compete for top talent at all levels. Through our workshops, group planning sessions and customized work, the Partnership helps agencies develop first-class recruiting, hiring and onboarding programs to attract and retain the talent they need.

We also work with agencies to implement the Federal Student Ambassadors program, which uses peer-to-peer outreach on college campuses to build talent pipelines and shape agencies’ overall recruiting strategies. Since 2012, we have worked with six agencies and more than 70 ambassadors.

The Partnership also has played a pivotal role in working with agencies, the administration and Congress to reform the federal hiring process and help agencies implement the Pathways Programs. We also testified before Congress on progress made in implementing federal hiring reforms, the challenges that remain and additional efforts agencies and Congress could take to recruit, hire and develop the federal human resources workforce.



Informational Webinar: Excellence in Government Fellows Program Application
August 24

Are you trying to decide if the Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government Fellows Program is right for you? Join us online to learn more about the program’s benefits and what you can expect as an EIG participant. We will also share helpful hints for completing your application and will conclude with a Q&A session.

Employee Engagement Online Training Series
August 30, 31 and September 1

The Partnership’s Employee Engagement training sessions are designed to provide frontline supervisors and managers with research-supported, actionable steps to help improve employee engagement.

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Informational Webinar: Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program
September 1

If you’re interested in applying for the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program, one of the Partnership for Public Service’s leadership development opportunities customized for federal employees, register for our upcoming webinar on September 1. We’ll discuss the program’s goals, benefits, application procedures and more.

Managing the Tensions Between Innovation and Risk
September 1

Managing the tensions between the strong desire to be creative and the natural aversion to taking risks is challenging for all organizations. Join us for a discussion on how federal agencies can develop risk-smart cultures that foster innovation and manage vulnerabilities.

How a Case for Change Can Help Your Agency Transition to Shared Services
September 7

While implementing a shared services model is a daunting task, there are undeniable benefits that make the endeavor worthwhile for any agency. Please joinus for a workshop exploring the benefits of implementing shared services.

This event is intended for a federal audience

Walking the Line: Inspectors General Balancing Independence and Impact
September 8

Join us for a discussion about the findings and recommendations of our new report, “Walking the Line: Inspectors General Balancing Independence and Impact.” A panel of experts will also discuss the role of IGs and how they can help improve agency operations through effective oversight.

Discussion on the Next Administration’s Management Priorities
September 13

Join us for the release of “Making Government Work for the American People: A Management Roadmap for the New Administration.” Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier will host a conversation with experts, including former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, on the importance of a strong management agenda for the next administration.

Live stream: 2016 Service to America Medals Gala
September 20

On September 20, the Partnership for Public Service will announce our 15th annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals honorees, including our second annual People’s Choice award winner. Join us online as we stream this year’s “Oscars of government service” live from Washington, DC.

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In the News / August 23, 2016
Are government jobs cool enough for millennials?

In the News / August 11, 2016
Millennials have lots of problems with working government jobs

In the News / July 13, 2016
Bill would allow special pay, bonuses for hard-to-fill federal jobs


Research and Publications / June 23, 2016
Partnership for Public Service 2015 Annual Report

Congressional Testimony / April 12, 2016
Written Statement of Max Stier for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management

Research and Publications / August 27, 2015
#Now Hiring: The Role of Social Media in Agency Recruiting


Call to Serve for Federal Agencies

The federal agency pillar of the Call to Serve program focuses on improving the ability of federal agencies to recruit and hire top students to careers in the public sector. Through our programs, events and resources, the Partnership is committed to helping agencies secure the right talent and navigate the often complex Pathways Programs.

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Call to Serve for Colleges and Universities

The college and university pillar of the Call to Serve program is designed to educate a new generation about federal service. We currently work with a network of more than 1,000 colleges and universities and provide advisors with cost-effective ways to educate students about careers in the public sector.

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Federal Student Ambassadors

Agencies use the Partnership’s Federal Student Ambassadors program to raise interest in their career opportunities at specific colleges and universities, build long-term relationships with campus stakeholders and create pipelines of qualified talent for key positions.

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Recruiting and Hiring Assistance

The Partnership works with agencies to develop custom programs ranging from half-day workshops to months-long engagements that meet specific recruiting and hiring needs, particularly for the Pathways Programs. Our approach draws on our experiences working with multiple agencies and hundreds of leaders across federal government.

For more information about our custom programs, contact Emily McConnell at

Go Government

Go Government is a resource with comprehensive tips for how to find and apply for federal jobs. The site helps jobseekers research federal agencies and careers in government, understand federal terms, navigate USAJOBS—the government’s career board— and access practical tips about the application and interview process.

Visit the Go Government Website

Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

Highlighting the many ways that government makes a difference in the world is critical to attracting and retaining top talent. The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) highlight dedicated federal employees who have made significant contributions to our country. Honorees are chosen based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.

Visit the Sammies Website